Jan 3, 2013 / 04:06 pm
The Newman Student Housing Fund is working to establish faith-based dormitories on two college campuses, housing students starting the fall semester of 2013.
“What makes them work is the community,” Matt Zerrusen, president of Newman Student Housing Fund, told CNA Jan. 2.
“We’re just putting people together in a dorm who are faith-based, and want to keep their faith through college,” he added, and “we’re just putting them in an environment to succeed.”
Florida Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University – Kingsville, both secular universities, will offer student housing coupled with campus ministry for Catholics next academic year.
Groundbreaking for the dorms occurred in October at Kingsville, and in December in Melbourne, the site of Florida Institute of Technology.
Zerrusen said the intention of the dormitories is to provide a faith-based community, without requiring dramatic sacrifices of students – “you don’t have to memorize the Catechism to live here … but we’ll surround you with positive Catholic influences.”
He plans to expand the model to other universities, and is already in discussion with a few campus ministry programs. …
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