As a Catholic school, LJC provides opportunities, through catechetical instruction, for students and staff to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation. These Sacraments of Initiation are celebrated annually in the College affirming the fact that she carters and provides for not just the intellectual needs of members of the College Community but also for their spiritual needs.
Catechetical instruction at the College is for the purpose of receiving the sacrament hence meant only for students of the Catholic faith. However, non-Catholic students and members of staff who wish to receive the sacraments are asked to obtain a written consent from their parents or spouse as the case may be. This is because the aim of the program is not conversion to Catholicism but to enrich those who are born into the Catholic faith. The yearlong instruction takes place on Sundays before the celebration of the Holy Mass and is given by faculty and students who have been trained as catechist having been confirmed. It is usually a joy to see some of the recipients of these sacraments both academically and spiritually balanced.
The celebration of Baptism and First Holy Communion takes place annually on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, known in Latin as, Corpus Christi. Being a significant step in the faith journey of Catholics, parents and guardians of catechumens and Communicants are usually invited to celebrate with them and share their joy. Read More..
The annual celebration of the Confirmation takes place in the third term of the academic session but since the ordinary minister of the sacrament is the bishop, the date depends on the availability of the local ordinary of the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja. By virtue of the Sacrament of Confirmation, some members of the Pride become soldiers of Christ and of His Church. This constitutes a milestone in their faith journey worth celebrating with parents and guardians whom the College readily invites to the Liturgy. Read More..
As the name suggests, the graduation retreat is a retreat for members of the pride who are set to exit the College having completed their six years of studies and formation. The retreat is a requirement for graduation and offers students the special opportunity to evaluate themselves in relation to the profile of a graduate of a Jesuit secondary school at graduation: open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to justice.
Most times in life when we experience transitions, we simply just move on from one thing to another without caring to reflect on our experiences. Graduation Retreat is a chance for graduating students to look back on their time at Loyola and both acknowledge the hard times and celebrate the great moments.
This way, the students can identify aspects of the profile that they fully embody and those in which they are wanting. The three day retreat takes place few days to graduation and is facilitated by faculty of the College assisted by some Alumni.
Why Graduation Retreat?
Graduation Retreat allows students to reflect on their six year journey at the College before graduating to become alumni of the College for the rest of their lives. Thus, it:
i. Helps students with their transitions into the next phase of their life which would consists of academic pursuits both within and beyond the shores of Nigeria.
ii. Ensures that students exit the College well equipped for the world that awaits their arrival.