This has a lot of promise, if they can find some good and faithful chaplains. That will be key.
When I was at Harvard in the 1950s, I converted from Episcopalian to Catholic. The chaplain had nothing to do with it, since I didn’t get to know him until after I was Catholic. But as it happened, the Harvard Catholic Club had a wonderful influence on the students who got involved with it. Fr. Porres, the chaplain, was a member of Opus Dei, and the local church not far from Harvard Square was highly orthodox and had great liturgy and music at that time.
I think things have gone downhill since then, although I haven’t really kept in touch. But a good chaplain who emphasizes the sacraments—especially confession—and sponsors retreats can make a huge difference.
Since the Newman Society apparently is sponsoring this, I would expect and hope for good things.
Oh, if only this would catch on in California— in time for my daughter to make use of it.
This is excellent. I will never forget how appalled I was when our oldest entered a Jesuit university in 2000 and was assigned not just to a coed dorm, but a coed floor on the dorm, where the Resident Advisor proceeded to explain “sexiling” to the freshman — the expected courtesy of leaving the room when your roommate wanted to bring someone in and have sex. Just disgraceful. Yet! Drinking was forbidden!
That’s because, in my opinion, the financial burden of sexual casualties fell on the individual and his or her family — unplanned pregnancies, STDs, bad breakups and the resulting depression, child support and jerking around of the babydaddy, etc. But underage drinking casualties — automobile deaths, brawls and arrests — tended to take place in public and could result in bad publicity or lawsuits against the school.
Such hypocrisy. Sickening.
Sounds great! It would be more conducive to the kids not losing their faith having others living their faith as well, in close proximity.
Serious evangelicals would also be likely to want to follow suit.
“Off the campus” might work better in both cases (evangelical and Catholic). On campus, they have to kowtow to the campus rules, which may not always be friendly to people of faith.