Hello Newman Community!
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for a meeting with Catholic Extension and other lay ministers from parishes across the U.S. The gathering was brief but full. While our places and types of ministry are varied, (the group came from Alaska all the way to Maine and serve in campus ministry, youth ministry, and Hispanic ministry), the group was eager to celebrate and share the joys of our shared mission.
This was especially evident in the special Mass held on the last day of our trip to recognize and commission those of us who have participated in the Initiative for the last three years. As a reminder of this joy, celebration, and blessing, each leader was given a bottle of water from the Rio Grande that has been blessed by Pope Francis. Many thanks to Catholic Extension for supporting our parish and campus ministry as we strive to share the joy of the Gospel.
For over 100 years, Extension has partnered with generous donors to grow the Catholic Church in mission dioceses (financially poor dioceses) across the nation. One way they do this today is through the Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative (HLLI), in which Extension partners with parishes and dioceses to create new lay leadership ministry positions. Our parish has been fortunate to be part of this Initiative since January 2013, adding a second full time professional campus minster position so we are better able to serve the campus community of NMSU/DACC. Learn more about Catholic Extension at catholicextension.org
Sharing the 'Good News' of Campus Ministry!