2015 was an incredibly fruitful year for us at St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry. If you have kept up with our monthly newsletters, you know that there were many changes to our ministry, particularly in personnel. But these changes, thankfully, didn't halt anything going on in the ministry; instead, we saw a great amount of Spiritual growth in the lives of the students we work with here at St. Mary's. From larger numbers at daily Mass, a greater presence on campus, more students committed to a life of prayer and discipleship, and better attended programs in general, it has been a phenomenal year!
While December tends to be a bit quieter in programs as our students prepare for final exams, it is a perfect time to reflect on what the Lord has done throughout the year. Some highlights include: a night of penance in January, where many students gathered to pray for an end to abortion; Fearless February, where we brought in several speakers to talk with our students about dating, vocations, and Theology of the Body; a successful run for the Knights annual fish fry in March; the reception of 8 men and women into the Church in April, along with 8 additional Confirmations; Bible studies during May, June, and July (attended by several community members and students); afantastic fall outreach in August, with many of our older students playing a much more active role in reaching the new freshmen for Christ; the best Awakening I have experienced in my time here in September (with 45 NEW retreaters!); monthly men's and women's days of recollection, which launched in October with an incredible attendance; the largest induction class yet for Kappa Upsilon Sigma in November; and, finally, the second annual recital for Dancers of the Son (again, with more women than they've had before!).
I am incredibly grateful for the students I work with here at St. Mary's. Their passion for Christ and his Church is evident, and their desire to be a part of the New Evangelization is contagious! As I see them frequently receiving the Sacraments and spending an increasing amount of time in prayer, I know that the Lord is working in this community. I can't wait to see where this new year takes us as we reach an even greater number of SFA students!
St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry, SFA Campus