The year began, and Marty once again brought up The Society of Saint Paul. I had forgotten about it, but he was indeed still set on it. He told us about a nice parish he had been going to for Mass called Annunciation. We started going to Annunciation for Mass every Sunday, and then we would come back to our house for brunch and some Catholic discussion.
The first few meetings consisted of the four of us at the house plus two friends. As the weeks went on, more and more people were showing up. Originally, our meetings had no definitive ending time, leading to us literally talking about Catholicism until around dinner time. We realized a few things from these early meetings:
1.There were strong Catholics on UC’s campus who had a yearning for a dynamic faith sharing experience.
2. Nobody would come to a group that had 8 hour meetings.
Our meetings continued to grow and become more refined, with each Sunday meeting being devoted to Scriptural reflection, as well as discussing some of the works of the giants of theology, such as G.K. Chesterton.
The numbers grew, and more and more people joined the meetings in our small house just off of campus.
The next thing we knew, Archbishop Schnurr was sitting in a beat-up lawn chair in our kitchen with pancakes, talking about the scriptures with us.
The UC Society of Saint Paul is now an officially recognized campus group, consisting of two off-campus houses, a speaker series that has hosted world-famous speakers such as Dr. Allen Hunt, a vast membership inclusive of all grade-levels, and a firm devotion to both parish life and the New Evangelization.
Welcome and Congratulations to Marty!