“Sometimes the Kingdom of God creates spaces you would have never imagined,” said Greg Richards, director of College Missions.
“But Jesus would not have seen these places as weird,” said Richards. College Missions is working to fulfill the model of Jesus of being present in the world. As college missioners, Richards said the primary task is to share life with the college students. This is done through various campus programs, healthy and growing across San Antonio.
More than 30 students are now attending the program at UTSA thanks in large part to the energetic leadership of college missioner Robert Cellis. Also at Incarnate Word and St. Mary’s, the programs continue to expand. “This year has been significant,” said Richards. This year was the first College Missions mission trip to the Dominican Republic, the first fellowship trip to Duncan Park in Colorado, and the first college retreat at Camp Capers.
A retreat was also held for rising seniors in high school and rising college freshmen, Portal13. This will again be offered in 2014, and other dioceses are wanting to replicate the program.
College students in the programs continue to visit Cliff Maus Village in Corpus Christi, a low-income housing complex, for a once-a-semester service project. This was begun by missioner Allie Melancon, and the college students go to interact and love on the children and families, leading them in spiritual exercises, as well.
Many more activities and programs make up the work of College Missions. Knowing the work is needed more than just in San Antonio, Richards said, “Our plans are extending – we know we are needed in other places.”
Through the Elisha Leadership Initiative, the first class of interns are “a crucial part of our work in San Antonio,” said Richards. This program is helping to raise efficient young leaders, capable of leading college ministry in the future.
“When I think about trying to communicate all of our work, I get sort of sad,” said Richards. “I am sad because there is so much I can’t share – the late-night conversations, the laughing, the crying, the hope, all the wonderful stuff that happens with our young people.”
To stay up-to-date with the work of College Missions and the teachings that take place on the campuses visit Vital University Mission.