I’m so glad Fr. Ray has allowed me to guest author this week so I can share some very exciting things happening with Campus Ministry this month. Last weekend we took a group of 12 students to the Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles, CA. It was such an incredible witness of the universality of our Church– Catholics from 49 U.S. states and 18 other countries came together to reflect, learn and praise God with over 40,000 other Catholics! For many of the students it was their first opportunity to see this beautifully diverse, joyful experience of our Church and they are returning to Las Cruces with a new vision and renewed energy to share with our community.
Next week seven students and I will head north to Albuquerque for our Alternative Spring Break service trip. Over the five day trip we will act as conversation partners with refugees learning English, visit with the leaders of the Isleta Pueblo, and serve with people who are homeless at St. Martin’s Hospitality House. My hope is it will be an opportunity for our group to meet people we normally wouldn’t meet, in a spirit of love and, as Pope Francis frequently encourages us, encounter with those on the periphery of society. Please keep us in prayer!
Associate Campus Minister