The First Week Is Over…Now What?

Congratulations, you’ve made it through the first week of classes! If you’re like me, you’re probably already pretty wiped from the busy schedule that comes with the school year. It’s tough to come back to classes after a few months of lounging around in comfy clothes and watching more Netflix than is probably healthy. The first week is jam-packed with great stuff, and it’s even more intense if you were involved with orientation week in any way.

The first week of school is always lots of fun; it might actually be my favorite week of the entire Fall semester. All of the campus ministry cookouts (although if I see another hamburger I swear…), more free t-shirts than you know what to do with, and of course the wonderful first day of class where the professor simply reads the syllabus and lets you leave. It’s a great time to relax, get back into the swing of things, and set yourself up for success the rest of the year.

My favorite part of the first two weeks of school is the willingness of people to do new things and make new friends. Take advantage of this to broaden your social circles and invest in the lives of others that you haven’t spent much time with before. The first two weeks of the fall is a great time to start a new habit. Try going to the gym regularly, reach out to a group of friends and start a weekly Bible study, or maybe just pick up a book and read it for fun. It’s amazing how open people (including yourself!) are during the first two weeks before the routine of life has really set in. 

Be intentional about making the most of these first weeks. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting in McFarlin cramming for a final that starts in two hours and wondering where the time has gone. Don’t let the time that you have now slip away! 

Priority 2016: Forming an active, faith-filled community to develop students as missionary disciples of Christ

The St. Philip Neri Catholic Newman Center forms university students through an active faith-filled community to develop them as missionary disciples of Christ.

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” -Mark 16:15-16

Jesus preceded his great commission by three years of diligent work with his Twelve Apostles. He trained, equipped, instructed, and prepared them to receive the Holy Spirit. By this, they received everything they would need to fulfill His and their great mission. These Apostles weren’t to stay just in Jerusalem, but go out into the entire world and share the good news with everyone they met.

As the Apostles received three years with the Lord, our college students receive four years of faith and life formation in Jesus’ school of discipleship. What is needed to equip them during their college years? This is what a group of students, alumni, Advisory Board members, and friends of the Newman Center asked during our strategic priority planning process. Beginning with a student brainstorming session, where over 75 students attended and gave essential feedback on what Newman can offer, change, or enhance to help their faith journey while in college.

Based on our survey of the students and the writings of Pope Francis, we discovered the vital needs. After much discussion and deliberation, we established our three pillars: Service, Hospitality, and Evangelization. These principles will serve as the foundation of our endeavors over the next three years.

A special thank you to the Priority Plan committee for their diligent efforts to make this vision a reality including our team leader, Fr. Gary Kastl.

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