Is Greek life on campus compatible with the Catholic faith? Some students say it is. A recent article by Annenberg Digital News' Neon Tommy says that for some, Greek life has helped to strengthen their faith.
The article cited Greek life at USC and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as examples.
According to one former student cited in the article, he said that fraternity life led him to explore the priesthood. Father Lawrence Sayer, a former Kappa Sigma member at the University of Oregon, is presently pastor of Our Savior Parish of the USC Catholic Center.
“If you had told me that I was going to be a priest or told my fraternity brothers that I was going to be a priest, we all would have laughed,” Sayer said. “At the time I was happy to be Catholic, but I was never practicing. It was in the back of my head. But when you’re in college I was more interested in getting ahead and the beer and the women and having fun and stuff like that.”
Sayer directed his house’s philanthropic services. It was through studying the virtues of a Kappa Sigma member that he was led to consider the priesthood, he told Annenberg:
“In Greek Life, seeds are planted. If you really look at what we’re being taught in the rituals of the fraternity, if you see that important things are mentioned: being a man of integrity, being a person who is an intelligent man, one who really works for what’s right,” Sayer said. “So bottom line is it's instilling virtues.”
...“If a person is honest in the sense of not giving up their Catholic values, if they look at the fact that most fraternities and sororities were started with Christian values…they’d see that actually they can promote their Catholic values,” Sayer said.
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