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Mothers of College Students Form Prayer, Support Groups

The transition to college is not always easy for students and their mothers, says a parishioner at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Vienna, Va.

To address this challenge, Laurel Howanitz formed a group of mothers who pray for their college-age children, offer support, and even assemble care packages together every month, according to The Arlington Catholic Herald.

Howanitz formed the group three years ago and it has continued to grow, with parishioners at other churches forming similar groups.

The effort is proving to have a positive impact on mothers in all stages—from first-time college mothers to “empty nesters”. The Herald reports:

“I needed to know that God was in control,” [Howanitz] said. “Sometimes you would not know things like, ‘Is my child eating today?’ but you have to turn it over. You just have to trust that God is there.”

“You spend 18 years of your life taking care of your children and when they are gone you are like, ‘What do I do?’,” said Kim Monroe, a parishioner of St. John Neumann Church in Reston. “You feel like a new mom thinking that nobody else is overwhelmed with the same issues. … To hear other women’s trials, tribulations and what is working (for them) has been a great support.”

“As parents we are always looking for other parents that have gone through the challenges facing us today,” Arendt said. “They are praying that my daughter makes the right decision and adjusts well. It’s so comforting.”

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