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2 • September 2006 University Catholic Center

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A Heavenly Partnership Between UT & Notre Dame

Ministry Team
Director Fr. Dave Farnum, CSP ext. 14, frdave@utcatholic.org Associate Directors Fr. Ed Koharchik, CSP ext. 12, edcsp@utcatholic.org Michelle Goodwin ext. 18, michelle@utcatholic.org Pastoral Staff Fr. Bob Scott, CSP bscott@staustin.org Deacon John De La Garza, Jr. john@utcatholic.org Director of Development Amber Fogarty ext. 20, amber@utcatholic.org Business Administrator Tom Johnson ext. 11, tom@utcatholic.org Receptionist Beth Boren ext. 10, frontdesk@utcatholic.org Administrative Assistant Brandon Kraft kraft@utcatholic.org Phone: 512.476.7351

In late June, 43 students from around the United States met in Bapchule, Arizona, a small town within the Gila River Indian Community for Camp Bapchule. This “camp,” a week-long 7-hour a day Vacation Bible School (VBS) for grades Pre-K - sixth and a week-long 24-hour a day retreat for junior high and high school students, exists because of a unique partnership between the University Catholic Center and the University of Notre Dame. The youth—all Native Americans from the Akimel O’odham tribe, known as the Pimas—face constant hardships and the increasing threat of gang violence and recruitment, abusive family situations, a growing Satanic movement and more. But, for one week each summer, they are able to celebrate their Catholic faith with college men and women from UT, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Gonzaga, Creighton, Arizona State, and others. Drew Lee, who recently converted to Catholicism through the UCC’s RCIA program, attended Camp Bapchule for the first time this summer. Drew felt the contribution he was making in the lives of the youth. “After hearing how hard everything is for them, I didn’t know how well I’d be able to connect,” he said, “but with a little love and attention from us, they really came alive.” The youth on the Native American reservation are not the only ones who benefit. The students who attended left Arizona with an experience they would never forget. Dan Tapetillo, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, who first attended Camp Bapchule in 2005, served again this summer as the “Director of Fun.” He was in charge of the physical education component of the VBS and the evening staff softball games. Dan says he now feels a great connection to the kids, adding “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into the first year I went. It sounded cool enough to go, but after interacting with the kids, I couldn’t stay away. I’m committed to keep trying to let these young people know that they’re loved, not only by God, but by us.” The concept for Camp Bapchule first started as a mission

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Sunday Mass 9AM 11:30AM, 5PM & 8PM Daily Mass Mon, Wed, Fri: 12:05PM Tues, Thurs: 12:30PM

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trip for a parish in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The parish decided to end their involvement with the youth of that area, so Vanessa Gonzalez, now an alumna of Notre Dame, and Brandon Kraft, a student at UT, decided to create a similar experience for college students to the same community in 2005. “Fr. Dave’s response was amazing,” Brandon said. “I walked into his office and pitched the idea of the UCC taking a leading role in continuing this incredible outreach opportunity. With no hesitation, he said we should run with it. The VBS program would not have continued if not for the UCC and its unique partnership with Notre Dame. Fr. Dave even traveled to Arizona in 2005 and 2006 to join us. Fr. Ed also went with us in 2006 and already has his calendar clear for 2007.” Many UCC students feel blessed to be involved with this exciting program. Brandon concluded, “From our experience with the youth to their parents crying tears of joy over what we’ve been able to do, I know the difference we’re making in the lives of these youth. It has changed my life. I’m overjoyed that my fellow Longhorns are able to have the same experience and will for years to come.” If you are interested in supporting future Camp Bapchules, or any other mission opportunities the UCC offers, contact Amber Fogarty, 512.476.7351 x20 or amber@utcatholic.org. September 2006

From scarcity—to abundance
This was the theme of the recent University Catholic Center staff retreat. Our entire staff gathered at Cedarbrake—the Diocese of Austin retreat and renewal center—to introduce new staff to veterans, form a common vision for the next school year, and plan, plan, plan. The very presence of nine staff members speaks volumes for the abundance of gifts in service to the Catholic students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas. The abundance principle is simple. If you go about the Lord’s work with passion and persistence, then God will provide the resources required for that holy work. In pursuing Jesus’ mission, there is no room for stinginess and scarcity. Look what Jesus did with a few jars of water at the wedding feast at Cana, or with a few loaves and fishes in the midst of 5,000 hungry people. The UCC campus ministry program offers a real and relevant faith experience to a young adult population immersed in a highly secular academic environment. How can one approach this with scarcity thinking? God’s love for us is too big for that. As students of the UT class of 2010 arrive on campus, they will be welcomed to their new spiritual home-away-from-home: a place where they will learn the fundamentals of their faith; a place where they will make lifelong friends; a place where they will be welcomed with the grace and peace of Christ; a place where they will truly experience Christ’s love in abundance—the University Catholic Center.

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Welcome Week
Welcome, welcome, welcome! The fall semester officially got underway on August 28th, and the University Catholic Center is buzzing with activity. Our annual Welcome Week festivities and our Welcome Retreat were very successful, and we would like to thank all who made these events possible, especially our student leaders and benefactors. We are so thankful for all the gifts God has bestowed on the UCC!

Longhorn Awakening

Longhorn Awakening #41 will take place October 1315, 2006! Please keep the retreatants and staff in your prayers. Are you a Longhorn Awakening alumni? Send Fr. Dave an email at frdave@utcatholic.org to share your LA memories. We’ll publish some of these in future editions of the Longhorn Catholic!

Stewardship Corner
Greetings from the University Catholic Center! It is with great joy that I update you on the UCC’s fund development and alumni relations efforts. I was hired in mid-April to build relationships with UCC alumni, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as others who are passionate about the Catholic Center and its mission. My primary responsibility is to generate support of time, talent, and treasure so that the UCC’s ministry will thrive and grow in the years to come. Ultimately, the UCC staff and I hope to build a culture of philanthropy—an understanding of stewardship as a way of life. Frederick Buechner once said that vocation is “the place where our deep gladness meets the needs of the world.” I embrace this idea and feel blessed to be called to such an awesome vocation. The University Catholic Center has been, and continues to be, a light

At the UCC, we are thankful for all of the generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure we receive. Here are a few highlights of our recent successes:

...offering gifts of time, talent & treasure
on The University of Texas campus. While the UT tower emanates with burnt orange Longhorn pride, the University Catholic Center shines with the light of Christ. The goal of our development efforts is to allow the UCC to continue and expand this ministry with a special focus on providing opportunities for Catholic UT students to strengthen their faith, develop their gifts, and grow into passionate, faithful Catholic leaders. The UCC complements and integrates the outstanding secular university education with a deeper appreciation of Catholicism. As you can see, it’s an exciting time at the University Catholic Center. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for this ministry. Surely, the best is yet to come! —Amber Fogarty UCC Director of Development

Amount of the grant the UCC received from the Scanlan Foundation as seed money for its development program.

Amount of a planned gift that now allows the UCC to establish its first-ever endowment.

Number of Living Faith Society Members (an EFT giving program that allows UCC benefactors to support the ministry) for a total of more than $6,500 each month.

Percentage of goal achieved in the Diocesan capital campaign (Our Faith ~ Our Legacy). $144,000 will return to UCC during the next 5 years.

Amount of the overall Our Faith ~ Our Legacy campaign goal that will return to the UCC in the form of matching funds, beginning in 2011.

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Student Leader Retreat
Twenty-two UCC student leaders gathered for a three-day retreat entitled “Windows on Leadership,” August 21-23, at Cedarbrake Renewal Center. At the UCC, we believe it is our responsibility to prepare Catholic leaders for bright futures in the Church and in the community. Thus, we are providing opportunities for our student leaders to discern their vocation, while preparing them for the challenges they will inevitably face as they strive to live morally, ethically, and faithfully. The retreat was designed to provide students with a “Window on Leadership” through which to see themselves and others. We, who are called by Baptism to serve others, offer our gifts for the common good. This retreat was a time to develop skills, to grow closer in friendship, and to view the gifts of leadership through the windowpane of faith. The retreat offered sessions to help students sharpen their skills in communication, conflict resolution, and recruiting and retention of members. Students were invited to see themselves as servant leaders who are asked not just to focus on the needs of their particular group, but to broaden their vision to consider the needs of the larger community. This is the essence of being a leader who serves and a servant who leads. The leadership retreat sets the tone for the academic year and is the first step among many that help the UCC students become today’s leaders for tomorrow’s Church.

UCC Exes
Attention UT Alumni In 2008, the University Catholic Center will celebrate 100 years of Paulist ministry at UT. We don’t want any of our alumni to miss this awesome event! To make sure we’re able to have a fantastic 100th Anniversary Celebration, we’re launching the 10,000 by 100 Campaign. Our goal is to double the size of our database, bringing us to 10,000 names before our 100th Anniversary. But, we need your help! Help us reconnect with UT Catholic Alumni and Friends today. Spread the word about the 10,000 by 100 Campaign. Send an email TODAY with your complete contact information to amber@ utcatholic.org to be added to the database. UT /A&M Form Partnership Unthinkable! But, your eyes won’t be deceiving you this November 24 when the Catholic Centers from the rival schools will join as one in the celebration of the Eucharist. Join us two hours before game time* for a Mass at the University Catholic Center, followed by a reception for Longhorns and Aggies! Burnt orange and maroon will unite for pre-game festivities and fellowship. This is a Mass you don’t want to miss! *Game time is currently scheduled for 11AM, so the Mass will take place at 9AM. If the game time changes, the Mass will be held two hours prior to kickoff.

Lambda Omega Alpha & Mu Epsilon Theta

One of college’s stereotypical realities—fraternities and sororities —is a reality at the UCC. Three young women in 1987 and five young men in 1990 decided to found, respectively, a sorority and a fraternity based on Catholic devotion to God, fellowship amongst members, and outreach to the community. Both organizations are now thriving, and have even grown to have chapters at Texas State University in San Marcos. Since the spring of 2003, the Lambdas have had a dinner every semester with Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin, and the Mu Eps have previously hosted a Passover Dinner for the UCC community, as well as various other social and spiritual events. The men and women in these organizations are constantly involved in other activities at the UCC and are a stable presence in the Catholic life of UT. For more information, email: Bryan Sakowski, president@lambdaomegaalpha.com Dona Suing, president@muepsilontheta.com University Catholic Center 

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Longhorn Catholic NEW FACES † THE UCC STAFF
Back row (L-R): Amelia Perry, Fr. Dave Farnum, C.S.P., Fr. Ed Koharchik, C.S.P., Deacon John de la Garza, Deacon Tom Johnson; Middle row (L-R): Amber Fogarty, Michelle Goodwin, Beth Boren. Front: Brandon Kraft

Brandon Kraft Administrative Assistant Brandon is currently a Sociology major entering his (hopefully) final year at UT. He’s been very active at the UCC the past few years: Longhorn Awakenings, Lambda Omega Alpha President, Bapchule, Arizona Director (2 years). Brandon loves checking up on any and all new technology, and eats trail mix with abandon. Amelia Perry Development Assistant Amelia is a History major who plans to graduate next spring. She has been active in Mu Epsilon Theta, Longhorn Awakening, and the Bapchule, Arizona mission trip (and currently holds the record for being the only person to sustain injuries there). Amelia also makes the cute and informative stick figure signs for the atrium. Rob Johnson Facilities Assistant Rob plans to graduate in the spring of 2008 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. A native Austinite, he has been active at the UCC in various organizations including: Longhorn Awakening, STRONG, and Compass. Rob loves camping, backpacking, and computers— basically, he wouldn’t turn down a hand-held GPS if you wanted to give him one.

Michelle Goodwin / Associate Director Michelle Goodwin returns to the UCC! From 1998-2003, Michelle was associate director of campus ministry at the UCC. Michelle has been serving in campus ministry for 17 years, with the last three as campus minister at the University of Oklahoma (OU). She is from a military family which has enabled her to travel extensively; her family now resides in Oklahoma. She received her B.A. in Education from OU and her M.Ed. in Religious Education from Boston College. She is thrilled to come home to the UCC. Amber Fogarty / Director of Development In April, we welcomed Amber Fogarty to the UCC staff as Director of Development. She has a B.A. in Communication, an MBA from St. Edward’s University, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. When she’s not visiting with UCC alumni, parents, and friends (or writing papers for graduate school), she’s spending time with her husband, Martin, enjoying newlywed life. Deacon Tom Johnson / Business Administrator Tom Johnson joined the staff in March as the Business Administrator. With more than 20 years of professional experience in management and finance combined with his pastoral skills as an ordained Deacon, he is a wonderful asset to the UCC. Tom and his wife, Susan, have 2 children and are active parishioners at St. Thomas More, Austin.

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When I came to UT, my family lived overseas. The UCC welcomed me and became my family during
my college years. To this day, I’m thankful for its loving, supportive community and the role this ministry continues to play in the lives of UT students.
Rachel graduated from UT in 1996 with a BA in Art History and a Business minor. She was a member of Mu Epsilon Theta and was very involved with Longhorn Awakenings, as its Coordinator her last semester. She now lives in Houston with her husband and son and is an attorney with Locke Liddell and Sapp.

—Rachel (Reiland) Stinson Class of 1996

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