Marquette University Campus Ministry
Feeling the RCIA love

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Joey Flores is feeling the RCIA love.

As April 27th draws near, members of the campus community — and beyond — have been bombarding the junior biomedical sciences major with congratulatory emails, texts, and high-fives. That is the day Flores and fellow student Sarah Cleland will be initiated into the Catholic Church.

Flores says having the support of his family, friends, Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers, and greater Marquette liturgical community has been great.

“I’ve had a lot of people reach out to congratulate me. One of the fraternity guys who graduated in 1999 who I don’t even know emailed me,” Flores says. “I know almost everyone at (8:00 p.m.) Mass anyway, but I’ll see people from that Mass on the street and they’ll stop and say congratulations and ask how it’s going. It’s really cool”

For Flores, the decision to become Catholic was a long time coming. He’s been going to church for years and says a desire to understand the faith more deeply led him to reach out to the RCIA.  

“I really wanted to learn why we do things,” he explains. “I don’t like going through the motions. I want to know how we can be evangelists to other people and how we can take what we learn from the Gospel and apply that to our lives.”

Flores says the RCIA experience has helped him work on his internal relationship with Christ.

“I’ve become a lot more mindful in my prayers,” he says. “I see now that it’s okay to reach out to Christ for help. It’s okay to pray for others. It’s okay to pray with others for things you may be going through.”

Prayers will certainly be flowing for Flores and Cleland on April 27th. The celebration can’t come soon enough, Flores says.

“I’ve been waiting for this day for so long. I’m ready. I have no reservations. I’m raring to go!” he exclaims.

Please join the campus community on Sunday, April 27that 4:00 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation!  

Initiation excitement

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Sarah (center) with her sponsor, Abbey, and Most Rev. Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of MIlwaukee, at the Rite of Election.

Sarah Cleland has had April 27th circled on her calendar for a while.

Cleland is one of the two Marquette students preparing for initiation into the Catholic Church, a sacramental celebration set to take place on Sunday, April 27th at 4:00 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu. Cleland says she began thinking about becoming Catholic a while ago after attending Mass with her fiancée’s family.

“I think witnessing the power of the community was important and seeing how easy it is to develop your faith when you’re in a room full of people who believe the same thing and are here to support you,” she says.

Cleland and other Marquette students entering the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process began meeting with Campus Ministry assistant director Steve Blaha and the RCIA team on Thursday nights for prayer, conversation and formation last September. She finds the weekly gathering fruitful.

“I came into RCIA thinking it would be a lot of analyzing the Scripture like a class and trying to figure out what Jesus wanted us to do,” she recalls. “But every week, it surprises me in the best way possible because we end up talking about things that still are very important to Catholicism, but are also very applicable to life.”

The community support, Cleland says, has been critical.

“It can be overwhelming getting into a new faith and you don’t know where to start. That’s why I’ve especially liked our spiritual leaders — everyone from my sponsor to my fiancée to everyone here at RCIA — who know how to guide people and analyze yourself so you can grow even more,” she explains.

Technology also played a huge supporting role for Cleland. Her physical therapy clinical rotations put Cleland in Green Bay for the first few weeks of the second semester. While physically away, she skyped in to the weekly formation sessions and didn’t miss a beat.

“One of my favorite parts was when Fr. Anderson anointed me on camera!” she exclaims.

Cleland is now back on campus and getting excited for Initiation.  

“It’s the acme of everything, the most important part where you’re actually being accepted fully by the community. It’s the culmination of this whole journey,” she says.

Please join the campus community on Sunday, April 27th at 4:00 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation!  

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Benefits of College Mission Trips Abroad:
1. Take students out of their “comfort zones” and place them into an environment that encourages physical, mental and spiritual adjustments. 2. Spiritual growth 3. Reflection on life purpose  4. Allow students to immerse themselves into a new culture 5. Engagement with populations that are often unheard  6. Bring students to see the gritty realities of the world 7. Teach students about social justice issues in different regions 8. Students get a better understanding of human dignity and people’s universal needs 9. Ignition of passion 10. Students become global citizens aware of social issues in other countries with voices to bring change
In light of the Lenten season, please consider giving to our Indiegogo campaign to help give a Marquette student an IMAP experience. Thanks you and God Bless!
http://igg.me/at/MarquetteIMAP

Please support our campaign!

marquetteactionprogram:

Benefits of College Mission Trips Abroad:

1. Take students out of their “comfort zones” and place them into an environment that encourages physical, mental and spiritual adjustments.
2. Spiritual growth
3. Reflection on life purpose
4. Allow students to immerse themselves into a new culture
5. Engagement with populations that are often unheard
6. Bring students to see the gritty realities of the world
7. Teach students about social justice issues in different regions
8. Students get a better understanding of human dignity and people’s universal needs
9. Ignition of passion
10. Students become global citizens aware of social issues in other countries with voices to bring change

In light of the Lenten season, please consider giving to our Indiegogo campaign to help give a Marquette student an IMAP experience. Thanks you and God Bless!

http://igg.me/at/MarquetteIMAP

Please support our campaign!

GRUMPY CAT ON THE LITURGICAL YEAR

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From Ash Wednesday 2013:

Grumpy Cat 1 - it's the most wonderful time of the year lent

We love Lent!

Faces of CM: Adam Hurrle

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Name: Adam Hurrle
Hometown: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Year in School: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun fact: I have two dogs and I spoil them endlessly. 
Campus Ministry involvement: Liturgical Choir president, Knights of Columbus grand knight

What does the Lit Choir offer the Marquette liturgical community?
We offer high quality choral music to accompany the 4 pm Sunday Mass on campus. We are a tight community that encourages communal religious expression through music. 

What motivates you to be involved with Campus Ministry?
I am motivated by my desire to serve God. Campus Ministry is itself a great forum to express love for God and it enables others to do the same.

What is your favorite Campus Ministry memory?
Singing for Mass — whether it be cantoring or the choir, weekday or weekend Mass — has always provided wonderful memories. Being able to contribute to the liturgy along with my friends in choir is a blessing. 

From today’s second reading … 

From today’s second reading … 

On Thursday, March 20, the Most Rev. Jerome E. Listecki, archbishop of Milwaukee, presided at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion in the Chapel of the Holy Family. These rituals are part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process. 

During the liturgy, the archbishop named students Joey Flores and Sarah Cleland as members of the elect and invited them to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist on Sunday, April 27. The archbishop also encouraged students completing their Christian initiation and those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church to use the Lenten season to strengthen their faithfulness to Christ and their baptismal calling. 

Photos by Tom Tulp, Arts ‘14

Faces of CM: Alex Whalen

Name: Alex Whalen
Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri 
Year in School: Senior
Major: Communication Studies with a Theology minor
Fun fact: I can walk on my toes like a monkey.
Campus Ministry involvement: MUEX student director, M.A.P. facilitator

What is the Marquette Experience Retreat (MUEX)?
MUEX is a time to learn about what Marquette has meant to you. The retreat is where we take the Ignatian buzzwords and apply them to life and the Marquette experience as a whole. This retreat is based in love and understanding of one’s self and one’s experience.  

What motivates you to be involved with Campus Ministry?
Truthfully, this kind of work is what I want to do with my life. The community and family involved in this helped me find my passion and friends that make Marquette feel like home.

What is your favorite Campus Ministry memory?
Definitely, it is when the retreat leaders all joined in singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the way back from the Campus Ministry leader’s retreat.

M.A.P. love

Our M.A.P.-pers are back! From Oglala to Washington D.C., we’ve heard many powerful reflections from our students about their unforgettable spring breaks. Many also took to social media to share their stories and photos. Below are a few reflections from facilitators. Have a story or photo you’d like to share? Post them on the M.A.P. Marquette facebook page!    

Alex Whalen, senior, spent spring break at Serve Moore in Moore, Oklahoma.

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We are sunburnt, have calloused hands, are full of laughter, and loving every minute of M.A.P.! 

Katelyn Quigley, junior, spent spring break at the Father McKenna Center in Washington, D.C.

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"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin." -Mother Teresa 

Grateful for a week with these amazing people, learning more and more about service, faith, compassion, and love each and every day.

Wyatt Massey, sophomore, spent spring break at the Rebuild Joplin in Joplin, Missouri.

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Wow. It’s hard to even put into words how amazing the past week has been. Rebuild Joplin is doing amazing things. It was nothing short of humbling to be part of such a great organization and get the opportunity to live and work in a community of resilience and compassion. I’ve never felt so at home in a foreign place. 

Blessed is the only other work to describe how I feel. M.A.P. has a way of putting you in the right place, with the right people, and in a way where you can be your true self. Thank you Joplin, MO for showing me unparalleled courage and faith, along with renewing my faith in the miraculous nature of the human spirit. Thank you and much love to everyone who made this past week possible. Many blessings.

Jessie Bazan, senior, spent spring break at L’Arche in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Spent the morning cleaning out the closet of an older core member. Buried in it, we found an old travel notebook with “Marquette” on the front. Her first entry was about a September 1995 trip to Marquette. The entry ends with a note about praying in the Chapel of the Holy Family!! What an incredible M.A.P. moment!

Brynne Ramella, senior, spent spring break at the Smithson Craighead Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

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I am so incredibly grateful that I was given the opportunity to co-facilitate the M.A.P. trip to Nashville work with kids at the area’s first charter school. I couldn’t ask for a better senior year spring break. I’m also pretty lucky that I got to share the experience with the most perfect pack of stone-cold weirdos. I’m obsessed with all of you. Thank you for giving me a week I will never forget.

Lenten almsgiving

Consider joining in our Lenten almsgiving efforts. Money from all campus Mass collections during Lent will be donated to Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Both organizations hold strong ties to Marquette. The Center for Peacemaking employs three Catholic Relief Services student ambassadors per year to raise awareness of the CSR mission and programs. During Lent, the team is working to raise funds for the Rice Bowl campaign, a fundraising effort that supports worldwide and local humanitarian relief efforts. According to sophomore ambassador Megan Andreason, “The program invites Catholics to live in solidarity with our poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters through the three Lenten pillars of praying, fasting, and almsgiving.”

Additionally, Children’s Hospital is a regular site for Marquette students participating in service learning and clinical rotations. College of Nursing senior Sarah Thiry worked on the Pediatric Intensive Care floor at Children’s last year. The experience offered her a first-hand look at health care ministry. In preparation for our Lenten almsgiving effort, we asked Sarah about what makes Children’s Hospital such a special place. She replied:

Throughout my time at Marquette University in the College of Nursing, I have been blessed with a myriad of opportunities to connect with patients and families on a deep level while providing care. My interactions with the children and their families in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and now in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, continually serve as a reminder that Christ is truly present within each individual. Lying behind all of the IV lines, monitors, and equipment in the room, are kids in need of love and families in need of support. I continually strive to see each day of work to be a honor and a blessing to be able to share in the journey of life with some of the most vulnerable in our community. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a truly remarkable place, where my faith has been able to come to life in new way and where I leave inspired by those around me each and every day.