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UNC Students Welcome Bishop Burbidge

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On Friday, February 26, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge was invited to the Catholic Newman Center UNC-Chapel Hill for Man Night, an evening faith-sharing gathering for male students.

Man Night was initiated in 2008 when Chip Carey, an active member of Newman Catholic Student Center Parish, noticed that a lot of the men he saw at Mass didn’t seem to involve themselves in parish social functions. To increase involvement, he started Man Night, a couple of evenings each semester when undergraduates and post graduates meet for dinner, prayer and an activity such as football or cards.
About two dozen UNC students attended, along with Monsignor John Wall, Pastor of the Newman Center, on the night of the Bishop’s visit. Bishop Burbidge and Monsignor Wall celebrated Mass, followed by a pizza dinner provided by a parishioner’s restaurant. After dinner the men proceeded to the chapel to celebrate the Way of the Cross.

Next the group gathered in the library for conversation with Bishop Burbidge. The Bishop portrayed life as a priest and the joy and fraternity one discovers when one answers a call to the priesthood.  The group discussed how to be Christian leaders in today’s world. The Bishop opened the discussion to questions and answers. “It was really good to hear ideas from the Bishop on how to cling to our Catholic faith living as college students,” Carey said. “It was encouraging.”

The Newman Catholic Student Center Parish currently offers over 20 small faith-sharing groups for undergraduates, graduates and other parishioners.

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Msgr. John Wall celebrating Way of the Cross at UNC-CH Catholic Newman Center.

Below: Bishop Burbidge meeting with male students during “Man Night” at UNC-CH following Mass and the Way of the Cross.