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Ohio Wesleyan University Joins Catholics on Call as First Protestant Partner

September 13, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University announced today it has become the first Protestant institution of higher education to be officially accepted as a partner with Catholics on Call, a nationwide program designed to help young adults reflect on God’s call in their lives.

Catholics on Call, operated by The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, also provides programs and information for those who minister to and with young adults, especially vocation directors, campus ministers, and other pastoral ministers.

“This is a natural partnership for OWU,” said Kelly Adamson, associate chaplain and director of Catholic Campus Ministries for the university, “because Catholics on Call closely reflects our own programs of theological discernment of vocation, but adds rich resources not otherwise affordable to us, and strong Catholic connections not otherwise directly available to us.”

Catholics on Call will provide Ohio Wesleyan with direct connections to a dedicated national partnership of 27 Catholic colleges and universities, 29 men’s religious communities, 30 women’s religious communities, nine Catholic parishes, and 21 other Catholic organizations and institutions across the nation, including the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, Department of Higher Education and Campus Ministry.

“Ohio Wesleyan University is honored to partner with this outstanding Catholic program, and particularly to be the first Protestant institution to do so,” said University Chaplain Jon Powers. “In her dual role as director of Catholic Campus Ministries and co-director of Mission and Vocation, Kelly Adamson had all the connections and instincts to make this happen. We expect this partnership will greatly enrich Ohio Wesleyan’s vocational discernment initiative, The Lilly Vision OWU.”

The first program between Catholics on Call and Ohio Wesleyan will be a conference titled “Culture and Call: Discernment among Young Adults of Diverse Backgrounds” Oct. 18-19 at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. More information about Catholics on Call and the conference is available online at www.catholicsoncall.org.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.