"Snowshoe" Extravaganza

This past weekend, 24 of our Grad students and young adults ventured to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountain Range for winter hike and overnight stay. Though there wasn't enough snow for snowshoes, there was enough to play in! It was a beautiful weekend in the Pacific Northwest, and the hike gave us some breath taking views of the nature which God created. We hope to have another snowshoeing trip later this winter - stay tuned!

Young Adult Christmas Formal

 

The 2nd annual young adult Christmas formal was a definitely a merry and bright night! Everyone dressed to the nines, and looked quite dapper. The evening featured two live bands, the first a string trio playing classical Christmas songs, and the second was a jazz band for swing dancing! We had around 175 young adults attend, and we partied on until midnight! If you missed the formal, but still want an opportunity to meet other undergrads, don't stress! You can come to U-District Young Adult Mass, followed by dinner, on January 4, 5:45PM at Blessed Sacrament; or you can come to Saturday Night Alive on January 17 (more info here).

(Photos courtesy of GlimmerGlassPhoto.com)

Saturday Night [Comes] ALIVE!

On the evening of October 19th, 2013, the Prince of Peace Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington launched the first installment in its newest young adult program, Saturday Night ALIVE. Based on the model of the popular Catholic Underground program, Saturday Night Alive seeks to bring together young adults from the whole greater Seattle area for a night of prayer, fellowship, and entertainment.

The evening consisted of an hour of adoration, a brief intermission for coffee and socializing, and a performance by local Catholic artists. Over 100 people showed up for the event and filled the Newman Center’s chapel. Adoration began with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Evening Prayer from the Divine Office. Adoration continued as a pleasant combination of hymns, prayers, and silence. The chapel was illuminated simply by candles and a spotlight on the Blessed Sacrament. Three priests were offering Confession during this time of prayer, and many of those assembled chose to receive this sacrament.

As adoration concluded, the Blessed Sacrament was reposed and the lights came on. The attendants were told that there would be a brief intermission before the performance portion of the night. Nearly everyone in attendance proceeded to squeezed into the Newman Center’s lobby for tea, coffee, snacks, and socializing. Young adults from all over Seattle met and talked with one another.

Soon after, the attendants were told that the performance was starting. Those who wanted to listen returned to the chapel while those who were still socializing continued to do so in the lobby, separated by glass wa

lls. The music was performed by Dawn and Orlando, two Newman Center choir alums. Dawn and Orlando’s music helped the crowd encounter God’s love in a different way than adoration. By expressing their faith through the medium of music, they became a testament to God’s presence all around us – He is not just in the silence of adoration, but also in the joyous sounds of passionate music. And when the music ended, the people stayed. They still had conversations to finish, friends to meet, and a community to build.

This event was a pilot program to gauge the interest of local Catholic young adults in a program that combines prayer and culture. The success of the first Saturday Night ALIVE has shown that there is indeed a demand for this type of event in the Seattle area. The next Saturday Night ALIVE is planned for November 16th, and starting in January it will continue on the third Saturday of the every month. The volunteers who helped put on this program hope that Saturday Night ALIVE will develop into a city-wide event that will reinvigorate the faith of Catholic young adults all over the Seattle area.

(Article originally posted on opwest.org)

2013 Rosary Sunday: Set the World on Fire for Christ!

2013 Rosary Sunday & Mission West Campaign from Western Dominican Friars on Vimeo.

Each year the Western Dominican Provice asks us to join together on Rosary Sunday and invest in the student Dominicans. This appeal provides critical funds for our House of studies at St. Albert Priory. This is where your future Dominican friars study, pray, and prepare themselves for ministry.

Special for this year is an additional effort for the Mission West Campaign. This campaign will protect our long term commitments to forming new Dominicans by providing medical care for our elderly friars and enhancing our Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Oakland.

Fr. Jordan will give a presentation on October 20th on how you can help our Dominican friars set the world on fire for Christ. Please prayerfully consider how you can respond to our appeal this year.

Please email Dayn or Hien if you have any questions, or go to opwest.org to learn more. Thank you!

Movie Night! August Rush

Newman's Respect 4 Life Group is hosting a fun BBQ and Movie Night! Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30PM. Click on the poster for the bigger version that is easier to share with your friends!

Click here for the Facebook event, and for all the Respect 4 Life happenings, join their Facebook group here.

Annual GiveBIG Challenge Raises $10k+ for Newman

THANK YOU! To everyone who helped make GiveBIG a success, thank you! We raised a RECORD $10,176 dollars in 24hrs. That's the equivelant of one SEARCH retreat for 80+ students. You've made a HUGE impact! God bless you all for being so generous!

 

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