Welcome to the new school year!
My name is Fr. George Elliott, and I'm the new chaplain for St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry. I'm looking forward to a great 2018-2019 academic year at SFA. We've had a fantastic start to the year with our semi-annual leadership retreat for our student leaders, and we are currently in the midst of the "Weeks of Welcome", our ministry outreach for incoming and returning students to SFA.
At St. Mary's we have the privilege and the mission to create opportunities for the members of the SFA community to encounter Jesus Christ's mercy, love, truth and joy and to grow in love for Him and His Church.
Many of us have read the surveys, and all of us have seen it in the pews: most young people do not continue to practice their faith after they graduate from high school. The battlefield for the faith of our young people and the future of the Church is on college campuses. Words cannot express my gratitude toward the chaplains, staff, and students who have developed St. Mary's Campus Ministry over the years into the thriving community which it is today. The battles they have fought have paved the way for great fruit to be born in the souls of this community.
The hope among the students is palpable. Many of the students have made great progress in their faith, and the ministry is enriched with numerous converts to the faith. The upcoming groundbreaking and construction of the new Student Center is a visible expression of the work done and progress made in the St. Mary's community. Thank you to all of the generous benefactors who are making the new student center a possibility!
The staff and students here at St. Mary's are applying themselves to a continued spirit of openness to new and creative ways to lead the SFA community to embrace the perennial truths of the faith. Zeal coupled with prudence is needed to navigate the waters of evangelization on college campuses, but with Our Lord as our compass, and the Blessed Mother as our guiding star, we will not lose our way. Please pray for us as we continue this great endeavor!