Association of Students at Catholic Colleges
Eucharistic Adoration Campaign
Why are Campus Ministers Turning to Adoration?
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
“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?
What are the various forms of adoration programs?
- 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.
How does an adoration program benefit students?
- 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
Will students really participate?
- 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.
Could Eucharistic Adoration draw attendance away from
- 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.
Isn’t Eucharistic Adoration old-fashioned?
- 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.
Is there help available to set up an adoration program?
- 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
We’re so busy. Is another program really necessary?
- 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
- 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.