November 08, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. —Bucknell's Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) will be recognized Sunday, Nov. 13, at a campus ministry reception for U.S. Catholic bishops in Washington, D.C.

Father Martin O. Moran III, Bucknell's Catholic Chaplain, will be recognized. In addition, Bucknell sophomore Mike Rakszawski, CCM Director of Administration, will speak at a workshop for the bishops on "Living Aspects of Campus Ministry."

CCM's "Confession Marathon," which was recognized at last year's bishops' reception, was selected again this year as one of the overall "best of the best" campus ministry programs of the last six years in a special recognition in honor of the 20th anniversary of the 1985 U.S. Bishops' statement on campus ministry: "Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry faces the Future."

The campus ministry reception is sponsored by the national Catholic Campus Ministry Association, National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry, and National Catholic Student Coalition. The award showcases Bucknell's annual Confession Marathon, held during Lent and Advent for the past five years.

According to Father Moran, "We invite five to seven vocation directors to assist with confessions from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Newman House. For many of the students, it is the first time they have participated in the sacrament since grade school. This year we had approximately 200 students attend confessions, along with Catholic faculty and staff."

The Confession Marathon allows interaction between students and vocation directors; allows extended and unhurried time for confessions; prepares students in advance through weekend homilies; provides participants with printed "How to Go to Confession" cards; and provides times at local parishes for those who would like to attend confession at another time.

Each year, the groups sponsoring the Bishops' campus ministry reception select seven exemplary programs from those nominated by peer programs. This year, rather than choose seven new honorees, the USCCB Subcommittee on Campus Ministry has chosen the very best programs from among the last six years' honorees for a special "best of the best" recognition.

For more information, contact the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life at 570-577-1592.

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