The Young Catholic Scholars Program
The Young Catholic Scholars Program is an 8 month program which encourages a deeper appreciation, understanding and dialogue on the intersection of a student's faith with their area of study. The program offers a student resources and guidance to embark on a personal investigation of how their faith impacts their area of study and how their study impacts their faith. The program also offers students an opportunity to collaborate with mentors in their field as well as a spiritual director and to take a leadership position in the creation of a Young Catholic Scholars series for the greater CSC community.
The recipients of the Young Catholic Scholars Program grant will be awarded $1000 for the length of the program (October 2015 through May 2016.) They will work with the committee listed above for the 2015-2016 school year as the student leaders of the Young Catholic Scholars Program.
If you have any questions about the program, contact Lynn Duffield at Duffield@washucsc.org or call 314 935-9191, ext. 203.
Click here to apply today!
Student Leaders needed
Applications are now open to be a member of the CSC Welcome Team. It's an amazing opportunity to get involved with the CSC, step into a leadership role at the CSC, and share your experiences with the incoming freshmen. Apply here or contact CSU Outreach co-chair Bill Heisler (email@example.com) with questions
Why Be Catholic?
Sometimes, when people learn that you are Catholic (or in my case, that I work for the Church on top of it), they might be tempted to write you off as foolish and naive at best or even narrow-minded at worst. Issues and hypocrisies like those noted in the New York Times op-ed below might come to their minds.
How could any intelligent individual participate in an organization like that? Not an entirely unreasonable question, to be fair. My response? In the words of Peter when Jesus asks if he too will leave Him, "To whom else shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." And I don’t mean eternal life as in whatever happens after death. I mean now. To where else would I go? Imperfect though it may be (it's made up of humans, after all!), the Church has given me the very tools with which I now challenge the Church to manifest its best self. And it is the wisdom, tradition, and community of the Church that time and time again has manifested the best in me throughout my life (almost in spite of me).
I'm not much of a St. Augustine fan, but I can really get on board with him when he says "The Church is a whore, but she's still my mother."
You can’t get mad at me. St. Augustine said it after all.
These days, in a world of infinite options and instant gratification, the temptation is always there to jump ship. To run off to the next thing. To think that there is something/one better out there. To think there is something/one perfect out there that will never disappoint me and will always make me happy. Well that stinkin' thinkin' will just hasten the disappointment.
Jesus came and challenged the heck out of what people took for granted as Judaism. He was his own religion's harshest critic. But He was still a Jew. A good Jew. A practicing Jew. And He spent his adult life trying to help his faith tradition manifest its best self and re-discover the immense wisdom that is there and access to the divine that it could offer. Until it finally got Him killed.
So...when we have issues with the Church (as in this New York Times op-ed, which does raise some fair points), I'd say we’re in pretty good company when we are willing to go down with the ship or give our lives to help steer that ship as best as we can help steer it, trusting that, at it its best, it's a darn good vehicle to navigate the stormy seas.
Mark Zaegel's Blog Entry
Frank's Opinion in the N.Y. Times