With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this semester is moving by quickly. A little over a week ago, the university gave us Thursday and Friday off for our four-day break. I took a few friends from my household home to New Jersey for the weekend. Hurricane Sandy had just hit New Jersey, so people were wondering why I was going home. Thankfully my home wasn’t too affected by the storm. We were one of the few that had power, so everyone was staying at my house – it was great to have my friends home with me to enjoy the company. We were able to play soccer, hang out with each other, rest and relax, and play some games. We also got to see one of our household brothers that left Franciscan University to enter the Salesian Seminary. We were fortunate to hang out with him for an entire day and catch up on life after not being together for so long. Seeing him was awesome, as was the rest of our fun-filled four-day break with home cooked meals. We then headed back out to Steubenville to start classes again.
During my first week back from break, the University invited the Bishop of Steubenville to come during the Year of Faith in our chapel. We had a campus wide holy hour with Eucharistic adoration followed by Mass with the Bishop. It was a tremendous gift to have the Bishop led us in prayer as we, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church.” This year of faith has allowed me to reflect upon how this University has helped me to strengthen my faith as a Catholic. At this University, you get the support you need to strengthen your faith, morals, and values to mature as a person. People call you on to increase holiness everyday through our vocation of being a student. It is this support we need to give each other as the Church, to strengthen the Body of Christ, and it has been one of the biggest blessings during my time here.
On Saturday night, the Athletic Department kicked off the basketball season for the FUS Baron’s with Midnight Madness. Midnight Madness is the pep rally for the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball teams to get their season underway. The night was accompanied by free food from the Student Government, games, dancing, and the introduction of the basketball teams. I participated in a freeze dance competition and was doing very well until they made us all dance on one foot to speed up the game. Then it was all over for me! The men’s team faced the women’s team in a three point shooting contest and then the men had a slam dunk competition that we were able to watch. It was a very exciting night as majority of the student body attended this event.
As I said, this year is moving by quickly. Thanksgiving break just ended and we only have two weeks of classes until finals! My first semester of senior year is almost complete, and I can’t believe it. I will be sharing with you again soon!