The diocesan Stay Connected program needs the help of the faithful to attain its goal by June 30 of signing up 750 graduating high school seniors through Newman Connection. The program is only 25 percent away from its goal.
The faithful of the Diocese of Wichita can help the program reach 750 names by participating in the Stay Connected Program at their parish or contacting the Office of Faith Formation.
College life is a critical part of the journey of life-long faith formation. For many, it is the first time they have the opportunity to make decisions about their faith, and take greater responsibility for their faith formation.
Stay Connected partners with Newman Connection to identify Catholic high school graduates moving on to college, and share that information with the campus ministries of those colleges and universities. It consists of three steps:
• Names of incoming college freshmen are submitted either through the Catholic Diocese of Wichita Stay Connected cards, Newman Connection cards, or directly to the Newman Connection website. The goal is to have all names uploaded to the site by June 30.
• Authorized campus ministry leaders from schools throughout the United States are able to access the names of the incoming freshmen for their institution.
• If contact information is available for the new students, campus ministers then extend invitations to the incoming freshmen to welcome them to the Catholic faith community on campus.
Without a supportive faith community, many young people fail to grow in their faith, and some abandon their faith during their college years. Every parishioner plays a role in the faith development of younger parishioners – either directly or indirectly. Assisting with the Stay Connected program is one way to demonstrate care for young people.
In addition to the thriving campus ministries at Newman University, Pittsburg State University, and Wichita State University, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita has developed campus ministry opportunities for students attending community colleges and non-Catholic colleges within the diocese. It is helpful for these growing faith communities to be able to identify and welcome new students.