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Catholic Campus Ministries Pursues ‘Life to the Fullest’


Emily Sorenson


This year Catholic Campus Ministries is excited to expand their services in the Roanoke community. They have made numerous changes that seek to engage other students in faith and love to one another.

One of the exciting new changes is an earlier Mass. Catholic Mass will now be held at 5pm in the Antrim Chapel on Sundays, allowing students involved in Greek life to attend both Mass and their chapter meetings. Andrea Sexton, director of CCM, adds, “Five o’clock Mass will allow for students to have a meal together in the Commons after Mass, which will further build the community.”

CCM is also thrilled to welcome Father Alistair McKay, their new priest, from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Salem. He states, “The motto of CCM at Roanoke College is ‘Life to the Fullest!’ which comes from the Gospel of John 10:10. I hope to share that fully-integrated life in Jesus Christ on campus. Life in Christ offers freedom, hopefulness and joy, even in the midst of dire circumstances; and college is a perfect time to explore the big questions in life, ‘What is life’s purpose?’, ‘How do we explain evil?’, ‘Are people basically good?’ The Christian life is an exciting journey, and our faith points to Jesus who says ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’”

Students who are interested in CCM are welcome to attend their New Student Pizza Party, which is their first social event of the semester. They enjoy hosting many events, both social and service oriented, such as Holy Bowly bowling night, movie nights, adoration nights, a retreat at Smith Mountain Lake, apple and pumpkin picking, Red Sox games, food drives, and visits to residents at Snyder nursing home.

Rebecca Siar, President of CCM, states, “CCM is doing big things on Roanoke College’s campus, and I have been fortunate to see that growth over the last few years. When I was a freshman, we only had a handful of students who were involved with CCM, but now, we have close to 100 students who are participating in the various events that our organization is putting on throughout the year, including our on-campus mass, social events, and small groups. I lead a small group on campus, and small groups are such a wonderful way to pray, read scripture, and be surrounded by others who have a passion to learn more about their Christian faith.”

For more details about CCM contact Rebecca Siar (rasiar@mail.roanoke.edu) and check out the CCM page on RCEngage. Catholic Mass is held every Sunday at 5pm in the Antrim Chapel.