So this is my final blog for Franciscan University. While I know this sentence has many of you reaching for the Kleenex box, please do not worry. I am sure there are equally qualified individuals coming after me to fill the lofty role of Franciscan University Blogger. Since this is my last blog, I decided to do something that I’ve shied away from in the past. For fear of sounding like an advertisement or brochure, I never said or wrote “This is why you should come to Franciscan.” Having been a prospective student myself, I know the avalanche of information and statistics about colleges that gets dumped on you. I didn’t want this blog to be just another sound bite vying for your attention. I simply tried to write as authentically as possible about my experiences here at Franciscan and allow the Holy Spirit to do the rest. Well now it’s my turn to look back on my time here and tell you why I think you should come.
Simply put, transferring to Franciscan after my freshman year of college was the best decision of my life. I don’t know why the Lord spent so much time convincing me to leave my old university because at first I did not want to leave. I don’t know why He gave me that grace to take a leap of faith and call up my old Franciscan Admissions Counselor that day in February three years ago. What I do know is that my life has been forever changed for having been pushed in this direction. My life has been changed by mission trips to Ecuador and studying abroad in Austria. I have received a solid education by qualified professors. As my time here comes to a close, I know that I am a better person, a better Catholic, and a better man for having come here. That is the greatest compliment I can pay to the University.
I leave y’all with this – if you feel the slightest tug at your heart to check out Franciscan, follow it. The Lord will not disappoint you in the adventure He wants to take you on.
I’m Marc Radabaugh. My household, Fishers of Men, chose me to lead them through this year. On its surface, the responsibility doesn’t seem to be too great. On a deeper level, however, the task is daunting. For someone who has a hard time finding holiness myself, I can’t help but think at times that there was a mistake in the ballot counting. Fortunately, God’s grace is both powerful and overflowing, and I’m counting on that river of grace to carry me through. Hopefully, some of y’all out there reading this blog will come to Franciscan and help continue this Catholic culture.