CAMPUS MINISTRY UPDATE

by Tori Kincaid | Sep 04, 2015

By Adam P. Setmeyer, Director of Campus Ministry

CrucifixIn the Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio), issued at the Second Vatican Council, the Bishops of the Catholic Church stated, “Today, in many parts of the world, under the influence of the grace of the Holy Spirit, many efforts are being made in prayer, word and action to attain that fullness of unity which Jesus Christ desires. The sacred Council exhorts, therefore, all the Catholic faithful to recognize the signs of the times and to take an active and intelligent part in the work of ecumenism.” Marian University, in the tradition of Saints Francis and Clare and the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, has long embraced this ecumenical spirit as they have served the needs of diverse populations in central Indiana, throughout the United States, and, the world.

This fall, we begin our next great venture in promoting ecumenism through the Women and Men of Faith Program. On June 24, 2015, Marian University was awarded a $20,000 NetVUE Chaplaincy Implementation Grant from the Council of Independent Colleges. These funds will be used to:

  1. Provide academic, spiritual, communal, and pastoral formation opportunities for students preparing for Christian ministry.
  2. Create a rich worship experience which honors the diversity of the Christian traditions present on campus and provides a place for the prayerful exploration of vocation.
  3. Empower faculty and staff to interpret the signs of the times and address the questions of our age through the dialogue of faith and reason.

Doing so will have a culture-shaping impact as conversations of faith and substance become more frequent and widespread, and we are able to become a hub for ecumenical dialogue among Indianapolis institutions.

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