Nov. 15, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Confession Marathon program of Bucknell University's Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) has been honored with the Catholic Campus Ministry Association Showcase Award.

Father Martin Moran III, Catholic Chaplain at Bucknell, and Bucknell senior Erin Connell, who serves as director of spiritual life programming, will receive the honor Wednesday at the Bishops' reception at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill. Mrs. Maryjane Mitchell, wife of Bucknell president Brian Mitchell, will represent the university at the award ceremony.

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.

"In the United States, there are 2,100 CCM programs on college campuses. It's remarkable that Bucknell's program should be chosen for this honor," said Father Moran.

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.

The awards program is one of seven campus ministry programs to be honored as models in ministering to the nearly five million U.S. Catholic college students, 90 percent of whom study at non-Catholic institutions. The programs were nominated by their peers and selected by the reception committee as exemplary in one of the six aspects of campus ministry delineated in the 1985 Pastoral Letter, Empowered by the Spirit.

The other programs and their respective categories are: Visiting Spiritual Directors program of the St. Paul University Catholic Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Spiritual Direction program at the University of Kansas's St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center; Soul Smorgasbord of the St. Teresa of Avila Student Commission at Valparaiso University; Catholic Q&A program of the Diocese of Raleigh; E.C.O.N. program of the University of Houston; and Mission: Possible of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Honoring the attendees will be the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Episcopal Moderator for the CCMA, Most Reverend Gregory Aymand, Episcopal Moderator for the National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry, and Most Reverend Peter Rosazza, Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Student Coalition.

For more information about the Catholic Campus Ministry at Bucknell, see http://www.orgs.bucknell.edu/ccm/ or call 577-3766.

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