Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Catholic Virginian

January 23, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 6
Virginia Catholic Campus Ministry Summit set Feb. 3-4

by Michael School
special to The Catholic Virginian

A little known fact about the Diocese of Richmond is that within our geographic footprint there are over 68 institutions of higher education (colleges and universities).

Based on national statistics, the diocese estimates there are over 88,000 Catholic college students (or about 30 percent of the college population) within our diocesan boundaries.

In a bold new step, the Office for Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults is hosting its first-ever Virginia Catholic Campus Ministry Summit beginning the evening of Friday, February 3, through Saturday, February 4 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Charlottesville. It will gather young adults from across the diocese who attend our college campuses for a 24-hour opportunity to be with other young adults who are Catholic.

Often times, our college students have attended high school with students from other colleges and this will be a time for students to rekindle old friendships and make new friends.

Throughout the scriptures, God does big things at the tops of mountains. From Mt. Sinai where the Lord gives Moses the Ten Commandments, to Mt. Tabor where Christ is transfigured before the eyes of his Apostles, and everywhere in between, God seems to speak most clearly and profoundly to his people on summits.

The theme for this year’s Summit is “ARISE” based on the words of the prophet Isaiah (60:1). Weaving together the theme for the Summit is keynote presenter Ennie Hickman of ADORE Ministries.

Now, in his 12th year of evangelization work, Ennie and his family are full time Missionaries in Houston, TX. Through his personal testimony and unique way of relating to individuals, Ennie has helped God change lives. He has spoken at numerous large retreats and conferences throughout the country, Europe and Africa.

Another speaker will be Catholic comedian Judy McDonald who will share her story of growing up as a Catholic young adult.

The Summit will provide an opportunity to learn more about one’s individual and communal Catholic faith through talks, breakout sessions, and speakers. In addition, all participants of the Summit can participate in the Sacraments during the weekend.

Because of the generosity of the Diocesan Annual Appeal, the Summit will cost only $10 which includes lodging, bus transportation from each college campus, and meals. It is open to all students who attend any type of college or university in the state of Virginia.

For more information and to register, visit