You belong here: An invitation from Campus Ministry

By The Beacon | August 28, 2014 12:22am

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Anthony Paz|

Let’s play a quick game of word association: What comes to mind when you read “Campus Ministry?” Although I would hope that most of you reading this think of “fantastic” or “outstanding,” I have to admit that some neutral or negative associations might come up for some students. Whatever you think of Campus Ministry here at UP, or whether you think of us at all, allow us to reintroduce ourselves for the new school year.

We in Campus Ministry see our mission as an extension of the University’s desire to educate the whole person. Many of you chose UP over other schools because of the possibility of being a name rather than a number. Campus Ministry is here to help honor that choice. If you’re in college, then you’re changing and growing as you’re learning. In and out of class you’re coming up against big questions. Often those questions are inspiring and energizing, but sometimes they’re tough and confusing.

Campus Ministry exists to help UP students deal with the biggest of all questions. Regardless of what you’ve decided about your own faith or whether you’ve decided at all, we’re trying to carve out spaces and places for a supported, empowering exploration and observance of your worldview. In other words, people of all faiths and creeds are always welcome to join in on Campus Ministry events and activities.

Yes, our orientation is Catholic. But, part of being Catholic is recognizing the wonderful insights and blessings available in all sincere pursuits of the truth. So, whatever experience you’ve had with faith at UP, please know that this year, you belong to help us worship, celebrate and build up this community.

Maybe you’ve wanted to learn a bit more about Campus Ministry already, but didn’t known the best way to do that. We want that to be simple this year. If you celebrate Mass or go to a FISH event, you’ll hear about everything we have to offer. Whether it’s Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. or 9 p.m. in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher, nighttime Mass in your residence hall, or worship time with FISH in the Terrace Room on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., this is where we hope to be the most welcoming and joyful. There’s always a member of Campus Ministry staff or one of our awesome student leaders present at those weekly events. If you have questions or comments, or are looking for something in particular, talk with one of us!

Finally, we are happy to invite all first-years to a Connect- our retreat for Freshmen! This is going to be a great day of community-building, prayer, games and looking at the biggest question of them all. Show up in the New Commons at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7 and you’ll be welcomed unconditionally. Consider this our attempt to ensure a positive association with the phrase “Campus Ministry” from the very beginning.
Anthony Paz is assistant director for Liturgy and Catechesis. He can be reached at paz@up.edu or found in the Pilot House.

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