SMC club inspires Catholic dialogue

first_imgFour Saint Mary’s students introduced a new club last semester, called Christ Lights. Junior club president Sofia Piecuch said she started the club with fellow juniors Clare Lambert, vice president, Olivia Beck, treasurer, and Brianna Noll, secretary, with hopes to strengthen her Catholic faith during her time as an undergraduate.“The idea for the club originated when I found myself wanting to go much deeper into my faith and strengthen my Catholic identity,” Piecuch said, “Quite often, I would turn to Notre Dame to find spaces to cultivate my faith, as they have a plethora of extremely wonderful clubs and worship groups to choose from. I quickly found my niche, [but] wished that Saint Mary’s could offer similar student groups.”Piecuch said she found that other students shared her desire to learn more about Catholicism and share their personal faith struggles with one another.“I think college is a critical time in a person’s life; your parents aren’t there to make you go to mass so it is easy to let that slide and neglect things,” Lambert said. “It is also a good opportunity to grow in your faith, and I think that’s really important.”Noll said starting Christ Lights was a good opportunity to meet with other Catholics on campus to share in their faiths and help each other better understand the teachings and beliefs within Catholicism.Piecuch defined Christ Lights as a student-run Catholic initiative, which seeks to bring students together in community and fellowship as well as help students grow in their understanding of faith. Piecuch said the patron saint of Christ Lights is Blessed Chiara Luce Badano.“Christ Lights is a place to ask questions, to pray, as well as seek emotional and spiritual support over a cup of coffee,” Piecuch said.  “We also wish to respond to Pope Francis’ call to all Catholics to evangelize by providing resources to train Catholics to be loving explainers and defenders of the faith.”Christ Lights hopes to both host faith-building events at Saint Mary’s as well as go on trips to Catholic conferences, Piecuch said.“Our two long-term goals are to host a retreat in the fall with the theme of ‘Catholic Apologetics,’ as well as to apply for a grant to fund travel and registration for the Catholic Answers National Apologetics Conference in San Diego in September,” Piecuch said.Piecuch said Christ Lights is open to students from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross.“I wanted to start something that could also be attractive to Notre Dame and Holy Cross student, encouraging them to visit our campus and thus foster greater tri-campus friendship,” Piecuch said. “We seek to take this knowledge [of our faith] and put it into action in order to unify our tri-university community with respect and love.”Piecuch said Christ Lights plans to hold weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Dalloways Clubhouse at Saint Mary’s. Between discussion weeks, Piecuch said the club hopes to host speakers who will talk about subjects pertaining to being Catholic in a modern world.“Every other week, the meeting will serve as a faith sharing group in which people can raise questions they have about the Catholic faith, share situations where their beliefs were challenged, ask for prayer intentions, and so on,” Piecuch said. “Turning to resources, such as the catechism of the Catholic Church, we will seek to collectively find answers and support one another.”Christ Lights will be hosting a snowman building contest on Wednesday, February 4th, open to all members of the tri-campus community.Tags: Brianna Noll, Catholic faith club, Christ Lights, Clare Lambert, new club at Saint Mary’s to focus on Catholicism, Olivia Beck, Sofia Piecuchlast_img read more

WV COVID cases seen to hit 400 mark before weekend

first_imgPeople can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. * 26-year-old female from Passi City, Iloilo (Patient No. 393) Coronavirus disease 2019 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Here’s the breakdown of the 395 cases – Aklan, six; Antique, 15; Capiz, six; Guimaras, zero; Iloilo province, 41; Negros Occidental, five; Bacolod City, 11; Iloilo City, 36; and repatriates, 275. * 55-year-old male from Alimodian, Iloilo (Patient No. 391) What is COVID-19? Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, according to the World Health Organization. Patients 391, 392 and 393 were repatriated overseas workers while Patient 395 was a locally stranded individual. What are the symptoms? ILOILO City – Western Visayas recorded six new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), pushing to 395 the total cases in the region yesterday. How does COVID-19 spread? Of the region’s 395 cases, 152 already recovered while 11 died, leaving Western Visayas with 232 active cases as of yesterday. * 32-year-old female from San Joaquin, Iloilo (Patient No. 390) * 34-year-old male from Calinog, Iloilo (Patient No. 392) These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth./PN The other case, a 74-year-old female, was from Iloilo City (Patient No. 394). * 26-year-old female from Janiuay, Iloilo (Patient No. 395) Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Five of the new cases were from Iloilo province, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6. These were the following:last_img read more

Weah Promises Steps to Improve Youth Education

first_imgAt the ECOWAS human rights day celebration high table, President-elect Weah, seated next to Pres. Sirleaf gave his speech.President-elect George Weah has committed to taking steps in education to develop the minds of the youth.Weah spoke yesterday in Monrovia at the ECOWAS Human Rights Day celebrated under the theme, “Promoting rights to education towards the ECOWAS Vision 2020.”He said the rebuilding of Liberia’s education sector after 14 years of civil war will continue to be a serious challenge to successive governments of Liberia.“The war did not only destroy our educational infrastructures but also changed our attitude towards education and created a huge demand for qualified teachers and professors for schools, vocational institutions, and universities. We hope that…our partners in ECOWAS and the international community will give us their support,” Weah said.Contrary to his earlier stated position that ‘education cannot build the nation and cannot put food on the table,’ Weah said, “Education is important because it gives knowledge…and it also develops in humans a perspective of looking at life and points of view in life.”He said he strongly believes that the denial of an individual’s access to education “is a human rights violation because the inability of any child to get an education because of the lack of school, sub-standard school, or high cost of schooling constitutes a denial of that child’s right to education.”Weah said the vast majority of Liberian youth cannot find employment because of the lack of skills, and the many few who have skills are not experts in their areas of discipline.“We need more and better-trained teachers not only for our vocational institutions but for our schools and universities. The 14 years of civil war made it impossible for most of our children in the early 1990s to attend school as all educational institutions were destroyed,” he said.Weah indicated that vocational institutions are the best way forward to enable young adults to enter the job market as most of them have already assumed family responsibilities.He said the vast majority of learning institutions in Liberia lack science labs, libraries and textbooks, which are all crucial to the learning process.“I’m sure that with collective efforts we can together achieve the 2020 goal of ECOWAS in promoting education as a human right obligation of all West African governments to our children,” he said.Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her keynote address said out of the many broad areas of pain that human rights are concerned with, it is important that the theme of this year’s celebration ‘…to the attainment of ECOWAS Vision 2020’ could not have been chosen at a better time.She said ECOWAS set aside January 16 to be celebrated each year as ‘ECOWAS Human Rights Day’ in order to promote human rights and inclusive governance with regard to women and the youth.President Sirleaf said it is obvious that if “we must promote human rights and achieve inclusive governance with a focus on women and youth then the education of women and youth including children remain indispensable.”She said young people are the future leaders of Africa and they will be the driving force behind sustainable growth across the continent, therefore investing in education and training is significant in building an educated and skilled workforce and as a means of encouraging innovation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more