The Brotherhood of Hope

Today BCI thought we would take a short break from the recent archdiocesan scandals and recognize something good happening in Boston–namely, the contributions of the Brotherhood of Hope to the Archdiocese of Boston.

As many readers know, here at BCI we are not the greatest fans of Cardinal Sean’s blog and the travel diary sort of fare he typically offers, but there are a couple of topics in recent posts that we feel merit even more attention than the Cardinal has given them.  One example from his recent posts,”Visiting the Boston University Catholic Center” and “Celebrating many great works in the archdiocese” is the Brotherhood of Hope and their work with college campus ministry.

(Note: the Brotherhood of Hope has not been notified in advance about our plans to write about them).

The Brotherhood of Hope, established in 1980, is a canonically recognized Catholic community of brothers and priests consecrated to Christ, dedicated to evangelization, and committed to a life together as a spiritual family. Their focus is a deep personal relationship to Jesus Christ, lived in the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.  BCI is aware they do fantastic work transforming the lives of students on college campuses and elsewhere in the archdiocese as well. They are the real deal!

Here is what Cardinal Sean said about campus ministry at Boston University:

Sunday I was the main celebrant at the evening Mass at Boston University and had a wonderful visit with the students there…BU has one of the most vibrant campus ministries in the archdiocese…I was so happy to see their evangelization efforts in practice — through the countless numbers of students they serve. Some of these students may not have been fully engaged in the Church prior to coming to BU, but become more active through the campus ministry program. As always, the BU Catholic community is very upbeat, energetic, and gives me great hope for the future of this archdiocese. the visit provided me the opportunity to publicly recognize the ministries of Sister Olga Yaqob and the Brotherhood of Hope at the campus. Both Sister Olga and the Brotherhood will be leaving BU this summer… the Brotherhood will be working on a new campus ministry effort focusing on colleges in the Fenway area.

The Brotherhood of Hope started up what has become this vibrant campus ministry at BU 11 years ago and is the main force behind what has become a thriving campus ministry at BU.  BCI is told and has seen first-hand how Catholic students graduating from BU after participating in the Brotherhood’s ministry program at the Catholic Center are far more authentically “Catholic” than those graduating from the so-called “Catholic” Boston College. Sources tell BCI that the Brotherhood of Hope does similarly fantastic work at Northeastern in Boston, Florida State in Tallahassee (Florida) and at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Here is what the Cardinal said about BU and the Brotherhood on his blog in Celebrating many great works in the archdiocese:

Monday evening I was happy to participate in the ceremony to present the Cardinal Humberto Medeiros Scholarships at Boston University.

BU awards full scholarships to 12 graduates of Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese. Since the scholarships were instituted by the then-president of BU, Dr. John Silber, in 1986 over 300 hundred students have been given these scholarships which are worth to date $35 million dollars.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for graduates of our Catholic high schools. Another nice feature about attending college at BU is that we have a very robust campus ministry program there, with a large participation from the students. The university has always been very supportive of the Archdiocese and our ministry there.

For many years we had Sister Olga and the Brotherhood of Hope lead the campus ministry at BU and they are now leaving to begin some wonderful new initiatives. We look forward to Fr. John McLaughlin and the FOCUS group going there to continue the extraordinary work of the Brothers and Sister Olga have done.

It is a good thing that the university has been supportive of the archdiocese and campus ministry at BU because Chancellor Jim McDonough and the archdiocese have slashed funding for campus ministry considerably relative to years past. Here you see how the chaplain at BU had to raise $200K from Catholic donors in the 2010-11 year “just to reimburse the archdiocese for salaries.”

As described in this press release, campus ministry at BU will be led by Fr. John McLaughlin starting July 1, when he will be returning from his work as National Vocations Director for the Archdiocese for the Military Services. BCI hears great things about him and wishes him much success in his new role.

And as for the next step for the Brotherhood, here is the recent press release announcing their Expanded Campus Ministry Outreach in Boston:

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. is pleased to announce that the Brotherhood of Hope will launch a new initiative called “Hub” (Hope for Undergraduates in Boston) on July 1, 2011.  The initiative has the potential to expand the outreach of the Catholic Church to nearly 60,000 students on campuses in the Fenway area of the city.  HUB will be based at the Catholic Center at Northeastern University, already an important source of evangelizing efforts to the students on that campus.“The Brotherhood’s expertise and vision will be of invaluable assistance with this initiative,” said Cardinal O’Malley.  “Their twenty-five years of experience in campus ministry will provide us the opportunity to develop a community of college and university students centered in the Eucharist.”

“In order to fulfill this special venture entrusted to us by the Cardinal,” said Brother Rahl Bunsa, General Superior, “the Brotherhood needs to conclude our service at Boston University. We certainly experience real sadness over leaving the fruitful work at BU after serving there for 11 years and developing many solid friendships.  As a missionary community, we are honored by the Cardinal’s trust, and we are eager to accept this HUB challenge as we ‘put out into the deep’ (Lk 5:4).”

The Reverend Dr. Robert Allan Hill, Dean of Marsh Chapel and Chaplain to the University, expressed his “gratitude for the fine service rendered by the Brotherhood at BU.  In particular, I remember Father Paul Helfrich and Brother Patrick Reilly, who each served many years on our campus, for their pastoral and personal outreach to students. I am also grateful to Brother Sam Gunn, co-director, and to Brother Parker Jordan who have served most recently.”

The Brotherhood of Hope has been and continues to be a great gift to the Archdiocese of Boston and to campus ministry,” said Father Clancy, Archdiocesan Director of Campus Ministry. “It is exciting to have them expand their ministry and outreach to more of our students in the Fenway and Back Bay areas.”

Dr. Hill and Fr. Clancy put it well, and BCI has little to add to that–except to say that beyond campus ministry, we know that the Brotherhood of Hope has also impacted the archdiocese via their past work with men’s ministry, early involvement in Boston Men’s Conferences, and behind-the-scenes work by several of their priests in spiritual formation of seminarians at St. Johns Seminary and in the area of canonical affairs for the archdiocese.

If you are looking for a great Catholic organization to support instead of giving to the archdiocesan Catholic Appeal, BCI suggests you might wish to consider giving to the Brotherhood of Hope.  Because the archdiocese provides only a small amount of funding for campus ministry, they operate on a shoestring.  Every $1 you give to the Brotherhood of Hope will likely pay-back  ten-fold or more in terms of the impact on young people that will last and multiply in their lives as adults in the future, vs every $1 you give the archdiocese’s Central Ministries, which will yield much less than $1 after all of the excessive six-figure salaries, legal expenses, and administrative expenses are paid for.

Here is the Brotherhood of Hope’s website page where you can make a donation:

Join Us in Transforming Lives in Christ

The Brotherhood of Hope relies on your generous prayers and support to bring Christ’s love to many young women and men. Most Brothers work for sacrificial wages or no pay at all in order to serve wherever the need is greatest. Will you consider becoming a financial sponsor so that we can impact more students with the Gospel?

For those reading in Boston on Sunday, now do go outside and enjoy what remains of this stunningly beautiful day!

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22 Responses to The Brotherhood of Hope

  1. BU Catholic Center alum says:

    The impact of the Brotherhood of Hope on me is beyond words.

    This post barely begins to give approproiate credit to their contributions to campus life and to Catholic students at BU.
    They are already sorely missed on campus.

    Whatever people can do to offer financial support for their work will yield immeasurable returns!

  2. FR B says:

    A vibrant example of the seeds of hope in the land of God’s remant-people … Even RCAB. Corp can not dash out ALL Hope.

  3. Jay Walsh says:

    The Brotherhood of Hope is another example of the alarming trend in the Archdiocese of Boston of the increasingly conservative and cultic teachings and treatment of its followers especially young people. Prior to the arrival of the Brotherhood of Hope at Northeastern, that university already had a very vibrant youth ministry program led by a dynamic prient, Fr. John Unni. However, Fr. Unni’s theology was too liberal for the diocese so they moved him out of that position. I view it as a positive sign that this group has left BU. It is unfortunate that they are going to become involved with other local universities. It would be nice to start to see more priests and lay leaders like Fr. Unni become involved with the spiritual development of local university students.

  4. Jay,

    BCI takes issue in a significant way with your comment.

    You used political/ideological labels of “conservative” and “liberal,” which we do not believe are appropriate. As covered in this post,

    http://bostoncatholicinsider.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/stop-the-scandal/

    what matters is how we live and practice the Catholic faith. Instead of applying such arbitrary ideological labels, we ask that you and other readers express your thoughts in terms of whether someone is preaching and leading others consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

    As an example of what we mean, the new archdiocesan Code of Conduct says:

    “Church Personnel will conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as enunciated by the Holy Father and the Bishops in communion with him.”

    Are you expressing in your comment that you have a problem with those who minister in a manner that IS CONSISTENT with Catholic Church teachings and prefer to see more ministry that is NOT CONSISTENT with Church teachings instead?

    BCI is confident that the Brotherhood of Hope conducts themselves and their campus ministry in a manner consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church as set down by the Holy Father and the Bishops, and we stand by our post endorsing the Brotherhood of Hope and continued growth of their ministry.

    • Jay Walsh says:

      BostonCatholicInsider-

      I’m not following your circular logic above (i.e.- referencing a post on your web site to support your argument). Also,I prefer not to respond to people who are unwilling to use their own name in a blog entry. We will just have to agree to disagree on this group and the proper manner to minister to university aged students.

      • Jay,
        Thanks for your response. Independent of our previous blog post, the key question here you have raised is about conduct and ministry consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

        There is an archdiocesan Code of Conduct you will find here:

        http://www.bostoncatholic.org/uploadedFiles/BostonCatholicorg/_Utility/Employment/archdiocesecodeofconduct2012.pdf

        It says:

        “Church Personnel will conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as enunciated by the Holy Father and the Bishops in communion with him.”

        Since you criticized the Brotherhood of Hope, an organization that ministers in a manner consistent with Catholic Church teachings, it would thus appear that your preference is a manner of ministry to college students that is not consistent with Church teachings instead.

        That being the case, we do disagree.

      • Mary Reilly says:

        Jay, I’m afraid that I’m not following your circular logic. First, you were obviously comfortable posting to a blog clearly written by people who don’t publicly identify themselves. BCI let you know you were off-base with your comment and why, then you said you don’t want to respond because the blog is written by people who do not use their names. Could it be instead that you don’t want to respond because in doing so, you would need to acknowledge that you are looking for college campus ministry that specifically doesn’t align with Church teachings? Why ever would you want Catholic campus ministry to not be faithful to the teachings of the Church? That makes no sense–don’t do Catholic campus ministry if it’s not going to be authentically Catholic. I’m solidly with BCI and the BoH on this one.

  5. not giving my name says:

    It is true that the campus ministry center on bay state road is an iconic haven for students who wish to go there. I find the location at Northeastern illogical and suspect (guess who has interest in property in that area?). It would be located off the E line, and within walking distance of Northeastern and perhaps Wentworth only. Since BU has a much larger campus ministry student enrollment and is located in Kenmore square, wouldn’t installing a campus ministry center at St. Clement’s or Our Ladies Guild House make more sense? BU, Emmanuel, MIT, Harvard, Northeastern, Emerson, and Wentworth would all have easy access.
    I admire the B of H greatly, I would hate to see them build there HUB center in a location for a benefactors benefit. The Oblates or Sisters of Mary Immaculate could use the benefit much more. I wonder how BU feels about losing their Catholic diversity to Northeastern?

  6. Jack O'Malley says:

    I do not understand a previous commenter’s characterization of the BOH as “conservative”. In perusing their website, I find that it is archtypally novus ordo, i.e. hardly conservative. In one photo, there is a novus ordo table, a “worship service” being led by a hum-and-strum guitarist (perhaps my eyes deceive me and he is playing a lute?), and of the congregants, one is engaged in a charismatic wave and another enthuses with arms extended, palms upraised, arse slouched on the pew. Their uniforms (are they still called “habits”?) seem more tailored to hospital orderlies (do they still have orderlies or is everyone a “medical practitioner” now?).

    I make no comment on their doctrinal orthodoxy (which I have no reason to doubt) nor on their compliance with the “code of conduct”. Vereor autem ne Ecclesiae aliquid portendat periculi.

  7. Jay Walsh says:

    I’m confused as to how two posts by an author using the name of this blog site characterizing my “brand” of campus ministry as un-Catholic can be attributed to what I’ve actually written on this site. Let me be clear about what my issue is with this site. This site praises the work done with local college-aged students by the group, The Brotherhood of Hope. Even stating that this group at BU is producing authentically Catholic young adults. The site then goes further to contrast those graduates with the ‘so called’ Catholic Boston College. This contrast is not true and grossly unfair to the solid work being done in campus ministry and in the classroom at Boston College.

    The reality of the modern world in general and of the experience of college-aged Catholic students (or any students for that matter) in a big city like Boston is that they come into contact with a number of different faiths and experiences in the course of their lives. We live in a pluralistic society in the 21st century. Many of these students are used to pluralism. It is a reality that they have lived with their entire lives. They need to square their faith and the answers it provides to them with these other faiths. I would prefer ministers and professors at local universities who try to put critical words to address these experiences and who also keep this experience in touch with the tradition. What I don’t want is someone or a group who quotes a code of conduct or recites a litany of do’s and don’t’s(see Code of Conduct above). The modern campus minister and theology professor needs to meet these reflective young Catholics where they are at in their journey and respond to their questions about both their faith and other faiths openly and honestly. In my experience groups like the Brotherhood of Hope and apparently this web site are not doing that.

    That is my issue with this site raising up this group and what it does and taking a shot at Boston College and the Jesuits. Clearly, there is an underlying agenda at work here. There are far better examples that could be cited by this site as models for young Catholics at local universities. Again we will just need to agree to disagree on this topic, but I wanted to clearly state my case not have someone writing for this site put words in my mouth. I didn’t realize the nature of this site. It is clearly not my cup of tea.

    • Jay, Sorry you don’t find the site to be your cup of tea. Set aside the blog and code of conduct.You will recall that you started out using arbitrary ideological labels of “conservative” and “liberal.” We in response asked you if you want to see college students ministered to in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, or not consistent with the teachings of the Catholic church. You have not answered that question. Are you saying you are uncomfortable choosing between one and the another?

      You said, “The modern campus minister and theology professor needs to meet these reflective young Catholics where they are at in their journey and respond to their questions about both their faith and other faiths openly and honestly.”

      How exactly do you define a “modern campus minister and theology professor”? If a young person has questions about their faith, is it not best for person responding to do so in a manner that is always consistent with the teachings of the Catholic church?

      If your criticism of this blog is that we are committed to what the Catholic Church believes and teaches and we endorse other organizations that have a similar commitment, then we proudly accept that criticism!

      Based on this interchange, you will probably find other blogs and websites more to your liking. Thanks for having stopped by. We wish you well.

    • Jack O'Malley says:

      BCI is spot on about Boston College. De haeresibus tribadis illius Mary Daly silebo. And about other “Catholic” universities. There is a blog (whose bookmark I can’t find at the moment) which deals with unfaithful “Catholic” schools.

      But I don’t want to take the focus off the BOH. Let us just recall Archbishop Sheen’s words: You are better off going to a state school where you will have the chance to fight for your faith, than going to a modern Catholic university where you will have the new watered-down, modernist version of the faith spoon-fed to your unsuspecting minds, so that you will be apt to lose your faith. If the BOH is helping with that, then more power to them. Despite their banal liturgies.

    • Catholic Center Alum @ BU says:

      Hello Jay!

      While there is much I could say/ask regarding your above thoughts, it seems it would be most fruitful to offer my personal experience with the Brotherhood of Hope as a recent alum of the BU Catholic Center:

      To put it simply, they have managed to achieve an amazing combination of fidelity to the Church with a vibrant, imminently approachable, in-touch ministry that deeply understands the plight and condition of contemporary college students and the solution – Jesus Christ. To put that in “church” terminology, they’re experts in the New Evangelization’s call for an inculturation of the Gospel that addresses the needs of this age while never compromising the truths of the Church.

      To use your words, the Brotherhood of Hope has been able “to meet these reflective young Catholics where they are at in their journey and respond to their questions about both their faith and other faiths openly and honestly”.

      Unfortunately, you seem to have made some rather strong comments that call into question the Brotherhood of Hope’s ability to do this (“In my experience groups like the Brotherhood of Hope …are not doing that.”) without any firsthand experience of there phenomenal work. I’d encourage you to check them out yourself – I think you’ll be amazed by what you find…

  8. A. J. Constantino says:

    The teachings of the Church are neither “Liberal” nor “Conservative”, the teachings are the Truth all leading to the salvation of souls!
    What has changed, over the course, of these past decades, is man’s decided interpretation of Church teaching. The reality: many have placed their personal agenda ahead of Scripture, Tradition and Magisterium! Other have placed being “popular” ahead of proclaiming the Truth.

    We look out and see so many empty pews and question “Why?”

    Am I competent to answer, I am not so sure. I do have a theory; God’s people want to hear it straight! It is a people starving to hear the Truth They are tired and confused of the many interpretations of Church Teaching, simply,they what Church teaching is!

    For the many of you, who may be laughing and thinking: “If he thinks the pews are empty now!” It is a simple question of quality or quantity? I believe if we are true to Scripture, true to Tradition and true to Magisterium, the pews will be filled again.

    On a personal note, I have had the privilege of serving at the altar, with the new Catholic Chaplain of Boston University, Father John McLaughlin. In a word: OUTSTANDING! A man, in love with his priesthood, a man with genuine compassion, a man who knows the Truth! I’ll take a bet, Father John will foster many more vocations to the Priesthood! The men and women of Boston University are blessed!

  9. Jay Walsh says:

    BCI-
    You continue to attempt to drive our exchange back to questions that you would like me to answer. However, in my opinion the questions that you are asking are the wrong questions. For example, your last post asks whether I would “want to see college students ministered to in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, or not consistent with the teachings if the Catholic Church”? There are a number of things wrong with this question. The question itself gets back to one of the fundamental differences between you and I (if I am indeed responding to one person here). The teachings of the Catholic Church (and when you use that term you are leaning heavily on both the local and the global hierarchy and Tradition of the Church) are built upon the Gospel and its message and the foundational concepts of Christianity. These rules or teachings are established for and point to something greater than themselves. They are a means not an end.
    Thus, a better question for you is whether you would want campus ministry which reaches out to students in a manner which is consistent with the gospel message and/or exemplifies foundational Christian values? The Code of Conduct document that you reference in a previous post should have been established as a guideline to assist in following the gospel message. Many of the responses I’ve read on this topic from various sources seem to emphasize the need for campus ministry to direct university students to the rules or code of conduct for Catholics, and they stress the need to enlighten university students about the ‘Truth’ or the teachings of the Magisterium. These posts are undervaluing the faith and the level of discernment of undergraduates at local universities. They seem to have a low view of the faith life and the ability of university students to understand their faith and how it interacts with other faiths. I strongly disagree with this view and this approach to campus ministry. That is the problem that I raised in my first post. You can choose any term you are comfortable with to describe it (clearly you are uncomfortable with conservative- no need to reference your prior post again here), but it is an approach to Catholicism that is based in fear, and it misses the point. I’m much more comfortable with the way that the Jesuit approach at Boston College or the approach at Northeastern in the era prior to the Brotherhood of Hope. I realize now that is not an opinion shared by anyone in this space.

    • yet another Catholic Center alum says:

      I’m also an alum of BU and the Catholic Center where the Brotherhood of Hope did campus ministry.

      Jay, I’ve got no idea where you get your information and perspectives, but they couldn’t be more wrong and mis-informed. The Brotherhood is doing a phenomenal job with campus ministry, and the results prove it–retreats filled to overflowing, vocations, people brought back to the faith, lives transformed, enthusiasm for the Catholic faith, daily and weekend Masses jammed!! What exactly is your problem?

      The Brotherhood:
      a) Preaches the Gospel in a compelling way
      b) Meets students where they are at to deal with issues on campus like sex, pornography, abortion, homosexuality, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, no faith, and a culture of death. They know how to talk about those and deal with them on the right level for college students.
      c) Does this by leading students to the truth, and all consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, which I learned have a lot more validity than I thought before I got to BU.

      They do a, b, and c extraordinarily well and with great evangelistic zeal. Watch the Catholic TV segments talking about what they’ve done. I can’t imagine someone doing Catholic campus ministry who could do that combination better then them, though we hear the new chaplain is also great.

      In reading your criticism of the Brotherhood, your complaining for no reason it seems except your own opinion that you are “much more comfortable” with the Jesuit approach at Boston College or a more “liberal” (your word) approach. I attended some programs at BC and the approach was “pick and choose the teaching you like.” If that’s what you like, then youre right, that’s not the Brotherhood.

      BCI said the Brotherhood is the “real deal.” They are!! Maybe if you had the Brotherhood preaching the Gospel to you, meeting you where your at, and leading you to the truth, you’d have a better appreciation for the awesomeness of what they do! Since your obviously not familiar with them or you prefer the watered-down Catholicism at BC, could you stop criticizing them for no good reason, please?

    • Mary Reilly says:

      Jay,
      You’re going around in circles again. The Brotherhood of Hope is solid. Everyone knows that. Let’s say they spread the gospel as well or better than BC or Fr. Unni and they reach students where they’re at equally well or better too. Your gripe must be with something else where the Jesuits at BC are in a different place theologically or doctrinally. It sounds like you personally don’t agree with church teachings in certain areas and do not want to admit it. Is that correct?

      Here are some of the big “elephants in the room” where maybe you have issues. The Jesuit approach at “Catholic” Boston College allows for promotion of a gay-lesbian student organization, or GLBT, and there’s an association for gay-lesbian teachers too. You OK with that as well as homosexual activity? Is abortion OK? Is sex outside of marriage OK from your perspective? How about artificial contraception–is that OK? Do you think there should be women priests? Is it OK to present the Vagina Monologues on campus? Is it OK for a college to honor pro-abortion politicians? Is it OK to vote for or support pro-abortion politicians? Any “yes” answers to any of these?

      BCI might remove my comment, but I feel like Jay is beating around the bush criticizing the Brotherhood of Hope for their good work, when his gripe is really with the Church’s teachings and the Brotherhood’s orthodoxy to the faith. Jay, if that’s the case, I think you’ll find the blogs over at the National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal, and America Magazine much more to your liking.

  10. Jay,

    NY Yankees fans know better than to seat themselves amongst a group of Red Sox fans at Fenway Park AND repeatedly try to tell them their home team is lousy.

    You said of your perspective, “I realize now that is not an opinion shared by anyone in this space” and of this blog, the site “is clearly not my cup of tea.”

    That being the case, we invite you to take seriously a request from BCI that you take your comments elsewhere. You need not feel you have to get in the last word or respond to the most recent questions. BCI wishes you well.

  11. Jay Walsh says:

    BCI-

    This is not an attempt to get in the last word, and I will be moving on from this space. I just have to say that it is a surprise that different opinions are not welcome here. I’ve taken the time to read a number of your posts here, and you consistently attack things that you find lacking within the archdiocese of Boston. Yet when someone like me who is not like minded takes a few shots and spars with you- your reaction is to invite them to go elsewhere. This is interesting. No space at the inn. You are not welcome at the table. How un-Christian and very Cathoic of you! Your brand of Catholicism anyway…

    • Jay, We welcome different opinions. You will notice that everything you have submitted has been posted. You have communicated your opinion–the same opinion–several times, to a point now beyond redundancy, and each time BCI has taken the time to respond. When we have asked you a question to clarify your intent or position and why exactly you have been critical of the Brotherhood of Hope despite their track record of great work, you have said you do not want to directly answer the question.

      I see now that you acknowledged in response to Mary Reilly’s question that you do not agree with Catholic doctinal teachings in a number of areas. That explains a lot in terms of why you would not answer the original questions BCI posed to you and why you are apparently critical of the Brotherhood of Hope. There are thousands of Catholic blogs that focus on a variety of different topics. The focus at BCI is not to debate Catholic doctrinal teachings–there are other places that are better suited to that purpose. Our focus is to help people learn more about what is happening inside the Archdiocese of Boston, and to expose governance problems by leading people to the truth so the Church can continue doing her good works.

      You have said this blog is not your cup of tea. By every indication from your comments, we would agree. If it is not your cup of tea here, we simply encourage you to find your cup of tea elsewhere.

  12. Jay Walsh says:

    Mary-

    Personally, I hope they do not remove your post. It speaks volumes about your theology and your approach to campus ministry (and ministry in general). Hopefully, you don’t have a job in ministry or interact with young minds who are searching…by the way my answers to almost all of your questions are ‘Yes’. Peace Out!!!

  13. Jack O'Malley says:

    my answers to almost all of your questions are ‘Yes’

    Mmm. Almost all. Almost all. Mmmm. I wonder which one is “no”. Mmmmm….

    I’ve got it! He doesn’t like the “Vagina Monologues”! That’s the one!

    But wait. Which part doesn’t he like? Mmmm. Let’s see. No problem with a monologue. So…

    But of course.

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