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Ohio Wesleyan Students Attend National Catholic Leadership Institute

June 19, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Four Ohio Wesleyan University students recently participated in the national Catholic Campus Ministry Leadership Institute (CMLI), where they learned about Catholic campus ministry and developed plans for a discipleship retreat on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.

This year’s leadership institute was held May 31-June 6 at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Those attending were Ohio Wesleyan students Laura Coonfield of Bristow, Va.; Paolamantina Grullón of Santiago, Dominican Republic; Kayla Mravec of Lakewood, Ohio; and Marianne Rapacz of Parma, Ohio. The students were accompanied by Associate Chaplain Kelly Adamson.

“The fact that so many students from so many schools had come to CMLI to achieve a similar goal—sharing their faith through campus ministry—was astonishing and inspiring,” Rapacz said. “It was also surprising to hear about the history of campus ministry and to realize how much support the Church gives to campus ministry efforts.”

Reflecting on the planning process for Ohio Wesleyan’s upcoming retreat, Coonfield said: “I am proud of what we accomplished and excited to see our vision played out. But this experience did more than help our group plan our retreat, it showed me how to form a vision, create activities to fulfill that vision, and communicate that vision to others.”

Ohio Wesleyan’s Catholic Discipleship Retreat will be held Oct. 14-17. The event will involve prayer services, group discussions, testimonial talks, dramatic representations of the lives of saints, and time for students to reflect on living as disciples of Christ, Adamson said.

Now in its 10th year, CMLI is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The institute is designed to produce dynamic leaders who work collaboratively to develop and implement successful Catholic Campus Ministry programs. Its programs are based on the U.S. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, Empowered by the Spirit.” Teams from 30 colleges and universities attended this year’s institute. Visit www.sju.edu/CMLI for more information.

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 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.