Here is a story from the Diocese of Beaumont:
Growing Campus Ministry helps grow the ChurchJune 1, 2010 by easttexascatholic
Every year more and more students are enrolling at Lamar University, Beaumont, and with every enrollment is an opportunity for vocations.
As a solution, many colleges and universities around the country have active Catholic Student Centers and with active participation at student centers come more vocation opportunities.
St. Mary Catholic Center at Texas A&M University is a great example of how a strong campus ministry can create a successful vocations program.
St. Mary Catholic Center serves Texas A&M University and Blinn College. Marcel LeJeune has been the assistant director of campus ministry there since 2006.
“We’ve built a culture of vocational discernment here,” LeJeune said. “We encourage our students to really go through the process of discerning what God’s call is for each one of them individually. And that they each need to do that to be able to understand it’s not just a decision I make on my own but this is something that God has given to me. It’s a gift.”
Through the years more than 130 who have come through the doors of St. Mary have gone on to vocations in the priesthood. Currently about 50 are in formation.
But it took time to build to this, LeJeune said. About 20 years ago St. Mary was not the thriving campus ministry it is today. Then fulltime staff was hired who were dynamic leaders, money was invested in the programs, and the ministry began to thrive – with the result of increased vocations to the priesthood and lay leaders going into the world “with a Catholic view and understanding of who they are as children of God,” LeJeune said. Continue Reading.