As students prepare to begin college classes next month, it is an opportune time to revisit the Pennsylvania bishops’ letter to Catholic students, Your Catholic Faith on Campus.
In the letter, the bishops encourage students to “use this opportunity not simply for specialized professional training and broader social experience, but also for the development of yourself as a person of faith, virtue, and culture.”
In answering the question, “How shall I live my life?” the bishops encourage students to recognized the importance of remaining close to Jesus Christ and his Church by participating in Mass and receiving the sacraments often. The bishops also encourage Catholic students to get in touch with the Newman Center or Campus Ministry Office, which can serve as a “home away from home.”
Recognizing that college students are particularly susceptible to attacks against their Catholic faith, questions about their faith, and the behavior of other students, the bishops encourage Catholic students not to underestimate the influence their words and actions have on others and “be an example of what it means to be a Catholic and a follower of Jesus.”
Read the full text of Your Catholic Faith on Campus.