I Just Returned From Franciscan University of Steubenville
Written By: Robert Batch
I just returned from a weekend from my "stomping grounds" at Franciscan University. I had the honor and privilege to be there for a Conference on Catechetics and a training session for the Catechetical Institute for the University as a representative from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and as alumni of the University. I wanted to give you a brief recap of the trip with some highlights and moments that truly stuck out to me. Hopefully, they do the same for you.
You might be asking, why the Mass? What I love about my time at Franciscan was how powerful the celebration of the Liturgy was and still is. I had the opportunity while I was there to attend Mass at 11:45 am in Christ the King Chapel on a Saturday. It was packed. Yes...completely full. As the Mass began, and the entrance song was played (He is Exalted) the intensity of the singing in the congregation was beautiful and gave me the chills. Everyone was truly exalting and praising the Lord as they entered into the Mass.
Even with the intensity of the song, there was also a dynamic reverence in silence. One time in particular that stuck out to me was at the end of Mass where everyone remained quiet and knelt in prayer. Quite a beautiful scene to be a part of.
The Desire to Know Truth
For those of you who have never been to the Franciscan University of Steubenville (you should go!), the desire through the students to know and to love the truth of the faith is inspiring. It is evident through their studies, the professors, and the friars that it is the main goal is to emphasize the Catholic Faith through their daily lives.
Like any other university that you might attend there is always a unique combination of people that come to the university for any number of reasons. However, Franciscan University is different in this respect, because you know that there is one common reason:
It is Jesus that is the center of the campus life. It is Jesus that matriculates from the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and invades the lives of the students and the people on campus.
Franciscan is a unique place, where transformation occurs, through being passionately Catholic, and Academically Excellent.
I couldn't agree more.
About The Author:
Robert Batch holds a degree in Communications with a Minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theology online through Franciscan. He has a passion for speaking, lecturing, and teaching about the faith. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Amanda