Students at Faithful Catholic Colleges Encouraged to Participate in Lenten Devotions
By Kimberly Scharfenberger | February 9
The liturgical season of Lent begins this week on February 10, and recognizing the opportunity to help form students in the faith and grow closer to Jesus, colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College
have taken an active role in urging their students and communities to engage in the Lenten season by providing opportunities for spiritual reading, retreats, prayer and devotion.
At Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., Stations of the Cross and communal praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet are held every Friday during Lent. Additionally, the chaplaincy office is currently holding meetings to urge students to participate in the Liturgy of the Hours. Read more...
Notre Dame Students Seek to Reclaim Marriage Debate in Face of Cultural Challenges
By Justin Petrisek | February 9
University of Notre Dame students who attended and spoke at last week’s Edith Stein Project conference told The Cardinal Newman Society that they are equipping themselves to defend the Church’s teaching on marriage and human sexuality, an area particularly critical in a culture that has forgotten the true blessings of marriage in favor of a casual “hook-up” mentality.
“The annual Edith Stein Project conference examines the issues of sexuality, identity and human dignity through the lens of Church teaching in a way that is applicable to the average college student,” Alexandra DeSanctis, one of the student organizers of the conference, told the Newman Society.
The conference “is intended to bring insight on specific challenges we young people face and equip Catholic students to bring the truth to those around us,” she said. “Having a solid foundation in the truth is absolutely necessary if we are to spread the joy of our faith to others.” Read more...
Rep. Lipinski: Get Rid of Anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments
By Justin Petrisek | February 8
Catholic schools advocate and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) recently introduced a House resolution honoring the outstanding work of Catholic schools across the country, and told The Cardinal Newman Society that he supports getting rid of the discriminatory Blaine Amendments found in many state constitutions that keep families from using public funds to choose a Catholic education.
“I certainly think the Blaine Amendments historically were anti-Catholic amendments. Certainly the namesake, Blaine, was back in the late 19th century playing on nativist sentiments and anti-Catholic sentiments in the country, and I think it would be good to get rid of these amendments on the state level,” Lipinksi told the Newman Society.
“We should not be discriminating against any kind of institution based on their faith, on their religion and on their religious practices,” and getting rid of the Blaine Amendments would certainly help to ensure that, he said. “I love Catholic schools. I loved my experience, and I will do anything I can to help them out,” he later added. Read more...
Education Programs at Newman Guide Colleges Place Premium on Moral Teacher Formation
By Kimberly Scharfenberger | February 4
The Catholic Church has repeatedly stressed the critical evangelizing responsibility that educators have in teaching and witnessing the faith to their students, and institutions recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College
have made this responsibility a priority in their education programs.
At Ave Maria University (AMU) in Ave Maria, Fla., students majoring in education are given all the tools they need to “engage in the integral formation of the human person by developing each student’s physical, moral, spiritual and intellectual gifts in harmony,” said Dr. Dan Guernsey, chair of the University’s education department and director of The Cardinal Newman Society’s K-12 programs. Read more...
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