Bring Christ to Campus

Aug 12, 2020 | Community

August 1, 2020

Dear University Students of Long Island:

So much has changed in the world since last semester, and so much will be different on campus this year. Yet one thing remains: the love of Jesus Christ. Whether you are navigating long distance learning or returning to a campus on Long Island or a campus in another part of the country, entering as a transfer student or just beginning, the Holy Spirit calls you to live in this love. The Holy Spirit desires spiritual greatness from you right in the midst of the heavy crosses the world is carrying.

As the year begins, I would like to offer you some short words of advice as you strive for holiness in this unique moment of history. Know that each one of you is daily in my prayers and Masses along with your family and every friend you make on campus.

  1. First, be radically faithful to the Sunday Mass
  2. Pray daily
  3. Embrace and live the Ten Commandments given to us by God
  4. Have a deep devotion to the Holy Spirit
  5. Serve generously
  6. Sanctify your daily academic work
  7. Build authentic friendships
  8. Learn to articulate the Catholic Faith by cultivating the art of Catholic Apologetics
  9. Explore the work of Catholic Intellectuals
  10. Be an Instrument of Catholic social justice, radical justice and harmony, and social change that is grounded in the sanctity of human life, the non-violence expressed in history by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., your commitment to daily conversion and holiness and a creative Catholic missionary spirit.
  11. Remember throughout your lives your experience of the traumas
    and loss of lives in the COVID-19 crisis
  12. Finally, go to your Mother Mary, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Mother of the Church, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalpue.

Thank you for the witness to your Catholic faith on your university campus. Be not afraid! Remember with St. Paul that eyes have not seen and ears have not heard what God has prepared for those who love him. God Bless you!

Sincerely in Christ,

For Bishop Barres’ complete letter, visit

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