By Braden Bocard
Sophomore Alex Caudill has been crucial to bringing the Newman Center to our small college. The Newman Center is a national chain devoted to bringing Catholic students worship services. According to Caudill, the Catholic population has been steadily increasing recently in Georgetown. He said that with approximately 125 registered Catholic students and many more unregistered, it became imperative for more Catholic opportunities to come to Georgetown as well. However, Caudill is not the only person to thank for bringing this organization to our campus; many faculty, staff, students and Ss. Francis and John Catholic parish are a large part of this.
Caudill, working through the Newman Center, has already brought many changes to GC. Their Fall Kickoff, which garnered high numbers, consisted of a Mass worship service and free dinner open to all students. The organization has also acquired a desk in the Chapel’s ministry lounge so that students may stop by and learn more about the Catholic faith.
Caudill said they plan to have “social, service and spiritual events” every Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Jones Hall Nelson Suite, Mass twice a month, an All Soul’s Day event and a Catholic panel, just to name a few. Caudill is optimistic for the future Catholic student involvement. He said,
“The people who attend our events are different than the people attending Rooted,” showing that Catholic students are already responding well to the new opportunities.
One day, Caudill hopes there will be an actual Newman Center on campus and that the campus will continue to grow in diversity. More importantly, however, he hopes the organization will bring many students, Catholic or not, closer to Christ. If you have any questions, the desk known as the “Catholic HQ” in the Chapel ministry lounge will provide answers.