As previously reported by The Cardinal Newman Society, there’s been a trend in establishing Catholic dorms at secular colleges. Another development is the expansion of Catholic campus ministry programs at secular universities.
According to Central Florida Future, to meet a growing demand, a new Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at the University of Central Florida-affiliated NorthView apartments is set to open next fall.
With the move from its current location, space available for CCM and its activities will increase from 2,400 square feet to 20,000 square-feet.
“We have been longing for a permanent home for campus ministry at UCF,” said Tony Marco, associate campus minister of CCM, said in a press release. “This new center is a tremendous gift that will lead to a flourishing of the Catholic faith on campus for those currently involved in the Campus Ministry and will be a beacon of hope to students who are rediscovering their Catholic faith.”
CCM is receiving financing from the Diocese of Orlando to complete its interior.
Catholic students at UCF have access to Mass twice a week, Bible studies, confession and the Rosary is prayed daily at the Reflecting Pond at noon.
“You can just meet with a group of people and just pray. It’s a wonderful thing to have. With Catholic Ministries I feel like I’ve had so many opportunities to grow in my faith and explore that part of my life, and I’m really excited about the new center,” said freshman Victoria Suro.
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