This past weekend was the first “Off-Campus Weekend.” Once a month the students at CSC are allowed to leave campus for the weekend. The first night I drove down to Rolla, Mo. with fellow senior David Bauer. We visited with a family that evening then got up in the morning to attend the PRC Walk For Life. PRC stands for Pregnancy Resource Center, the center provides, ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, counseling for pregnant women, as well as parenting classes. The center does lots of great work and in less than 3 years they have already helped over 1,000 clients. There were roughly 300 people participating in the walk, and it was great to see so many people support such a great organization. It was also nice to catch up with some families I met this summer while working at the parish in Rolla, St. Patrick’s.
After helping pack everything up from the walk, it was back on the road for me, I went up to Columbia, visited with friends and attended the Mizzou vs. San Diego State football game. While it wasn’t the prettiest victory, it was a victory nonetheless. More importantly I got to visit with some friends from my time at Mizzou.
Sunday morning I got up and headed to Kansas City to see Cardinal John Foley, of Philadelphia. Cardinal Foley is the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Previously, he served as the President for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Which meant that he was in charge of the Church’s relations, involvement and teachings on the Media. I had the opportunity to meet him in 2008 when he was in Columbia to speak to the Newman Center and Journalism School. Some conversations I had with him at that time influenced me in my discernment to enter seminary as I was wrestling with the desire to be a journalist and a potential call to the priesthood. His example and words helped guide me in many ways.
Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen traffic issues I did not arrive early to the Mass at the Cathedral in Kansas City, Mo. Therefore I didn’t get to see the Cardinal. However, I did get to see the Abbot of Conception Abbey, as well as our very own Bishop Gaydos.
All-in-all it was a very busy, but enjoyable weekend. Next month our off-campus coincides with Mizzou’s Homecoming Game, as well as our Diocesan Hispanic Mass. So I’ll be attending both of those events.