Our theme for Campus Ministry has been the Cabrinian theme of Shoulder to Shoulder during this academic year.
After being apart for so long, the Campus Ministry team felt it was right to have a theme that spoke of our return to being back in person, back to campus with each other through our Cabrinian Charism.
In preparation for next year, we invited the Cabrini community to vote on our theme. The most voted-for theme was the Cabrinian Theme of "Learning to Love."
The person who became Mother Cabrini did not arrive out of thin air. She was nurtured by a loving family and a closely-knit local religious community.
We recognize that the cultural and religious context that informed Francis Cabrini was different from ours, but there are some commonalities.
For example, the experience of being part of such a family that expressed love and concern for each other. A family that encouraged its young people to reach out in practical ways to the needs of others locally.
As we continue to navigate these challenging times, shoulder to shoulder with each other, we are called to our next step. It's not enough to be present with one another; we must love one another.
As a Cabrinian community, educators are tasked with accompanying our young people, and our young people are called to find their meaning of where God is calling them to be. Our young people are in a similar search to where Mother Cabrini was before she became mother Cabrini. We must continue to support them, to nurture them in a community that expresses love and concern for each other. A family that encourages young people to reach out in practical ways. This is how we take our next steps and start "Learning to Love."