Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Religious Studies




Using the Documents of Vatican II as the chief source, I propose to show in Part I how baptism is a witness to Christ in Christian community by our response to faith, responsibility to love, call to worship and fulfillment of person. Part II is based on the "Decree on the Appropriate Renewal of the Religious Life," and will show that baptism is a call to witness to Christ in religious community through the vows and community.

Hopefully, from this paper will result a more dynamic appreciation of Christian baptism and a greater understanding of the sacramental bond which unites us all in the fellowship of Christ. I chose to write this paper because I believe few people perceive what happens at baptism and I do believe we have a serious obligation to try to know and understand this great gift of God in so far as human capabilities permit.