back to the National Black Catholic Congress : Home Page THE NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC CONGRESS
The Black Catholic Monthly | African Americans | Catholic News Black Catholic Congress: "We hold ourselves accountable to our baptismal 
    commitment to witness and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ"
NBCC
Calendar Of Events Calendar Congress X Media Center  Subscribe to "The Black Catholic Monthly" Newsletter News      Contact Us Contact Us
NBCC
Celebrate Black Catholic History Month in November
NBCC
To Black Catholic Monthly Home Page

Featured Article: I’m Going Home like a Shooting Star! The legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman - On June 17, 1989, less than a year before she died of bone cancer, Sr. Thea Bowman was invited to address the American bishops. Different as she was from this group-a Southern black woman, a nun raised among Protestants, a dying woman vibrantly alive-Sr. Thea was fully herself and very much at home. Read Full Story

NBCC STRUCTURE
 African American Catholic Bishops
 Congress Directory
 Board of Trustees
 NBCC Staff
Parish Search
 Find a Parish in your State
Black Catholic Newsletter
 We joyfully announce the ‘Daniel Rudd Fund for African American Catholic Ministries’
 I’m Going Home like a Shooting Star! The legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman
 Preparing for Christmas With the Advent Wreath
 John Paul II, Women, and the Catholic Contemplative Tradition
 Domestic Violence and Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships
 10 Deadly Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys
Publications
 Book Of The Month:
RINGSHOUT! A National Rites of Passage For the New and Promised Generation
 Author Of The Month:
Estella Conwill Majozo, Ph.D.
NBCC Spotlight
 Trailblazing to sainthood, the Rev. Augustus Tolton awaits canonization
Black Catholic Profile
 Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN
Upcoming Events
 WWW: Well Women, Witness!
November 1, 2014
 “Hunger for God” Annual Spiritual Retreat
November 7-9, 2014
 Black Catholic History Month Lecture
November 10, 2014
 “Pastoring in Black Parishes” A Series of Clergy Enrichment Conferences
November 11-14, 2014
 The 225th anniversary of Black Catholic History
November 16, 2014
 Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner
November 21, 2014
 Restore Justice!
November 21, 2014
 Catholic Symposium
November 22, 2014
 Archbishop Lori is looking for a few good men
December 13, 2014
 St. Raymond and St. Leo The Great Women’s Conference 2015 “Irresistible Call”
January 17-18, 2015
 Youth Rally and Mass for Life
January 22, 2015
 Faith in the Woods: “A Spirit filled” Camping Trip
April 24-26, 2015
In The News
 Pope Francis speech at the conclusion of the Synod
 Biloxi’s retired bishop has been eyewitness to racial division, healing
 Houston carries out ‘witch hunt’ on pastors opposing ‘bathroom bill’
 Faith leads to generous love, not fake facades, hypocrisy, pope says
 St. Louis archbishop calls for nonviolent response to racism
 Synod: the Holy See Press Office has published the “Relatio post disceptationem” of the General Rapporteur, Card. Péter Erd?, October 13, 2014.
 Sr. Antona Ebo recalls her ‘march on Selma’ in ’65
 Archdiocese says St. Peter Claver Center will close
 Exorcism Performed By Catholic Archbishop After Black Mass In Oklahoma
 Lykehouse marks a decade and a half of ministry to AUC students
NBCC Media
  Visit the NBCC Media Center
  Listen Live to Vatican Radio
requires Real Audio)
RECOMMENDED SITES
 Site Links

 NBCC Featured Article

Catholic Campus Ministry: Reaching the Mature Measure of the Fullness of Christ!
By Rev. John J. Raphael, SSJ
(Page 1 of 3)

 

One of the most exciting areas of ministry in the Roman Catholic Church today is Campus Ministry. It is a work animated by the energy, enthusiasm, and idealism of young people on the threshold of carving out a destiny for themselves. Although often a period of exploration, experimentation, and even rebellion-especially in matters religious, college years are also a time when young people want to be challenged by ideals and principles that give meaning to their lives. Catholic Campus ministry provides this challenge.

Two years ago, when I first entered the field of Catholic Campus ministry at Howard University, I had no idea what I was getting into! I had recently left a beloved assignment in a wonderful parish and now I was a stranger in a foreign land. Howard University, one of the nations' premier historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), was a different territory for a priest accustomed to working in a vibrant Catholic parish in Southeast Texas. From the beginning I had to look for my congregation! "Where were the Catholic students?" I asked! I was told that they were on campus and all I had to do was find them. So that's what I set out to do. For five weeks all I did was post flyers in every nook and cranny of the campus announcing the return of the Newman Club. (Newman Club is the name traditionally given to Roman Catholic ministries on non-Catholic college campuses. It is the name of John Henry Cardinal Newman, an English convert to Catholicism who was very much dedicated to Catholic higher education.)

Finally the big day arrived. Thirteen students showed up to our first meeting. Well, I had one more than the Good Lord started with and that was good enough for me! We began to plan what our ministry would look like. To my great and pleasant surprise the students' first concern was Sunday Mass. They wanted to be able to go to Mass on campus. Not only did we schedule Sunday Mass, but we were able to have daily Mass as well as daily recitation of the Rosary and the opportunity for confession-yes college students do go to confession! There were seven students at our first Sunday Mass; we now average 40-45 on Sunday and we maxxed out on Easter of this year with sixty-five! In two years we have had two students received into full communion in the Church and two more confirmations. We are small, but alive! We scheduled a weekly meeting, and a number of committees were formed to plan the kinds of activities that would eventually shape our community. The students formed a choir-ours has a Caribbean flair due to the large number of West Indian students who love to sing! Liturgical ministers were trained, commissioned, and scheduled to assist at Mass. Retreats are planned by student committee. Our social activities directress is a very busy body as we are a very social group. Since we hardly do anything without eating, it's a good thing that the chaplain is from New Orleans and knows how to cook!

Catholic Campus Ministry (Continue)

Article Index

View Featured
Article Index

Become a Friend of the National Black Catholic Congress

Pastoral Letter: "What We Have Seen and Heard" Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Fundraising as Ministry: Vision, Invitation and Conversion

The Experience of God's Presence

The Basics of Being Married in the Catholic Church

Building a Bridge over Troubled Waters

Reading as a Subversive Act: Libraries as the Guide to Liberation

Son, They Have No Wine! Reflections on the Importance of Devotion to Mary

Tenth National Black Catholic Congress

Appreciative Inquiry: Become a Positive Force for Change

Catholic Campus Ministry

Fundamentals of Appreciative Inquiry (Part I)

Fundamentals of Appreciative Inquiry (Part II)

His Greatest Gift

Joannes Paulus II, Magnus

Lent to Easter: Preparation for Celebration

Mary - Mother, Woman, Disciple

Research That Matters

Silent No More: A Major Crisis in the African-American Community

The Best Kept Secret

The Food Crisis in Niger

The Passion of Mel Gibson's "Passion"

To Marry or Not To Marry - That is the question!

View Featured
Article Index


By Rev. John J. Raphael, SSJ

Subscribe to the Black Catholic Newsletter

to top of page

NBCC
Black Catholic Calendar Calendar Of Events Subscribe to "The Black Catholic Monthly" Newsletter News       NBCC Forum NBCC Forum Contact Us Contact Us
NBCC

Web Design : Web Marketing : Web Management : Baltimore Maryland - SLEEPER Technologies
 
An STI Site | Web Design by SLEEPER Technologies
Copyright © 2003 www.nbccongress.org | All Rights Reserved | Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without the expressed written permission of www.nbccongress.org is prohibited.