Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Catholic Resurgence at Oregon State University

I received the following email a few days ago and I thought I would pass it along.
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I am writing to inform you of a project that took place at Oregon State University. This university has a strong liberal presence. You might remember that The Insurgent student newspaper at the U of O (in Eugene, 40 minutes away) printed pornographic drawing of Jesus Christ about a year ago. This was lauded by some here at OSU. The university has a very strong gay presence (with pride week, featuring "lube olympics" and other vile events). Despite the secularism and liberalism, the Catholic students here are pretty cool.

Well, some friends of mine got the idea to "Saint bomb" campus. Using chalk, hundreds of Catholic Saint names were written all over campus last week. This was done during perhaps the busiest week of spring term. Many events took place this week on the Quad. The Genocide Awareness Project came to the quad, drawing a large number of people. The "Snow in the Quad" (put on by the Protestant apparel designer CIVIL) came to set up the next day. The Relay for Life event happened at night on the quad, which meant hundreds of students were walking by Saint names nonstop all night long. We also used chalk to advertise Mass times. Lots of exposure for the Church!

Here are two videos documenting this event: here and here

The Newman Center had a booth set up inside the Memorial Union building with a "Find your Saint" computer set up. Some non-Catholics came by to find their Saints. Other Catholics who haven't been to Church for a while saw their confirmation Saint name on the ground. Other Catholics got a lot of joy to see the names and to see Christ's presence in a tangible form on campus. And some others were annoyed at the audacity of these students.

We are trying to get more exposure to this project, so if you'd like to link to this video, please do! We'd like to see others get this idea, and maybe do it at their campus, to remind wayward Catholics of their roots and to show a strong presence of Faith! The response we've gotten from people around the community has been amazing, and the priests loved it!

One more thing to note... we got permission from the Memorial Union (the student union on campus) as well as the Church before doing this.

Garrett Vogenbeck
Oregon State University


Anonymous said...


That's fantastic! Thanks for the heads-up!

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La gallina said...

You college whipper-snappers are so cool. Back in my college days (the 90s) we were all just too politically correct and CHICKEN to do anything like that. With young folks like you out there, things are looking up for the Church.

Unknown said...

I'm glad our project made it on your blog! I hope others take suit and do the same at their college. If anyone wants more info on how we did this, email me at vogenbga -[at]- engr.orst.edu

We made our own chalk and everything (had like 50 pounds to start). That chalk stayed down through multiple rains (which it does here often in Oregon). It was a pretty intense week for me, since I also joined the GAP and took on pro-abortionists.

Our community in Corvallis is so blessed, but I think we are called to take a stand and be a force on campus.

- Garrett Vogenbeck

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