New! Ministry to Catholic College Students

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About our new partners ministry: Ministry to catholic College Students

Mission:

The Word Among Us currently touches the lives of nearly 450,000 Catholics every month, encouraging them in a life of prayer and Catholic discipleship. Yet, only a small portion of college-age Catholics uses The Word Among Us! We are not yet fulfilling our mission to serve the “young” church. We believe that the Lord is asking us to serve 50,000 young Catholics and help them in a life of prayer and lectio divina. Provided free of charge, The Word Among Us is a resource that Catholic chaplains can use to:

Help Catholic college students encounter Jesus Christ through daily prayer and Scripture reading and engage students in full, active participation in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church.

Rationale:

Consistent with the New Evangelization and the call to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), The Word Among Us sees reaching these college students as essential for positively impacting the future of the Catholic Church. College students stand at a precipice in their faith journey. Only 14% of all Catholics in college attend weekly Mass. Students are hungry for truth and meaning, but most are not being reached effectively. Through copies of The Word Among Us, provided at no cost to Catholic chaplains, we seek to provide orthodox and practical teaching to assist students in developing a pattern of daily prayer and Scripture and participation in the sacramental life of the Church so that they may grow as Christian disciples.


Goals:

Currently as part of a pilot program, we are sending free copies of the Advent and Lent issue of The Word Among Us Mass edition to eight colleges. Based on their feedback, we intend to increase the distribution to serve 10,000 college students with free copies during Advent and Lent by the end of 2014. Within five years, we hope to serve 50,000 Catholic college students every month with The Word Among Us.





The Word Among Us Serving the Church


The Word Among Us plays a significant role in the work of the New Evangelization - the sharing of the Gospel.
Cardinal Donald Weurl, Archbishop of Washington

The Word Among Us’ mission that “every Catholic encounter Christ through the Scriptures” is not only commendable but essential to each person’s spiritual growth. Thank you for your good work.
Bishop James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska

I am convinced that The Word Among Us is an inspiring tool of evangelization.
Cardinal William Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Your Spanish publication, La Palabra entre Nosotros, is a valuable instrument for the spiritual growth of many Catholics and does a great work of evangelization.
Archbishop Hugo Barrantes Urena, Archbishop of San Jose, Costa Rica

The Word Among Us is a wonderful aid to encourage Catholics to pray each day and to read the daily Mass readings.
Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

I am delighted that The Word Among Us now includes the daily Scriptures found in the Canadian lectionary. The Word Among Us is a genuine encouragement for Catholics to deepen their spiritual life through prayer and the practice of lectio divina using the daily Mass readings.
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa, Canada

The Word Among Us is an asset for those seeking to deepen their faith. Thank you for all that you do to spread the Good News of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Bishop Andrew P. Wypuch, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago

The Word Among Us is a wonderful blessing for Catholics in India. It provides profound reflections on the Word of God and practical guidelines for living it. The Word Among Us as a solid tool for catechesis and evangelization in over twenty languages around the world!
Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop of Delhi, India