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Newman Club offers a ‘Catholic campus community’ to Adelphi students
Having both graduated from Catholic high schools, Carly Butler and Dan Haslbauer had really wanted to go to a Catholic college. Various circumstances, however, led them both to Adelphi University in Garden City — where they not only found each other, but also a vibrant Catholic campus ministry and Newman Club.
Dan, who graduated from Chaminade High School in Mineola in 2011, recalls being “upset that I wasn’t going to a Catholic college.” When he came to Adelphi, someone had told him to join the Newman Club. He did, and found it “in some ways better” than a Catholic college.
“Everyone in the Newman Club is there because they want to be there,” he explained. “They’re much more on fire with the faith.”
Carly, a 2012 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, had her “heart set” on going to Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ohio.
“I was in love with that school,” she said, but “God obviously had different plans for me.” Now, having found the very active campus ministry at Adelphi, she feels that, for her, “staying home was definitely better.
“I knew about Adelphi, I had friends who were active Catholics who went to Adelphi,” and she had heard great things about the Newman Club and the Catholic campus chaplain, Father Lachlan Cameron (now studying in Rome), she said. So when she came to Adelphi, she immediately joined the Newman Club.
“I had that Franciscan longing for the Catholic campus community,” where her faith would be constantly reaffirmed, she said. Now, thanks to the Newman Club, she feels she’s having “that Franciscan experience here at Adelphi.”
The Newman Club also has provided them with a vital support as they adjusted to a vastly different atmosphere.
Living faith openly
At Chaminade, Dan noted, the Catholic faith was front and center, with regular Mass, adoration and numerous other opportunities for students to learn about and practice their faith.
When he came to Adelphi, he experienced some culture shock — not only in the diversity of beliefs that are natural to a secular campus, but in the misperceptions and, in some cases, outright hostility he experienced from some students toward the Catholic Church. At first, he “just tried to be normal,” to fit in; he “didn’t mention” his Catholic beliefs.
“It’s not always easy to talk about faith,” Carly said, especially as “‘Catholic’ has this ‘weird’ connotation” to people who “haven’t been exposed” to the Catholic faith. As a result, she, too, “was always nervous about living my faith” openly.
With the support of the Newman Club, however, they have found the strength to be more open about their faith, and to turn the diversity of their campus into an opportunity to help others understand more about Catholicism. And “at the same time, it’s very eye-opening to be exposed to different people, different experiences” on a secular campus, Carly says.
“I don’t judge others’ beliefs,” Dan says, but “I strive to be open about my faith.” He is no longer intimidated by those who express hostility to his beliefs.
“I’m open, Carly is, we’re open together” in living and expressing their Catholic beliefs, he says.
This year, they have taken leadership roles — Dan as president, Carly as secretary — in the Newman Club that has been so vital to their faith lives, their personal relationship and their college experience at Adelphi.
“I love all the people in Newman Club,” Carly says. “They’re like my second family.”
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A message of Hope
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” These words of hope articulate Blessed Teresa’s mission when she was called by Jesus to “serve the poorest of the poor and live among them and like them” in the slums of Calcutta, India. For her, it was more than just giving them food to eat and clothing to wear. It was about making her fellow sisters and brothers feel loved, no matter how appalling they may have appeared or in what squalor they lived. She spread a message of hope that they, too, are children of God.
Committed to God by her vows of poverty, she lived like the poor she served — she dressed like them, slept like them and, yes, even ate what they ate.
I ponder sometimes what the world would be like if every one of us took her simple message to heart and worked to let everyone we encounter feel happier. In our world, we measure achievement in material ways. How much we make, how much we have and how much we know are what seems to matter most. How much we love does not often rank as highly. But even here, thousands of miles from the slums in which she worked, Mother Teresa’s simple life and example give us hope. If she can do it, so might we.
In reading about the Indian people and environment she adopted as her own, I became surprisingly intrigued by the customs and culture of the region. I happened upon a recipe for a humble, but very tasty, food commonly sold by vendors in the streets of Calcutta (now Kolkata). The kathi roll (or kati roll), which originated there, is made up of multiple fillings rolled up in various Indian flatbreads. I cannot be sure Mother Teresa ever sampled one, but I imagine she might have, given its popularity in that region. They are simple, but wonderfully delicious. After some experimenting in the kitchen, here is a version of a chicken kathi roll with green cilantro chutney. I can affirm that if you make a bunch of these to share with family or friends, they will leave happier.
Michelle DiFranco is a designer and the busy mom of two children.
Chicken kathi rolls
2 pounds boneless chicken breast cut in small pieces
3 cloves minced garlic
1 large red onion, sliced thin
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 tablespoonextra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
salt and pepper to taste
4 eggs, beaten
6 store-bought parathas or chapati bread (8-inch flour tortillas can be substituted if you’re not near an Indian market)
Large bunch of fresh cilantro (washed and stems removed)
3 green chilies, seeded
1-inch piece fresh ginger (roughly chopped)
1 teaspooncumin seeds
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
Begin by making the green chutney. Blend all of the above ingredients in a food processor or blender into a thick sauce-like consistency. This can be done the night before and stored in an airtight container.
In a large zipper/freezer bag, combine chicken, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and dry spices. Seal bag and give it a few shakes until the chicken is completely coated. Set aside (this also can be done ahead of time and refrigerated).
In a large non-stick frying pan, heat butter, add onions and cook on medium to high heat for 5 minutes or until they start to look transparent. Add marinated chicken pieces and cook for 8-10 minutes or until juices run clear (occasionally stirring). Add salt and pepper to taste and turn heat down to a simmer.
In another nonstick skillet, heat Indian flat bread on high for 1-2 minutes. Before flipping, spread one tablespoon of beaten egg over the bread. It’s OK if some of the egg runs off. Carefully flip and cook for another minute. Place the heated flatbread egg side up and add the chicken filling and tomatoes. Drizzle with a tablespoon of green chutney. Roll it up and enjoy!
How do we have hope?
Last month, I wrote about the gift of faith: faith to believe that Christ died for you. Yes, you. Christ died for each of us – not for billions, but for each one of us in particular. You and I have no power to save ourselves for eternal life. Only God, in Christ, in His infinite mercy, can do that for us. When you decide to believe this truth and put your will behind it, then hope begins to spring up in your spirit and in your heart and mind. If God is who He says He is, if He has made a way for me to eventually dwell with Him forever in eternal happiness, then my hope is based on a solid foundation.
So often when we use the word hope, it is really a substitute for wishful thinking. “I hope the weather will be good tomorrow”; “I hope so and so will come to my graduation party”; “I hope I can overcome this illness”; “I hope I get this job.” We are wishing that good things will happen, but we cannot guarantee that they will — we don’t have the power to make it so.
But when we talk about Christian hope, it is something very different. Christian hope stands on the promises of Jesus Christ, as stated for us in the Scriptures. He who is the source of all Truth will not lie to us. We call it hope because we have not seen the fulfillment of God’s promises. But it is not wishful thinking; it is fact: God became man, suffered and died for me that I might not die forever. The eternal penalty for my sins was canceled by Christ’s death on the cross. As long as I personally repent, my sins will be forgiven.
Through baptism, I have been joined to God’s family. I am a son or daughter of the living God. That’s not just a pious saying; that is reality because of God’s love and mercy. I do not have to labor under hopelessness, discouragement, depression. I am genuinely a child of God; cared for by a Father who wants only the best for me.
He has given me His Spirit as the first pledge of my inheritance. Think of it, the Spirit who is the love between the Father and the Son, is given to weak, sinful me, to guide me into eternal union with the source of all love. The Spirit is the first pledge. Infinitely more will be mine when I receive the crown of life from Him. This is truth — not fairy tales; not pious reflections, but truth. On what will you put your hope: the stock market, titles, positions, honors, bank accounts, friendships? God can and does allow us to have many gifts in this life, but that is not where the foundation of our faith and hope should reside. All the things we strive for will end; only God and His promises will prove true for all eternity. On what will you put your hope?
Scripture assures us: Hope, based on Christ and His promises, will not disappoint. This is what God won for you in Christ. (See Romans 5:5) This is our hope.
Sister Ann Shields is a renowned author and a member of the Servants of God’s Love. Questions can be addressed to Sister Ann Shields, Renewal Ministries, 230 Collingwood, Suite 240, Ann Arbor, MI 48103