This past Friday evening I had the pleasure of visiting the University of Oregon campus during the "Flock Party." Arriving by bicycle, I greeted Bro. Pius Youn, OP and the Peer Ministers and other students gathered at the St. Thomas More Newman Center table. The crowds were in great spirit that passed by and a good number paused at the Newman table for information and to play some of the games set up for them. Each game had a prize attached to it: both the bean bag toss and the "Rice Jar Guess" offered free t-shirts. Simply signing up for the newsletter gained a slice of pizza. If that was not a draw, then maybe the lanyards, lip balm, hand sanitizer, candy and other goodies made an impression. But best of all was a cut-out picture of Pope Francis giving a thumbs-up with a big grin on his face. Many, many people had their pictures taken with with the Pope or did "selfies.'
All of this was simply to generate interest in and help people become familiar with the Newman Center and the activities planned in the next few weeks. Please do browse the Newman website and discover a potential home-away-from-home. For Catholics, it is the Catholic presence at the University and offers all the Sacraments of the Church. For everyone it offers a quiet place to study, maybe to pray, and a welcoming community of like-minded people journeying through their college years. With retreat, educational, spiritual and recreational opportunities, it just might be the right fit for you. Stop by and meet the student leaders, the staff and clergy who make this a great place to visit and maybe even a haven for those looking for peace in a sometimes hectic academic world.
Blessing and Peace!
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