John Carroll offers the sacraments of Eucharist, Reconciliation (Confession), Baptism, Confirmation, and Marriage. These sacraments are recorded at Gesu Parish, our Diocese of Cleveland parish of record. Please Contact Gail Roussey for more information regarding the following sacraments.

Baptism & First Eucharist

John Carroll offers The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program for students interested in preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation. After a year-long period of preparation, the student receives the sacraments either at the Gesu Church Easter vigil or at the vigil celebration of the student’s home parish.

Baptism of children of John Carroll employees or of children of alumni must be arranged through Gesu Church and must comply with all Diocesan guidelines.


John Carroll campus ministry staff will prepare students for Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church. Confirmation is an eight-week program that also includes a service and retreat requirement. Students generally receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at Gesu Church in April. They may also elect to receive Confirmation at the Cathedral of Saint John in Cleveland at the vigil of Pentecost.

Reconciliation (Confession)

Penance services are held each semester (especially during Lent and Advent), followed by the opportunity for individual confession. Pizza is available in the atrium after confession – Penance and Pizza.

Our regular confession schedule during the academic year is as follows:

  • Mondays – Rev. Donald Cozzens – 3 p.m. (in his office, garden level of Administration Building)
  • Thursdays – Rev. Bernie McAniff, S.J.- Rodman Hall Chapel 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Rev. Bill Bichl, S.J., By appointment; call 216.397.3075
  • Confessions are also heard weekly in the Church of the Gesu, located at 2490 Miramar Boulevard, at 3 p.m. on Saturdays or by appointment.