If you grew up going to a Catholic elementary school, high school, or college, you know the ropes by now. Going to mass is a must and Religion classes are a part of your core curriculum.
However, there is so much more you can do to strengthen your faith, and that is campus ministry involvement.
As a student who has been attending Catholic school my entire life, I did not realize just how much more an individual can do to become closer to God.
When I arrived at college, all I knew about my faith was going to mass and learning about my religion in school. Who knew I could do it all on my own, as well?
Maybe you led some sort of religious retreats in high school. Maybe you served as an alter server at mass on Sundays. Maybe you sang in the church choir. While all of these are excellent ways to strengthen your faith, college can offer you much more.
At my college, we have countless amounts of retreats throughout the year that anyone and everyone can go on. You’re able to explore the depths of your religion more deeply, as well as get to better know yourself, and others. Another perk is that you’ll make lifelong friends along the way!
If retreats aren’t your forte and you’re able to understand your faith more at a mass, why not apply to be an alter server? It can be a bit scary at first, but being able to serve God during this blessed time on a Sunday morning, afternoon, or evening may be just what you need.
Volunteering may strengthen your faith if you’re not a religious person. You can draw closer to God by helping to serve others.
Doing it with a group of people will make it more enjoyable and it doesn’t have to be campus ministry. Take Habitat for Humanity or Relay For Life – two non-religious activities of volunteering, yet they are widely popular not even in just universities, but all over the world!
Faith Discussion Groups
If you’re not sure about where you stand with your faith, or want to hear the opinions of others before you can make your own, consider joining a faith discussion group.
Some universities have them through campus ministry, and if not, local parishes usually offer them through their church.
It’s worth a shot, and gives you the opportunity to grow, learn and explore. You may be surprised at what you come to learn and realize.
College has offered a lot of religious activities for young adults to get involved in. It has helped adults get more involved in campus activities while also growing in their faith.
If you’re looking for a new activity, why not try one of these? You may be surprised how much you enjoy them, and you may just find a new relationship with God.