Vol. 3, Iss.

2 • June 2007 University Catholic Center

Longhorn Catholic
UCC, Paulist Fathers Celebrate Milestones in 2008

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 frbob@utcatholic.org Deacon John De La Garza, Jr. ext. 16, john@utcatholic.org Director of Development Amber Fogarty ext. 13, amber@utcatholic.org Business Administrator Deacon Tom Johnson ext. 11, tom@utcatholic.org Receptionist Beth Boren ext. 10, frontdesk@utcatholic.org Campus Ministry Intern Brandon Kraft ext. 17, kraft@utcatholic.org Phone: 512.476.7351

Celebrating 150 Years ~ 1858-2008

Paulist Fathers

UCC Celebrates 100 Years and the Paulist Fathers Commemorate 150 Years. 2008 is a BIG year for the University Catholic Center and the Catholic community at The University of Texas at Austin—we celebrate our 100th year of ministry! In 1908, the Paulist Fathers were invited by the Bishop of Galveston to minister to the Catholic students at UT and establish a center of missionary activity for the Southwest. In a letter to the Superior of the Paulist Fathers dated May 10, 1908, Bishop N.A. Gallagher wrote: “No class of Catholics needs or deserves all the zeal and enlightened interest which the Clergy can bestow more than those who in their youth are far from home, for the most part, and who will be our future leaders in professional life…” 100 years later, the Paulist Fathers continue to share their zeal with the Catholic community at UT. The UCC will celebrate another milestone in 2008—the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Paulist Fathers. The Paulist Fathers were founded by Father Isaac Thomas Hecker as the first religious congregation of Roman Catholic men established in the United States. To recognize these significant milestones in our history, we are kicking off a year-long celebration on Friday, January 25, 2008, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. Throughout 2008, we will host a number of other events throughout the state of Texas and at the University Catholic Center in Austin. We will wrap up our celebratory year with a 100th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 1, 2008. Help us spread the word about the festivities—these will be wonderful opportunities to reunite with friends from your years at UT and introduce others to a vital ministry for Catholic college students. 10,000 by 100—We Need Your HELP! We don’t want any of our alumni to miss the UCC’s anniversary festivities. Therefore, we’ve launched the 10,000 by 100 Campaign. Our goal is to increase the size of our database to 10,000 names before our 100th Anniversary in 2008. We need you! Help us reconnect with UT Catholic alumni and friends. Spread the word about the 10,000 by 100 Campaign. Send an email today with contact information for Longhorn Catholic alumni, parents, and friends to amelia@utcatholic.org, and they will be added to the UCC database. Also, if you’re interested in being part of a committee to plan the 100th Anniversary festivities, contact Fr. Dave Farnum, 512.476.7351 x14.

Summer Mass Schedule
Sunday Mass 10:30AM & 8PM Daily Mass Mon - Fri: 12:05PM

100th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration Friday, January 25, 2008 100th Anniversary Gala Saturday, November 1, 2008

Longhorn Catholic
A MESSAGE from the Director...
University communities around the world were stunned by the violence which took place at Virginia Tech on April 16. Longhorns were no longer strangers to murder on campus after a sniper climbed the tower on August 1, 1966. In a world of good and evil, I am convinced more than ever about the importance of Catholic campus ministry at secular universities. I share with you an article written by Jesuit Father William J. Byron published recently on BustedHalo.com, the Paulist Young Adult Ministry website. Virginia Tech. Why? Because there is no defense against malice in our world. But preparation is always possible. There is a preparation for anything in a person whose human will is aligned with the will of God. Preparation for any eventuality is the story of a human life lived in accord with the will of the Creator of that life. That’s why campus ministry is as important as the counseling center on a college campus. Certainly, psychological trauma requires immediate attention, but so does the stress on faith and the strain on spirituality. The answer to the question ‘Why does God allow evil to exist?’ is, at its core, a religious one. The job of dealing with that issue falls more directly on the shoulders of campus ministers, not the counseling centers. Moreover, the power of faith and religion to ready the human spirit to withstand any assault, physical or psychological, cannot be overestimated. That’s why the Church has to provide this ministry in campus settings that are not Catholic. BROKEN PLACES Liturgically—especially sacramentally—the believer must be helped to heal in the broken places. Near-campus parishes and on-campus ministry centers provide the space and facilitate the reflection that students need if they are to permit sacramental grace and the interpretative framework provided by the Christian Gospel to work the wonders they are capable of working. The physical attractiveness and proximity of Catholic ministry facilities to the students is important. The young must be drawn to them during their formative years so that they can reflect on the meaning of life, their purpose in life, and the laws of God within which the good life is to be lived. Without ministry, we will be permitting our young to sleepwalk, at their peril, through a world of good and evil. Preparation is always possible even where prevention fails.
In addition to being the author of numerous books,William J. Byron, S.J., was president of The Catholic University of America 1982-1992. He then went on to hold an appointment as the Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Ethics at Georgetown University (1992-2000). Prior assignments include service as president of the University of Scranton (1975-82), dean of arts and sciences at Loyola University of New Orleans (1973-75). He is currently the president of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia.

Fr. Dave Farnum, CSP

Preparation vs. Prevention

Reflections on Virginia Tech and the importance of campus ministry by William J. Byron, SJ

Ever since the Columbine high school massacre in 1999 and the Washington, DC Beltway sniper attacks of 2002, “lockdown” is a word that’s been lifted out of the penitentiary lexicon and dropped into student handbooks across the nation. When shots are heard, go immediately into a protective lockdown mode and await further instructions from authorities. But how do you lock down a sprawling campus? How do you make hundreds of campus buildings, replete with entrances and exits, safe from armed attackers or hidden bombs? Is there any defense against malice and, if there is, how can you tell if and when it’s coming? WONDERING WHY? It is malice, by the way, that was operative in the Beltway snipings, Columbine killings, and Virginia Tech massacre. There is evil in the world. Malice can find its way into the minds and hearts of persons young or old. Once there, malicious intent can release destructive force. Two high school students killed 12 of their peers and a teacher and wounded 24 at Columbine, before taking their own lives. One gunman killed 32 and then himself at Virginia Tech. The suicide at Virginia Tech ended the search for a perpetrator but shed no light on the motive. We are left to wonder why, as we ponder prevention possibilities on campuses everywhere. On what would have been an otherwise normal morning at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, a campus community of some 26,000 was neither ready nor able to prevent the largest massacre in the history of American education. But was the campus community unprepared? To ask the same question in another way, was any preparation possible? The campus community was not necessarily unprepared. Yes, preparation is indeed possible. In the Christian view of lifeafter-death, preparation for life-through-death is a definite possibility. Indeed it is a necessity for the successful completion of a Christian life. BE PREPARED Prevention—as opposed to preparation—neither is nor was possible at

University Catholic Center 

June 2007

Longhorn Catholic
Today was my first Holy Thursday! To be completely honest with you, I had no idea what to expect. I knew that it was going to be a part of the Triduum, but I had no clue the type of spiritual experience I was about to be a part of! When it came time to do the washing of the feet, I was literally blown away by its semblance. Jesus, the Son of God, washed His disciples’ feet! This gave me goose bumps, and I began to tremble. The Lord is going to wash MY feet? I wanted to shout out as Peter did, “Lord, I am not worthy.” Even though I had the option of participating or not, I decided to. The situation was so real to me! I felt as if I was in the upper room with Jesus, and He was explaining to me how important it was for Him to wash my feet. Now, I’ll admit, I was a little anxious because I really didn’t know what to do or how to do it. But it was the most amazing thing, because when it was my turn, it was as if Jesus himself were conducting the act. There was so much love involved with my feet getting washed and me washing the other person’s feet, that there was no awkwardness at all—what a miracle! This was my experience on Holy Thursday at the UCC, and it was absolutely life changing.
Zack Rodriguez is a Government and Marketing major at UT who recently completed the UCC’s RCIA Program.

A Reflection on Holy Thursday

UCC Welcomes Longhorns Across Texas
During April and May, the UCC hosted receptions throughout the State of Texas— Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Waco and Austin—to welcome incoming students and their families to the Catholic community at The University of Texas at Austin by introducing them to current students, Longhorn Catholic alumni, and parents. As our 100th anniversary approaches, we’re anxious to reconnect with Longhorn Catholics to share the good news of faith alive at the UCC! If you’re interested in hosting a future reception in your hometown, contact: Amber Fogarty, Director of Development, 512.476.7351 x13 or amber@utcatholic.org. Do you know a Catholic student coming to UT in August? Help us welcome them to the UCC; send us their contact information (name, address, phone number and email) and they’ll receive a personal letter from Fr. Dave about UCC and what it has to offer. Email information to: kraft@utcatholic.org

Stewardship Corner
Estate Gift Provides for Future UCC Endowment

...offering gifts of time, talent & treasure

BEVERLY GUIRARD 1915-2006
Beverly was born in St. Martinville, Louisiana, on December 10, 1915, the oldest of four girls. After graduating from high school in St. Martinville, Beverly received her B.S. in Chemistry in 1936 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana), her M.S. in Organic Chemistry in 1938 from Louisiana State University, and her Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin in 1945. Her lifelong work was as a research biochemist, focusing on the synthesis, metabolism, and function of the B6 vitamin group. Her professional career began in 1945 at UT in the laboratory of Esmond Snell. In 1956, she moved to the University of California at Berkeley, and then returned to UT in 1976, where she continued her research until her retirement in 1990. At UT, Beverly held appointments in three different departments: Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Bacteriology, which later became the Department of Microbiology. She was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Biological Chemists, The American Society for Microbiology, and Sigma Xi.

On January 17, 2006, the University Catholic Center community lost a treasured friend—Beverly Guirard went home to God at the age of 90.The UCC was Beverly’s second home after her retirement as a UT professor. She was considered the matriarch of our community—a grandmother figure to so many students. Her gifts of time and talent during her years of service touched us deeply. In particular, Beverly served as sacristan at daily Mass. Many a student were gently tapped on the shoulder by Beverly and asked to read the scripture or serve as Eucharistic Minister. Beverly coordinated the UCC Social Concerns committee work in direct service to the poor—this was her passion. She was very involved with the work of the Capital Area Food Bank and Church World Service CROP Walk. Beverly was also a longtime friend of many Paulist Fathers and was an active member of the Paulist Associates. Beverly was not only generous with her time and talent; her gift of treasure will provide for Catholic campus ministry at the UCC for years to come. Beverly left her estate valued at over $400,000 to the University Catholic Center with provisions for establishing an endowment to provide for the future of campus ministry at UT. Beverly’s legacy of service and generosity will live on for generations of future Catholic Longhorns. Please prayerfully consider including the University Catholic Center in your will and estate planning. No matter your age, it is an easy way to know that you’ll be making a future gift to the UCC.
If you’re interested in charitable giving opportunities, check with your tax professional or contact UCC Development Director, Amber Fogarty, at 512-476-7351 x13 or amber@utcatholic.org.

University Catholic Center 

June 2007

Longhorn Catholic
We may have graduated and left Austin seven years ago, but the UCC is always close to our hearts. My husband, Tim, and I graduated from UT in May 2000. Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and I graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work. During our years at UT, the UCC was a major foundation for our spiritual growth. It was our home away from home, and we felt welcome there from the moment we arrived. The Holy Spirit was always present there through the people we met. We both attended the Longhorn Awakening retreat (Tim on #21 and I on #23). We staffed numerous retreats after that, including leading and speaking at some of those retreats. We were involved in several other UCC groups as well—Carbos for Christ, Finance Committee, Hospitality Committee, etc.—but what really kept us coming back to the UCC was the powerful faith life it brought us. Tim and I actually met our freshman year at a Spaghetti Dinner and Dance hosted by the UCC. We continued to date throughout college, and in March 2000, Tim proposed. Since the UCC had been such a big part of our relationship, we asked Father Dave to marry us. The UCC was there for us in good and bad times. We went there to pray when we needed God’s guidance and also when we wanted to thank God for his many blessings. We made many friends there, but most of all, the UCC brought us closer to God. Since leaving Austin, we have moved to the Dallas area. Tim currently works for Southwest Airlines as a computer developer. I am enjoying the hardest and most fun job in the world, “Mommy.” We have a 2-year-old son, Matthew, who loves Texas already. He loves singing the Texas Fight song and carrying his 3 stuffed Bevos to bed with him at night.

Alumni Spotlight Tim & Jackie Wood Class of 2000

Farewell from the Class of 2007
Collegiate life comes with many blessings…long nights staring at tiny computer screens, frequent “study” breaks, the opportunity to sleep on unfamiliar couches, and the exciting search for parking spaces on campus. Luckily for us, the graduating class of 2007, we found a caring, nurturing, and comfy couch-laden home away from home at the University Catholic Center. I’ll never forget coming to freshman orientation and finding out that the UCC was so close to campus.“I’m not going to have to get up an hour early for church anymore,” I thought gleefully. But the UCC has given us more than beautiful spirit-filled Masses that are accommodating of our delicate sleep schedule—it has given us a sense of

community and mission that we will carry with us into this new chapter of our lives. Many of us have become leaders through our experiences as staff of the Longhorn Awakening retreat. Others have enjoyed the company of our beautiful brothers and sisters in Christ through the Lambda Omega Alpha fraternity and the Mu Epsilon Theta sorority and our praise and worship groups. Many of us have learned humility and gratitude through countless hours of volunteering to put on retreats for students, teach others about the faith, and serve those who are less fortunate than ourselves. And, we all have an inventory of fun times shared at the UCC—whether they were spent mingling with staff, eating our staple Hoa Hoa food, or enjoying homebaked goodies! There are a lot of things we won’t soon forget about the UCC. The beautiful Palm Sunday procession Mass,the wonderful music, the numerous opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration, and of course Father Dave’s Catholic knickknacks and Father Ed’s matrix performance at the 2006 Date Auction. I feel that the most wonderful gift the UCC has given is that of creating an environment that fosters Christian community. As we go

forth into jobs, further studies, volunteering, or whatever lies ahead, we go with a strong sense of membership in the Body of Christ. As we continue our involvement and volunteering with the Church, we will further share this light of Christ that has been rekindled during our time here at the UCC. We thank the staff for providing us with a place of peace and calm and caring. And we encourage our brothers and sisters who remain, to continue rekindling the light of friendship, kindness, compassion, and service to others. As for us graduating seniors, well, we have a few more things to accomplish, because what starts here at the UCC is changing the world.
Maria is a 2007 Plan II Honors graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. She served as the president of Catholic Longhorns for Life, a pro-life organization at the University Catholic Center. She also served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, volunteer at the Austin State School, and staff member for the Longhorn Awakening retreat. After completing a position as a legislative intern for the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops during the spring semester, Maria was asked to join the organization fulltime upon graduation. We are very proud to announce that Maria will be receiving the Lumen Gentium award, recognizing her as an outstanding lay Catholic, from the Diocese of Austin in June!

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June 2007

Longhorn Catholic UCC ARTEAGA MISSIONARY † JENNIFER SVETLIK
El corazón se queda en México para siempre.
At first I thought they were poor. The more time I spend with the people of Arteaga, however, my own poverty, not material but relational and spiritual, becomes evident. In these lessdefined goods, the people of rural Mexico are abundantly wealthy and lavish their wealth upon others. Things are simpler there. People delight in good food with the people they love. I feel more real, more alive when I am among these people. Although they cling tight to their God and to one another, they don’t cling to possessions. Mi casa es su casa is no quaint maxim, but a way of life whenever they show hospitality to others—even a group of 30 energetic UCC students whom they have never met. The Mexico that I have become intimately acquainted with through the Spring Break mission trips over the past few years is not that of Cancun and cheap tequila but of mountains that display a unique array of pinks and greens and tumbling clouds. Dust, el color de sangre, blows from the dirt road to the glistening dark hair of children peering from their cinderblock homes. The fierce wind adds years to their faces. There is laughter in their music and melodies in their speech. They have smiles in their eyes and joy in their steps, even in the haggard steps of old abuelita. Injustices are evident. Through the van windows on the way to our mission work, we see spacious vacation homes and swimming pools mere miles from the ranchos we visit, some without water and electricity. Our new friends live like this and although it is unfair, they accept it. Their rough and calloused hands are a testament to their hard work. They persevere in hope, regardless of circumstance. The physical labor we give to the church and schools and the time that we spend with the children, sharing our faith, is little to offer, but they accept it graciously and then share with us so much more than we could ever hope to give them. For many months the smell of warm tortillas or the sight of Latino children playing in Zilker Park will flood my mind with memories of our Spring Break mission trip. I pray that the lessons taught to me by the people of Arteaga, the most beautiful people in the world, will never escape me. Mi corazón se queda en México para siempre. Jenn Svetlik is a Plan II Honors and Latin American Studies major at UT and she coordinates the UCC Social Justice Team.

“I pray that the lessons taught to me by the people of Arteaga—the most beautiful people in the world—will never escape me.”

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