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ASCC Student Conference 2003

The Eucharist on Campus
Sunday, November 9, 2003
Washington, D.C.

Mark your calendars! The keynote speaker will be Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., well-known author and host on EWTN!

Location: Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20001
*The hotel is easily accessible from Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Union Station (AMTRAK).


Schedule:   8:30 AM: Mass with Fr. Pacwa at the hotel.

9:30 AM: Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM: Talk by Fr. Pacwa (Ecclesia de Eucharistia and the Importance of the Eucharist to Students’ Spiritual Growth)

11:30 AM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Introduction to ASCC and Overview of the Eucharistic Adoration Campaign.

1:30 PM: Break out session (students with adoration at their colleges and those without). Discuss ways to promote adoration and ways to begin an adoration program.

3:30 PM: Closing Remarks.


To register for this year’s conference, please print out the form below and send it with $10 (check or money order) to:

Association of Students at Catholic Colleges, 10562 Associates Court, Manassas, VA 20109.


Note: This is a student-only conference (undergraduate, graduate, and high school seniors are welcome). Everyone (including students) is encouraged to attend the Cardinal Newman Society’s national conference on November 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C. The CNS conference is titled Professor, Philosopher, Pope: The Legacy of Pope John Paul II and features Ralph McInerny of the University of Notre Dame, H.W. Crocker III, author of the best-seller Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute, and Rev. James V. Schall, S.J. of Georgetown University.
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Conference registration includes sessions and meals. Your registration will be confirmed when we receive your registration form and payment. Please fill out one entire form for each person attending. You are responsible for all transportation and housing requirements (e.g. to/from Washington, D.C., to/from airport, hotel costs).

 

 

 

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John Paul II Have you heard? There’s a new trend on Catholic campuses and it’s transforming lives. Students, faculty, and campus ministers are rediscovering Eucharistic Adoration, a timeless devotion of the Church.

The great twentieth century communicator, evangelist, and Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, had a deep personal devotion to Eucharistic Adoration:

“Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are proceeded by a personal encounter with Him. Theological insights are gained not only from between two covers of a book, but from two bent knees before an altar. The Holy Hour becomes like an oxygen tank to revive the breath of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the foul atmosphere of the world.”

The Archbishop gives us what we like to think of as the “missing piece” in the life of Catholic colleges. He witnessed in his time a growing divide between those Catholics who place more emphasis on theological knowledge and those who emphasize social action. Notice that he didn’t condemn emphasis on either, but rather pointed out how fruitless they both are without a personal encounter with Christ. It is “Through Him, With Him, and In Him” that we must live our lives.

Eucharistic Adoration is the ideal place to foster and experience this deep personal relationship with Christ. If students are deprived of the opportunity to strengthen this bond, they will be ill-prepared to serve others. They will quickly lose hope in a world that mocks them for everything they hold to be true. It is good to have high ideals about social reform and orthodoxy, but when these ideals are not grounded in God’s grace, they become vain pursuits. Adoration is truly the key to opening up the hearts and minds of students so that they may become the Christian men and women God created them to be.

Why provide adoration on Catholic campuses?

The Catholic college or university that has a program of Eucharistic Adoration assimilates itself closely to Pope John Paul II’s vision of the true Catholic identity of a college or university. Adoration draws the college and its members closer to the heart of the Church.

What are the various forms of adoration programs?

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the constant exposure of the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance with at least one adorer present at all times. Eucharistic Adoration may also be offered for a few hours per day or per week, at times convenient for students to attend.

How does an adoration program benefit students?

Eucharistic Adoration places God at the top of one’s list of priorities. Everything that is secondary, academics, relationships, finances, falls into its proper place. Eucharistic Adoration gives students an opportunity to take a break from the business and stress of their day-to-day routine and adore Christ. Students who take advantage of adoration oftentimes become more involved in other campus ministry activities.

Will students really participate?

ASCC wants to help spread the word at your campus. Even if there are only a few students who come at first, the fire of love that these few experience will quickly spread by word and deed so that others are drawn. There are more than 30 Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. that have successful Adoration programs.

Could Eucharistic Adoration draw attendance away from the Mass?

While this is a possibility, it is certainly not the intention of Eucharistic Adoration. In order to prevent this problem, proper theological reasoning must be presented to students. In Ecclesia de Eucharistia, the Holy Father makes the point that “The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church. This worship is strictly linked to the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.” Students must be taught to appreciate this linkage.

Isn’t Eucharistic Adoration old-fashioned?

Before He ascended to Heaven, Jesus told His Apostles, “…Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matt 28:20). We have no reason to that His offering of self in the Eucharist, is outdated or old-fashioned. In fact, Adoration is a devotion that has been recommended by the Confessors and Doctors of the Church for the greater part of its history.

Is there help available to set up an adoration program?

Yes! The ASCC wants to help your college or university establish Eucharistic Adoration. We can supply resources, help promote the program to students, and put you in contact with other campus leaders. The hope that springs forth from Eucharistic Adoration will always be sufficient.

We’re so busy. Is another program really necessary?

Eucharistic Adoration will only enhance social outreach, liturgical ministries, and other charitable programs. “Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are proceeded by a personal encounter with Him,” Archbishop Sheen acknowleged.

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Text of Francis Cardinal Arinze’s Address
Commencement at Georgetown University,
Washington, D.C., May 17, 2003

God be praised for this major event today in the life of Georgetown University. Near a thousand young people are graduating. To you, dear young friends, I say: Allow serious religion to lead you to lasting joy. Happy parents and friends surround their loved ones. With them I say: Let us thank God for the gift of the family. The Company of Jesus, the Jesuits, initiated and nourish this University. With them I rejoice at the patrimony of St. Ignatius and especially that the Catholic Church is God’s gift to the world. To all I say: Arise, rejoice, God is calling you

1. Serious Religion leads to lasting Joy.

My dear graduands, at this turning point in your lives, it is helpful to keep to essentials. One of them is to locate in what happiness consists. Everyone wants to be happy. Every human being desires lasting joy.

True happiness does not consist in the accumulation of goods: money, cars, houses. Nor is it to be found in pleasure seeking: eating, drinking, sex. And humans do not attain lasting joy by power grabbing, dominating others, or heaping up public acclaim. These three things, good in themselves when properly sought, were not able to confer on Solomon, perfect happiness. And they will not be able to confer it on anyone else! (cf. Eccles1:2-3; IIKing11;1-8; Mt20:24-28; IJn 2:15-16).

Happiness is attained by achieving the purpose of our earthly existence. God made me to know him, to love him, to serve him in this world and to be happy with him for ever in the next. St. Augustine found this out in his later age after making many mistakes in his youth. He then cried out to God: “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you” (St. Aug. Conf. I, 1). My religion guides and helps me towards this. My Catholic faith puts me in contact with Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life (cf. Jn14:6). God’s grace helps me to live on earth in such a way as to attain the purpose of my earthly existence.
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My dear graduands, allow your religion to give your life its essential and major orientation. In our lives. religion is not something marginal, peripheral, additional, optional. My Catholic faith gives meaning and a sense of direction to my life. It gives it unity. Without it my life would be like an agglomeration of scattered mosaics. It is my religion, for example, that inspires my profession, that teaches me that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving (cf. Acts20:35), that helps me to appreciate that to reach the height of my growth potential, I must learn to give of myself to others as I practise my profession as lawyer, doctor, air hostess, congress member or priest (Vatican II: Gaudium et Spes, 24).

Allow your religion to give life, joy, generosity and a sense of solidarity to your professional and social engagements. In a world of religious plurity, you will of course learn to cooperate with people of other religious convictions. True religion teaches not exclusion, rivalry, tension, conflict or violence, but rather openness, esteem, respect and harmony. At the same time you should keep intact your religious identity, your distinction as a witness of Jesus Christ.

2. Thank God for the Gift of the Family.

As I see joy and just pride reflected on the faces of the parents and friends of these graduands, I think of God’s goodness in giving the gift of the family to humanity.
It is God himself who willed that a man and a woman should come to establish a permanent bond in marriage. Marriage gives rise to the family. In this fundamental cell of society, love grows. There the exercise of sexuality has its correct locus. There human maturity is nurtured. There new life utters its first cry and later smiles at the parents. There the child is first introduced to religion. Is it any wonder that the Second Vatican Council called the family “the church of the home” (cf. Lumen Gentium, 11)?

In many part of the world, the family is under siege. It is opposed by an anti-life mentality as is seen in contraception, abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. It is scorned and banalized by pornography, desecrated by fornication and adultery, mocked by homosexuality, sabotaged by irregular unions and cut in two by divorce.

But the family has friends too. It is nourished and lubricated by mutual love, strengthened by sacrifice and healed by forgiveness and reconciliation. The family is blessed with new life, kept united by family prayer and given a model in the Holy Family of Nazareth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Christian families are moreover blessed by the Church in the name of Christ and fed by the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist. It was beautiful that at the beatification of Mr. and Mrs. Luigi and Maria Beltrame-Quattrocchi in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City on October 21, 2001, three of their children were present.
May God bless all the families here present and grant our graduands who will one day set up their own families his light, guidance, strength, peace and love.

3. The Patrimony of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

We rejoice with the Jesuit Community that set up and keeps up Georgetown University. In the patrimony of St. Ignatius of Loyola, love of the Church is prominent. It is a joy, an honour and a responsibility to belong to the one, holy catholic and apostolic Church. This Mystical Body of Christ, this largest of all religious families that ever existed, is the divinely-set up family for all peoples, languages and cultures. This Church has produced Saints from every state of life, men and women who, open to God’s grace, have become signs of hope. But this same Church also has sinners in her fold. Far from discouraging and rejecting them, the Church offers them hope, wholesome Gospel teaching, saving sacraments and the invitation to abandon to food of pigs, make U-turn and return to the refreshing joy of the Father’s house, like the prodigal son (cf. Lk15:14-24).

This Church has inherited from Christ, the Apostles and her living tradition, a non-negotiable body of doctrine on faith and morals. The tenets of the Catholic faith do not change according to the play of market forces, majority votes or opinion polls. “Jesus Christ is the same today as he was yesterday and as he will be for ever” (Heb13:8). This is the Church which St. Ignatius invites all his spiritual children to love and cherish. This is the Church to which we have the joy to belong.

My dear graduands, parents and the Jesuit Community of Georgetown, arise, rejoice, because God is calling us. And may God’s light, peace, grace and blessing descend on you and remain with you always.

Frances Card. ARINZE
May 17, 2003

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Eucharistic Adoration Campaign

There’s a new trend on Catholic campuses throughout the country and it’s transforming lives.

Students are rediscovering Eucharistic Adoration, a timeless devotion of the Church.

The ASCC’s Eucharistic Adoration Campaign (EAC) is designed to help students and campus ministers at Catholic colleges start and promote Eucharistic Adoration at their colleges. Pope John Paul II has stated that he would like to see perpetual adoration implemented at every parish in the world. The Holy Father’s words extend to Campus and University Ministries as well, the parishes of today’s college students.

And behold, I am with you always,

until the end of the age.

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