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Campus Ministry Invites CUA to #WalkwithFrancis

In preparation for Pope Francis’s Sept. 23 visit to campus, Catholic University’s Office of Campus Ministry will hosts a series of events with the theme “Walk with Francis: Joy of the Gospel.” Campus Ministry is inviting members of the CUA community to “Walk with Francis” through events related to prayer, learning, and service.

The events are tied to the Archdiocese of Washington’s #WalkwithFrancis initiative, which encourages D.C.-area residents to take a pledge to follow the example of Pope Francis by serving in their community however they can.

Below are details about the events.


Tuesday, Sept. 8
8 p.m., The House, Caldwell Hall

House Mass with veneration of a relic of Blessed Junípero Serra
The veneration of a relic is an act of faith that honors the memory of the saint whose intercession is implored.

Tuesday, Sept. 15
5:10 p.m., Caldwell Chapel
Our Lady of Sorrows Mass
This Mass will be offered in Spanish and will include veneration of a relic of Junípero Serra.

Tuesday, Sept. 22
5:10 p.m., Caldwell Chapel
Votive Mass for Our Lady of Mercy
This Mass will be offered in Spanish and will include veneration of a relic of Junípero Serra.

Throughout September
University Prayer Cards

Before Pope Francis’s visit, Campus Ministry will distribute University Pope Francis prayer cards. The Pope Francis Five Finger Prayer serves as a guide for personal prayer before the visit.



Saturday, Sept. 12
7 p.m., Hartke Theatre

“Joy of Loving” multimedia dance-drama
In this performance, Nrityalaya, a traditional Indian dance company, will showcase Mother Teresa’s legacy of love and compassion for the needy, mercy to the “poorest of the poor,” and devotion to education. Tickets are required.

Wednesday, Sept. 16
10 p.m., The Cellar, Caldwell Hall

Pope Trivia Night
Students will be quizzed about how much they know about Pope Francis. Free food will be available at the event.

Thursday, Sept. 17
3:45 p.m., Monsignor Stephen P. Happel Room, Caldwell Hall
Junípero Serra: Apostle of California
Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., professor and coordinator of Hispanic and Latino programs in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, will discuss Serra’s life and the founding of California missions.

Thursday, Sept. 17
5 p.m., Caldwell Auditorium

Follow Francis’s Footsteps: The Pope’s Guide to Modern Life
Faculty from Catholic University will address questions about Pope Francis and the Catholic Church, exploring topics such as poverty, peace, theology, and encyclicals.

Sunday, Sept. 20
6:30 p.m., St. Vincent’s Chapel
Documentary and Discussion: The Francis Effect
Followed by Mass
Rev. Thomas M. Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Canada’s Catholic TV channel Salt + Light, and Sebastian Gomes, producer for Salt + Light, will lead a discussion and share their documentary The Francis Effect, which takes a critical and in-depth look at how an ancient institution is rapidly changing under the leadership and vision of Pope Francis. Father Rosica will preach at the Mass that will take place at 9 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Chapel.



Sunday, Sept. 13
9 a.m., Caldwell Auditorium

Serve with Francis Day
This day provides an opportunity for members of the CUA community to serve at sites throughout Brookland and other D.C. neighborhoods. More information can be found here.

Throughout September
Service Opportunities
There are several opportunities throughout September for students to participate in weekly service events. A full listing of service opportunities can be found here.

Throughout September
Office of Campus Ministry, Caldwell Hall

#WalkwithFrancis T-Shirts
Campus Ministry will be selling Walk with Francis T-shirts to commemorate Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to Catholic University, and to raise money to help support CUA’s mission trips.

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