Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Boston University Catholic Center Is Alive in Christ

Some of our Catholic Center Community on Ultimate Frisbee Night
During Our First Week Events

The following letter was mailed this week to many of the friends of the BU Catholic Center. It gives a sense of what's going on and asks people to help support us in our mission.

September 25, 2015

Dear Friend of the BU Catholic Center:                                                

One of my “go to” lines in the scriptures is “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing” (1 Thes 5:11). In these few words, St. Paul identifies what a Catholic community ought to be. I hope that this letter encourages and builds you up and, in turn, convinces you to encourage and build up the Catholic community at Boston University. So many of you have indeed been doing just that! Some of you have been long time faithful donors. Some of you will be first time donors this year! I want to encourage you to be generous. Here are some reasons to be encouraged:

  • This past Easter numerous young men and women were baptized and received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church through our RCIA at the Catholic Center!! What a great joy it is to welcome new young people into the Faith!

  • Four of the Six Men Studying for the Priesthood
    From the BU Catholic Center
    This September THREE recent graduates from Boston University entered St. John’s Seminary in order to study for the priesthood! Currently there are SIX recent alumni from the Boston University Catholic Center studying to be priests!! In the past twelve years, SIXTEEN men and women from the BU Catholic Center have been ordained, entered religious life, or entered the seminary!!! This is amazing!

  • A young man who was President of the Boston University Student Government and who graduated this past May is giving a year of volunteer service to the Catholic Center as a way of giving back for the great experience he had here as a student. The Catholic Center stirs in the hearts of young men and women a desire to serve others.

  • Daily Mass, Holy Hours, Retreats, Men’s Group, Women’s Group, Student led Bible Studies, Mission Trips, Outreach to the Homeless in Boston, Weekly Catholic Formation Nights, Weekly Dinners, and Evangelization and Outreach Efforts on Campus!

  • Our building is filled every day with students who stop by to pray, to hang out, to eat, to have coffee, and to enjoy friendship with one another.

I hope that you are encouraged! I know that I am! I also hope that you would be encouraged to help build up your younger brothers and sisters in the Faith by generously supporting our mission. The Lord is doing GREAT things here.

I hope when you read some of the things that the Lord is doing in our midst, you were “encouraged and built up.” I know that I am encouraged and built up by what I witness the Lord doing in this very special place. And, I am encouraged and built up by the generous way so many friends support this community of young Catholics. The Catholic Center depends entirely upon the generosity of people like you. Without you, we cannot continue to encourage and build up these young Catholic men and women on BU’s campus.

On the weekend of October 24th, 2015  we will be conducting our yearly phonathon. This is our major fundraiser each year and I am asking you to encourage and build up the young men and women here by supporting our mission. You can mail donations directly to the BU Catholic Center at 211 Bay State Road Boston, MA 02215 OR you can visit our website and make a donation through PayPal or through ParishPay.

Thank you so much for encouraging us and building us up. I hope that we are doing the same for you!

    In Christ,

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