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A Catholic VISION


Paige Patet, ‘13, English and COJO

I know how to ask three questions in Spanish: What is your name?, How old are you?, and Where’s the bathroom?  So when I exited the Guatemalan airport alongside my fellow VISION participants with three weeks of sunshine, black beans, and cockroaches ahead of me, I was nervous.  On a trip that is intended for students to explore their spiritualties, how could I continue my search if I couldn’t even understand the community I was living with or even the readings at mass?

I remember asking myself this question early on in the trip while sitting on the roof of our hotel.  I looked out at Lake Atitlan and the mountains surrounding us.  The wind blew empty bottles positioned on standing stakes rattling them like marimbas.  The sun slowly dipped in a sky of pinks and oranges.  In that moment I could perfectly understand God’s presence Continue Reading

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St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.

Posted by Monica Stiles, ’12 Psychology and Catholic Studies

On Saturday, January 28, the Church celebrated the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas. As students at a liberal arts University, we have a lot to thank Aquinas for. His work with philosophy and theology has shaped much of not only what the Church teaches, but also even some secular views of morality and ethics. We are so blessed to have such a brilliant, impactful, and holy man as our patron.

As a Catholic Studies student with a relative understanding that this world is so much greater than what any human’s intelligence can grasp, starting yet another semester makes one sometimes want to quote what Aquinas said after giving up writing, “I cannot go on…. All that I have written seems to me like so much straw compared to what I have seen and what has been revealed to me.” ( Now, I would venture to guess that what has been revealed to me has not been quite as great Continue Reading

Catholic at UST, Catholic Residences, Student Profiles

Today, I’m studying to be a Catholic priest…



Written by Talyor Leffler ’13, Philosophy and Catholic Studies


Five years ago, I had a make-believe conversation in my head with those little old ladies during Vocation Awareness Week. They would say, “Young man, you would sure make a good priest,” to which I would respond, “You’re crazy, ma’am. Please go pick on someone else. That’s the last thing on earth I would spend my entire life suffering through.” Today, I’m studying to be a Catholic priest.

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Catholic at UST, Social Events

Catholics Have Talent

 Written by Gemma Shaffer ’14, Biochemistry and Catholic Studies

Last year as a freshman, when I heard that the Catholic Studies department was going to put on a talent show, I thought to myself, “Eh, it will probably be a bunch of lame skits and stuff, but hey, it might be fun.”  Much to my surprise, that night I discovered that the students in the Catholic Studies department did indeed have talent, far more so than I think anyone expected.  This year when talent show time rolled around, I thought, “This will be good, but there’s no way it could top last year’s.”  Once again, I was wrong. Continue Reading

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Jason Evert Challenges UST: fall in love, not lust.


Pictured above: Jason Evert

Written by Harry Welsh ’14, Business Managment Major

On November 8th, UST’s campus was blessed with the opportunity to have Jason Evert come speak about chastity. Jason Evert is an internationally known, dynamic, and engaging speaker on chastity, relationships, romance, and purity. He has a master’s degree in theology, and undergraduate degrees in counseling and theology, with a minor in philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the author of more than ten books, including If You Really Loved Me, How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your soul, and Theology of the Body for Teens, which challenge young people to be pure.

Listening to his talk, a few things stood out to me most. First, women in society are displayed in media more as objects than as human beings with dignity. Being men on a college campus, we are not only constantly surrounded by beautiful women on campus, but also by the skewed image of women that is in the media; there are temptations all around us. As a man at the talk Continue Reading

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Living the Word

Justina Hausmann

Written by Justina Hausmann ’13, Neuroscience and Catholic Studies

When I transferred from DePaul University during my freshman year, I have to admit I had high expectations for the University of St. Thomas. I surely was not going to transfer again, so this just HAD to be good. While I did enjoy my first semester as a Tommie, I was hungry for more, for more Christ, for more community. I wanted to feel like this campus was mine. It was this hunger that led me to Catholic Studies.

This year, I was asked to join a Bible study through the group Living the Word: Scripture Studies Continue Reading

Catholic at UST, Catholic Residences

Freshman Spotlight: Life on the Catholic Men’s Floor

Written by Corey J. Stephan ’15, Theology Major  Corey Stephan-CMF

Three Catholic Men’s Floor residents.  From left to right: Aaron, Corey (me), & John

The University of St. Thomas is a wonderful, well-respected institution of higher learning with a strong Catholic heritage.  That heritage is not merely something pleasant to read in a brochure; the faith on campus thrives at this very moment.  As an incoming freshman, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the Tommie Catholic Christian community.  I deeply appreciate the Holy Spirit’s heavy hand in bringing me to study at this school, and I know that He also guided me in choosing where to live — the Catholic Men’s Floor.

Living on Ireland Hall’s 2 North, the Catholic Men’s Floor, has made me a part of the best Christian brotherhood for which I could have asked.  Every night, a group of fellow floor residents Continue Reading

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Becoming a Catholic Man on Campus, One Chicken Wing and Thursday Night at a Time

Written by Andrew Kincheloe ’12, Business Administration-Entrepreneurship

So Thursday night rolls around and students are conversing about hitting up Plums or Tiff’s, maybe cramming for that test your professor carelessly scheduled for a Friday morning, or, being October, watching some playoff baseball games.  Well if you are in the library you might see a group of 30-40 guys meeting in the Leather Room, eating B-Dubs and talking about (if you believe it) how to be a man and live your faith on campus. Continue Reading

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“Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40

“O inestimable charity! Even as You, true God and true Man, gave Yourself entirely to us, so also You left Yourself entirely for us, to be our food, so that during our earthly pilgrimage we would not faint with weariness, but would be strengthened by You, our celestial Bread. O man, what has your God left you? He has left you Himself, wholly God and wholly Man, concealed under the whiteness of bread. O fire of love! Was it not enough for You to have created us to Your image and likeness, and to have recreated us in grace through the Blood of Your Son, without giving Yourself wholly to us as our Food, O God, Divine Essence? What impelled You to do this? Your charity alone. It was not enough for You to send Your Word to us for our redemption; neither were You content to give Him us as our Food, but in the excess of Your love for Your creature, You gave to man the whole divine essence…”
– St. Catherine of Siena


This week marks the kick off of UST’s Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. As students passed through the quad after class mindlessly, Fr. Erich Rutten followed by a lengthy procession of people, carried Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Blessed Sacrament into the Koch Commons Adoration Chapel to ignite the beginning of perpetual adoration for the Fall 2011 Semester.  Continue Reading

Catholic at UST, Leadership Internships, Social Events

Dear Community Night, Meet Your Cooler Replacement, “The Catholic Edge”

Posted by Monica, UST Senior, Catholic Studies and Psychology

100_1060One fateful night during the Catholic Leadership Interns Spring Institute in Chicago, Illinois, the idea for “The Catholic Edge” was born. When focusing on the once “Community Night”, the Interns found themselves asking, what is our objective; what is the purpose of these nights? It seemed that an important element was missing: Challenge. The interns realized that what the Catholic community at St. Thomas needed was Continue Reading