Monday, February 14, 2011

Winning The Future of American Catholicism

Matt Warner argues that St. Mary's Catholic Center has the answers:
If you want to catch a glimpse of the future of American Catholicism - check out College Station, Texas. It’s home to St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University.

Their program is a great glimpse into the future for two primary reasons. The first is that they are actually winning hearts and minds of young people (not losing them) and churning out passionate, orthodox and educated future leaders of the Church. George Weigel said it well in an excellent article about St. Mary’s Catholic Center:
“The program is unapologetically orthodox. There is no fudging the demands of the faith. And yet they come, and come, and come, because [Texas A&M] Aggie Catholicism shows the campus a dynamic orthodoxy that is not a retreat into the past but a way of seizing the future and bending it in a more humane direction.”
Read the full article by Weigel for more great info and some impressive statistics there.

St. Mary’s has also had more seminarians come out of their program in recent times than perhaps any other university system (Catholic universities included). It is also there in College Station where the (now well-known) 40 Days for Life program first began. In other words, they are doing something right.
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