Catholic Collegiate Ministries gets involved in UVa-Wise community through activities, outreach

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise’s Catholic Collegiate Ministries has a lot going on this spring semester.

Karina Rufino is the Women’s Evangelization leader for the CCM.  She does the outreach for the ministry and is in charge of meeting with individual members and having lunch and checking on them.

Community leader Katie Reda, is in charge of planning and organizing off campus events and women’s events.  Reda says some of the events include, “going to Bristol, Virginia to meet the new bishop and going to Knoxville to Palm Sunday mass.”

Liturgy Leader Matt Vaughn, is in change of setting up for Mass every Sunday at 4 p.m. and every Thursday at 5 p.m.  Vaughn is also in charge of setting up for Adoration and making sure that the people who have volunteered for those events are able to come.

Male Evangelization leader, Will Law, is focused on reaching out to males on campus.  Law in the organizer for men’s night once a month and a social every month, which is called Coffee and Doughnut Evangelization.  This event consists of CCM members handing out free homemade doughnuts and coffee to students on campus.

Law says, “we try to greet every student with a smile to show them the love of Christ.”

Members of UVa-Wise’s Catholic Collegiate Ministries met in Bristol, Va. with Barry Knestout, Bishop of the Archdiocese of Richmond, Va. in January. CCM members keep busy with plenty of on- and off-campus activities and outreach efforts.
Members of UVa-Wise’s Catholic Collegiate Ministries met in Bristol, Va. with
Barry Knestout, Bishop of the Archdiocese of Richmond, Va. in January. CCM
members keep busy with plenty of on- and off-campus activities and outreach
efforts.

Grace Craddock is the Prayer Leader for the CCM.  Her job consists of leading group prayer a couple times a week and she teaches people in the ministry about different types of prayer.

Brad Mathisen is the director of the campus ministry and is installed by the Catholic Diesis of Richmond into his position.  Mathisen says, “I try to make sure that the needs of the students are met and the needs of the ministry are met.”  Mathisen says, “I try to be a resource to students in directing spirituality and directing their faith.”

There are several things going on weekly for the CCM that students are encouraged to attend.

There is a weekly bible study on Tuesday in Henson Hall Classroom at 8 p.m. There is prayer at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday’s and 4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays.  Mass is every Sunday at 4 p.m. in Cantrell Hall and daily mass every Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Sandstone room in Cantrell Hall.

The CCM will be working with Appalachian Service Project in Jonesville on a mission trip over spring break.  They are also planning a trip to Knoxville for Palm Sunday Mass.  Craddock is also looking for students to go on the Encounter with Christ retreats, which will be March 16-18 and April 6-8.

The CCM encourages students to come out to their events and get to know the students that are involved.  Contact Karina Rufino at kr2pt@uvawise.edu or Brad Mathisen at bmathisen@richmonddiocese.org for more questions.

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