On April 6th, Cardinal Gibbons High School hosted the 2nd annual College Campus Ministry Day. “This day is an opportunity for seniors to meet Catholic campus ministers from schools they have already committed to,” explained Fr. Scott McCue, Assistant Principal for Spiritual Life. About 40 Gibbons seniors attended the event, which was held during three successive lunch periods on the school’s front lawn.
“This event allowed me to learn about the ministry on campus more specifically by being able to talk to the leaders one on one,” said Danielle Repke, who is considering UNCW. “I like knowing that among all the new experiences of college, I can maintain a strong faith life.”
All six Diocesan Campus Ministries were represented by their student leaders and campus ministers:
- Duke University: Fr. Michael T. Martin, OFM Conv.
- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill: Msgr. John A. Wall
- University of North Carolina - Wilmington: Sr. Rosemary McNamara, SU
- Eastern Carolina University: Fr. Bill Quigley, CICM
- North Carolina State University: Fr. Alex Gonzalez
- Elon: Fr. Gerald Waterman, OFM Conv.
The campus ministry delegates welcomed Gibbons students planning to attend their schools and handed out information about campus ministry events and opportunities for service. Al Drago, a senior planning to attend Elon College, said, “Having students from Elon coming and welcoming me to their Catholic ministry program allowed me to find out how to get involved early and continue to live out my faith throughout college.” All the groups do outreach projects in their campus and local communities, and even internationally, for example through mission trips in the spring and fall.
“At UNC Wilmington,” Sr. Rosemary said, “We aren’t creating a private Catholic social life for our students. Our goals are to integrate an adult faith into their decision making and to get kids involved in direct service in the community.”
Msgr. John Wall, Pastor of the Catholic Newman Center Parish at UNC-Chapel Hill, said that campus ministry service gives Catholic students important insights into the lives of their neighbors and opens their eyes to ways they can help. Continuing faith formation of young adults is another crucial task for campus ministry, he said, citing the numerous prayer and Scripture study and discussion groups at the Newman Center.
Fr. McCue expressed the hope that by involvement in campus ministry, Gibbons students would continue to develop the faith, service and leadership in Church and community instilled throughout their Catholic high school education.
For more information on Catholic Campus Ministry, contact Anne Rosati, Diocesan Administrator for Campus Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org . (The Campus Ministry programs in the Diocese are funded in part by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.)
Above: Sr. Rosemary McNamara, SU, Campus Minister at UNC-Wilmington, talking with Cardinal Gibbons High School students.
Above: Fr. Alex Gonzalez pointing out programs and activities at NC State University Campus Ministry to students planning to attend the university.
Above: Cardinal Gibbons students looking over the East Carolina University display during Campus Ministry Day.