In preparation for Pope Francis’s Sept. 23 visit to campus, Catholic University’s Office of Campus Ministry initiated a series of events with the theme “Walk with Francis: Joy of the Gospel.” CUA students, alumni, faculty, and staff took the pledge to walk in solidarity with our Holy Father through prayer, learning, and service. More than 500 members of the CUA community took part in the Serve with Francis Day on Sept. 13.
“To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely.”
– Pope Francis
Campus Ministry planned a series of prayerful events and resources to help members of the CUA community prepare for our Holy Father’s visit to campus. Masses were offered in Spanish to help people get ready to participate in the papal Mass on Sept. 23, which was primarily in Spanish.
Members of the Catholic University community participated in events like “The Pope’s Guide to Modern Life.” They tested their papal IQ at Pope Trivia Night. They learned about Blessed Junípero Serra who was canonized by Pope Francis at the Mass on Sept. 23. And they watched “The Francis Effect,” a powerful video about the impact Pope Francis is having on the world.
More than 500 students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Catholic University participated in Serve with Francis Day on Sunday, Sept. 13, working with local partners in Brookland and other D.C. neighborhoods. Campus Ministry continues to provide weekly opportunities to serve our brothers and sisters who are in need.