With a new name and a new year, Spiritual Life, formerly Campus Ministry, is off to an exciting start. The name change from Campus Ministry to Spiritual Life was a surprise this year, especially to seniors who have always known it as CM.
Some students say that it is a welcome change, more inclusive to those who may not be specifically religious or do not adhere specifically to the Catholic faith. Others believe that the name change was unnecessary and did not achieve inclusion. Even though there is some debate about whether the name change was beneficial or not, the goal behind the change remains: to bring people together.
Under this new name, on Friday, Sept. 8, students gathered at Eagle Point Park for the annual Spiritual Life Welcome Night to enjoy a night full of activities. The event kicked off with Mass at 4:15 p.m. Following Mass were ice breaker games and Core Team introductions. After these activities, everyone was split up into groups to get to know each other and have small group discussions. Fazoli’s catered the event with copious amounts of spaghetti and breadsticks, enough to feed the hungry Duhawks.
All of the organizations within Spiritual Life, like Daughters of Christ the King and Discovery Retreat, had an opportunity to give information about what they do on campus. The Praise and Worship group gave a great performance and encouraged everyone to attend monthly Praise and Worship Adoration on the second Thursday of every month.
The night ended with a scavenger hunt where teams had to go to different locations around Eagle Point Park and take pictures. Whether it was their first Welcome Night or their fourth, everyone had a fun night and made some new friends along the way.