Catholic group continues to grow

Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM), an on-campus faith-based organization that provides opportunities to explore the Catholic faith with others who are similarly affiliated, is open to everyone who attends Stevenson University.

CCM club members volunteer at the Nun Run, a fundraiser for the Little Sister of the Poor held in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Kayla Bynion)

CCM club members volunteer at the Nun Run, a fundraiser for the Little Sister of the Poor held in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Kayla Bynion)

A sense of open-mindedness drives CCM to flourish among students in a college setting. Andrew Schmidt, the club’s president, explained that on some college campuses, there are negative stereotypes toward Catholics, and thus the group at Stevenson is open to everyone who wants to share their ideas and beliefs.

CCM meets every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the School of Business as a discussion-based roundtable led by the members. More recently, CCM is including more opportunities for service in the community. The group has been involved with charities in the area including Our Daily Bread and the Nun Run, and plans to continue with service projects such as making cards and bookmarks for recipients of Meals on Wheels.

The Catholic Campus Ministry has collaborated with other on-campus clubs and religious groups over the semester including the Jewish Student Association (JSA) and Campus Crusades for Christ (CRU). These clubs recently held a religious social where all organizations at Stevenson could socialize with those of different religions.

Beginning in 2013, CCM began hosting Masses on campus. Mass is held on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. in Rockland, and is usually celebrated by Father Hamilton Okeke, an associate pastor from Sacred Heart of Glyndon Parish. These Masses are open to anyone who is interested and wants to attend.

On Nov. 20, the club will host its second annual Family and Thanksgiving Mass.  This is open to current and past club members and their families.  After Mass, there will be a catered dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving.

For more information about CCM, stop by a meeting, attend a Sunday service, or contact Andrew Schmidt through campus email to get notified of upcoming events.

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