Last semester, senior Brittany Garza initiated a new group for female students at the University of St. Thomas in Houston dedicated to help women though "friendship, education and charity," according to the University. The organization holds events inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul II's concept of the "feminine genius."
The group is called The Society of Macrina after St. Macrina, the sister of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa. UST relates that St. Macrina was "dedicated to living out her faith by taking care of her family and the sisters in her convent."
The focus of the new group is to help women on campus develop "through faith and character." The group takes part in charitable activities together and holds social functions such as Tea Time Talks.
This month, the Society of St. Macrina is hosting weekly events with the goal of "bringing authentic femininity back into fashion."
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“The organization aims to provide networking and a good environment for friendships to form on a deeper level,” Garza said. ...
Each event highlights an aspect of what it means to be a woman, how to foster beauty inside and out and how to cultivate the unique gifts encapsulated in John Paul II’s concept of the “feminine genius.” ...
Garza said the Society of Macrina emphasizes the importance of community involvement and aims to participate in one charity event each month.
Each month the organization hosts Tea Time Talks, where a female guest speaker answers questions and gives advice based on personal experiences, beliefs and life lessons. Marianne Ivany, first lady of UST, spoke in December. Garza said it was an evening of laughter and insight into motherhood.
“Mrs. Marianne Ivany challenged us to think of Mary in motherhood and her crucial role as the bearer of salvation,” Garza said. “We all shared personal stories over tea and were able to relate on many levels concerning topics of family, culture, faith, career paths, and poetry.”
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