Continuing Education and Formation
John Henry Cardinal Newman wrote, “Religious truth is not only a portion, but a condition of general knowledge. To blot it out is nothing short, if I may so speak, of unraveling the web of university teaching.” Newman’s idea of a university has Christ at its center. Although Pitt, CMU and Chatham University are not Catholic by religious affiliation, Catholicism and Newman’s idea are alive and flourishing. Pitt, CMU and Chatham’s vision of academic excellence accompanied by Christ’s presence on campus is forming a group of young people today that are not only searching for but also committing to truth! The Catholic campus ministry program is dedicated to bringing Christ to the heart of the academic community and to keeping that web of education intact. The Newman Center offers weekly discussion groups to foster the intellectual and spiritual development of the students and the development of an educated Catholic laity.
Evangelization and Peer Ministry
The students who come to the Newman Center have an active role to play in the ministry to the university community. They seek to bear witness to their Catholic Faith through becoming a visible and vocal presence on the campuses. Weekly Bible studies (men’s and women’s) are conducted on each of the three campuses. The Newman clubs regularly staff information tables at St. Paul Cathedral and on the campuses to engage their fellow students about the many events offered at the Newman Center.
The New Evangelization
The new evangelization will be a seed of hope for the new millennium if you, today’s Catholics, make the effort to transmit to future generations the precious legacy of human and Christian values which have given meaning to your life. As men and women who, with the passing years, have accumulated valuable lessons of life, it is your role to ensure that the new generations receive a sound Christian formation during their intellectual and cultural training, to prevent the powerful progress from closing them to the transcendent. Lastly, always present yourselves as tireless promoters of dialogue and peace in the face of the predominance of might over right, and of indifference to the tragedies of hunger and disease afflicting large numbers of the population.
For your part, young people and children who look to tomorrow with hearts full of hope, you are called to be the artisans of history and evangelization now and in the future. A sign that you did not receive this rich Christian and human heritage in vain will be your dedicated striving for holiness, both in the life of the families that many of you will start in a few years’ time, and in the gift of yourselves to God in the priesthood or the consecrated life, if this is your calling. [John Paul II, Speech 1/25/1999, 9 & 10]
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