Since Stonehill is a Catholic college, people sometimes assume that campus ministry programs are only open to the Catholic students on campus. This sentiment could not be further from the truth! The very definition of the word Catholic means universal. The Catholic Church is not just the Church for those who are Catholic, but strives to be the Church who welcomes all.
Don’t believe me? Even Pope Francis wants to educate everyone about the universality of Catholicism. In a talk given on June 12, 2013, the Pope made it very clear that he wishes the Church (and all those institutions who represent the Church like Stonehill College) to be “the place of God’s mercy and love, where everyone can feel themselves welcomed, loved, forgiven.”
In the campus ministry office here at Stonehill, we take the Pope’s words very seriously and are trying to help students, faculty, and staff understand that we are campus ministers for everyone. No matter what your faith or spirituality looks like, or even if you don’t have one at all but are interested in talking about the topics, we want to talk to you. We want to see you. We want to meet you! We want to know how we are doing already and what we can do to better support you.
To that end, we are planning on hosting an inter-faith get together on Thursday, October, 24 at 7pm in the foyer outside the Chapel of Mary for students who do not identify as Catholic to meet one another and discuss what this experience has been like at Stonehill College. We want you all to network with one another, and also to let us know what we can do to better serve you. I hope you will consider coming!
This post was written by campus minister Sarah Fontaine-Lipke.
If you would like to read the Pope’s whole address, please visit http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2013/06/general-audience-church-people-of-god.html.