Guest Blogger: Joe Day
Last week 45 PC students, along with assistant chaplains Fr. Justin Brophy and Fr. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, traveled down to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. Every year, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states during all nine months of pregnancy, hundreds of thousands from across the country gather in D.C. to call for justice and protection for the unborn.
We left PC around 7am on January 21 and headed to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the March for Life Vigil Mass. The pews, along with every available standing and sitting space, were filled with over 20,000 worshipers. It was a powerful experience to see so many Christians from across the country united in prayer to end abortion. During his homily, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and Chairman of the US Bishop Committee on Pro-Life Activities, stressed how the tide has turned in favor of life. More young people are pro-life than their parent’s generation.
Following Mass, we walked across the street to the Dominican House of Studies, where all Eastern Province Dominicans, including Fr. Brophy, Fr. Yungwirth, and Fr. Cuddy, study in preparation for ordination. We joined the Dominican priests and student brothers for Night Prayer and pizza. It was a great experience to interact with the brothers and get a glimpse of the formation that produces Dominican priests. We also had the opportunity to see PC alums Br. John Sica ’10, Br. Athanasius Murphy ’10, and Br. Jordan Zajac ’04, who are all student brothers at the House of Studies, as well as Sr. Melissa Scott ’14, who is a postulant with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.
After sleeping on the floor of the basement of St. Dominic’s Church where Eastern Province Dominicans are ordained priests, PC students spent the morning exploring the museums and monuments around the National Mall. The March itself began around 1pm. Marching with the Dominicans, I was again struck by the sheer number of people present. There really is no event quite like the March for Life. Estimates place the number of marchers between half a million and 800,000, with a large amount of young adults, and particularly college students, present. Abortion is an issue that extensively affects college students. Women are mostly likely to face crisis pregnancies during their college years, and most abortions are performed on college age women. It is really amazing, therefore, to see how college students recognize the effect abortion has on their peers.
I was reminded that colleges are crucially important fields for the pro-life movement. A major challenge for colleges is providing non-judgmental compassion and support to students facing unplanned pregnancies. Encouraged by the success of other schools and fed by the experience of the March for Life, PC for Life hopes to provide this support for students, offering them encouragement and directing them towards the many resources available so that they might choose life and help build a Culture of Life.
For information on crisis pregnancy or post-abortive healing resources or information about PC for Life and its other activities, contact Joseph Day: email@example.com
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Guest Blogger: Patrick Rogers
As much as I would like to go on forever boasting about my recent experience with thirteen other students and a campus minister while doing service and exploring the fantastic city of New Orleans, I cannot. To try to put into words how much the city has given me and how much it has changed me would be impossible. Amidst the tangible livelihood and celebratory atmosphere you can feel when walking through the city’s streets, there runs deep devastation even after ten years since Hurricane Katrina. While I cannot capture the full impact New Orleans has had on me into this post, here’s my best attempt.
Along with venturing through the city, our group worked at four different nonprofit organizations during the week. Driving around neighborhoods with houses still boarded up and empty lots with just cement steps leading to what was once a front door was a scary reality that I witnessed. The hardest thing for me to grasp while standing in front of lots that were once houses was the fact that it has been ten years. Ten years. I was only in fifth grade when Hurricane Katrina hit the city in the late summer of 2005. I remember seeing pictures and hearing news reports, but nine-year-old me was more concerned about my upcoming fifth grade year. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have changed and grown and matured in immeasurable ways over the past ten years. To think that the past decade of my life would have been halted is nearly impossible for me to even grasp. This in-between transitioning period still remains a stoic and fixed reality for the people who were forgotten about in New Orleans.
The damage didn’t end with Katrina either, there were incredibly high rates of contractor fraud, houses were ruined, neighborhoods were vanished, and people who called New Orleans their home were forced to relocate for months (or for some: permanently). The city had several problems before the hurricane struck; blaming Katrina for all of the currently existing problems would be giving the storm too much power. The city cannot be defined by the catastrophe. Instead, it is defined by the culture, the food (definitely the food), the faith, the smiles and laughter, the strength, the resiliency.
The most remarkable aspect of New Orleans is that through inconceivable devastation and failure, there is still triumph over such terrible realities. Of the many people that you talk to while you’re in New Orleans, they will say that volunteers rebuilt the city after Katrina – and it’s volunteers that still continue to rebuild. Providence College gives students so many opportunities to be a part of something greater than the bubble that we live in here on campus. I luckily have discovered this just as a sophomore. New Orleans has become a place of reconstruction and great strength. To say that they have been able to overcome – and are still working to overcome – a category five storm shows how strong and determined they are. And how much pride they have in their home. New Orleans is a community that you cannot leave behind. It will stick with you. New Orleans will always hold a special place in my heart, and if you’re ever feeling lost, I can promise you New Orleans will take you with open arms. The community and volunteers from all over the world in New Orleans are rebuilding, restoring, and restructuring a place that has been victim of destruction and devastation. I did not expect that it would rebuild, restore, and restructure my own life in the way that it has.
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Coordinator: Alex Rawson ’15
Major: Health Policy and Management/Business Studies
What is Special Olympics?
Special Olympics organizes several events throughout the year – including a soccer tournament, two basketball tournaments in Peterson Recreation Center, and an on-campus swim meet. Each year hundreds of PC student volunteers help coordinate these athletic events with Special Olympics of Rhode Island.
Why did you decide to get involved?
Because I find this to be the most rewarding and fulfilling experience not only for myself, but for the athletes and volunteers, too!
What are you looking forward to most about being involved with Special Olympics this year?
Seeing how many volunteers we will have and deciding on the spring sport!
Upcoming; The Unified Basketball Tournament Saturday December 6th 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Meetings: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Chapel Basement. All are welcome!
Coordinator: Alex Rawson ’15 Major: Health Policy and Management/Business Studies Email: firstname.lastname@example.org What is Special Olympics? Special Olympics organizes several... MORE
Coordinator: Ryan Bonomi (aka Cupcake, Kittens, Squid, Bone Saw, or Nugget) ’16
Major: Finance with an Economics Minor
What is Elderly Outreach?
Elderly outreach is a local service club that enables students to provide friendship and entertainment to residents of local nursing homes. As a member of the club, students will get the opportunity to talk to, make crafts with, and watch performances with the residents of Capitol Ridge Assisted Living Home. It is a fun and relaxed atmosphere, allowing students to easily connect with residents.
Why did you decide to get involved?
I have been visiting nursing homes my whole life. From the time I was in first grade all the way to high school, I used to join my dad with his high school Christmas club, the Singing Santas, as they performed at nursing homes. We sang a bunch of Christmas songs while we were there and it always brought so much joy to the residents. So when I came to college, Elderly Outreach gave me an opportunity to do this kind of service again and it has been a very rewarding experience for me!
What are you looking forward to most about being involved with Elderly Outreach this year?
The thing I’m looking forward to most would have to be getting to meet so many new people. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the residents at Capitol Ridge better. They all have such interesting stories, so it’s a great experience to get to talk with them. Also I’m excited to get to know the other volunteers better. We have a great group of volunteers. They make Elderly Outreach a wonderful time!
We have our Spooktacular Halloween Party on Friday, October 31st
Every Friday in Campus Ministry at 2:45 pm
Coordinator: Ryan Bonomi (aka Cupcake, Kittens, Squid, Bone Saw, or Nugget) ’16 Major: Finance with an Economics Minor Email: email@example.com... MORE
Coordinator: Susannah O’Brien ’17
Major: Math and Music
What is Liturgical Choir?
Liturgical Choir sings at the 7 pm mass at St. Dominic’s. Everyone is welcome, and no audition is required to join. Directed by Sherry Humes Dane, we sing traditional hymns in three and four-part harmony with instrumentalists (e.g. oboe, flute, violin).
Why did you decide to get involved?
I attended the 7 pm mass from week one of college and really liked the music. Blown away by their sound, I approached Sherry after mass, asking what I needed to do to be a part of the group. The choir sings a lot of traditional hymns, some with a modern spin to them. At the time, this reminded me of the choir I sang in at home. My familiarity with the music and the welcoming attitude of everyone in the choir helped me adjust to being away from home.
What are you looking forward to most about being involved with Liturgical Choir this year?
We’ve incorporated more opportunities for prayer and scripture reading into our rehearsal time, refocusing the group on why we do what we do. I’ve been so impressed with everyone’s receptiveness and enthusiasm, and I’m excited to continue this new tradition. Also we are looking forward to getting the group outside the walls of Campus Ministry with open mic nights and other events!
Come hear us at the 7 pm mass every Sunday!
We meet for rehearsal 7-8:30 pm on Wednesdays in Campus Ministry Room A.
Coordinator: Susannah O’Brien ’17 Major: Math and Music Email: firstname.lastname@example.org What is Liturgical Choir? Liturgical Choir sings at the 7... MORE