It is now appropriate to officially say, Happy Autumn! This time of year on campus is my favorite. It is so beautiful when the leaves change colors and the weather cools down – I love it. I have been here for almost a month, and the semester is moving right along. Classes are going extremely well, and as the tests and quizzes have started, we are really delving deeper into the material. I just had a test in my Western Civilization class last week along with quizzes in Accounting and Principles of Biblical Studies, and this week I have an Organization and Management test. It’s intense, but I am enjoying it.
In addition to classroom experiences, Franciscan University invites distinguished speakers to give talks for students. I attended a talk by Father Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute, who gave a talk on Catholic Social Teaching in our world today. The Acton Institute strives to incorporate religious morals and values into our economic and social world, and his talk helped open our eyes to how we can effectively pursue that goal.
Campus life has been a great source of joy and entertainment for me. Dances are very popular here and a large portion of the student body attends. The first couple weekends of the semester, different households and organizations host dances as fundraisers. They are so much fun and a great way to support friends and their ministries. I have attended dance parties the past two weekends, the first of which was held by the household Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (commonly known as AMDG). They threw a Black Light Dance and everyone wore a bright or neon colored shirt that glowed when hit by the lights. The next weekend, I went to Stella Mariae’s dance which had a Hollywood “Red Carpet” theme, so we had to dress our best. Both dances were a lot of fun and part of the many great activities that go on here.
In addition to campus life, households are in full swing now. As I said in my previous blog, households are basically groups of men and women striving for holiness. Each household has their own commitments based on their covenant and spirituality. The uniqueness of each is so beautiful. My household has commitments such as a rosary, Bible study, and a Lord’s Day celebration, to name a few. This past Sunday, we were very fortunate to have a joint commitment with a female household, Madonna of the Streets. We had some Praise and Worship and prayed a rosary with them at the Grotto on campus. It was a beautiful night and a great way to start the week, entrusting it to Our Lady. I have been very blessed this semester with my experience in household. The guys are great and living in the dorm with them has been a blast. Each household has their own common room on a dorm wing where commitments are held, and when you get into household, you have the opportunity to live on that wing. I am living on mine with all my other close friends and it is a great way to grow together and hold each other accountable academically and spiritually.
Well, it is now time to hit the books and study for these tests and quizzes coming up! It was great sharing with you once more and I look forward to the next time. Have a wonderful week and God bless.