On April 21, Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh hosted Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) Day, an opportunity for seniors planning to attend universities in the Diocese to meet with Catholic students and Campus Ministers from those schools. Campus Ministries from NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, East Carolina University and Elon University set up informational booths and shared a lunch with their incoming freshmen.
“We wanted the students to connect with the Campus Ministries,” said Fr. Scott McCue, Gibbons’ Assistant Principal for Spiritual Life, “in order to ease the transition from high school to college and show students ways to maintain and integrate their faith in their lives on campus.”
Megan Tefler, a junior from East Carolina, said CCM has helped keep her grounded and focused on why she is in school and what’s important in life.
Sarah Hardin, CGHS class of 2007, is a spiritual intern with NC State CCM. “Being a part of CCM was essential for me as a freshman,” she said. “Going from a spiritual school to a secular school was difficult and getting involved in CCM was a way for me to meet a lot of new friends.”
About 50 CGHS seniors participated in the event. Christopher Marcus Gibson plans to attend Duke in the fall and major in philosophy and theology. “My Catholic identity is very important to me,” he said, “and I want to continue to nurture my faith in college.” Catherine Preston and Fr. Joe Vetter, representing Duke, said one of the benefits of CCM is that it helps students develop and strengthen their leadership skills.
Christina Sartori, who is planning to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, said, “Throughout my four years at Gibbons, there has been a focus on faith, service and leadership. By getting involved in Catholic Campus Ministry, I want to continue that focus, reaching out to others to make a difference in their lives.”
The mission of CCM in the Diocese of Raleigh is to gather faith communities at institutions of higher education to worship, study and serve. CCM currently serves Catholic students at East Carolina University, Elon University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
For more information on CCM, contact Rev. Joseph G. Vetter, Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne Rosati, Diocesan Administrator for Campus Ministry at email@example.com .
Above: Catholic Campus Ministers attending Cardinal Gibbons High School's CCM Day pose with Fr. Scott McCue (far right), CGHS Assistant Princiopal for Spiritual Life.