Northern Michigan University Campus Ministry students and leaders brought SEEK21, an annual national event drawing thousands of college students and young adults, to St. Louis the King Parish in Harvey. However, instead of the massive crowds of nearly 20,000 coming together at an arena, around 30 gathered in the spacious parish hall to join others across the country virtually.
The three-day event held Feb. 4-6 had Encounter as its theme. Jessica Rutkowski, FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionary serving with the NMU Campus Ministry said the event was about encountering Jesus and the other attendees, as well as having fun getting to know each other.
Along with Mass and confession, keynote talks featured popular Catholic speakers such as Father Mike Schmitz, Sister Miriam James Heidland and Jason Evert.
“Everyone is having fun,” Rutkowski said. “You encounter Jesus in one another…” and when you “encounter Jesus you find out who he is and about yourself.”
SEEK is designed to have long-term spiritual benefits for those who attend.
“Northern Michigan students being more solidified in their faith during college is going to be wonderful for the Upper Peninsula,” Rutkowski said. “This conference helps fuel the flame of faith and lays a foundation for the rest of their lives that will impact more than this generation.”
Father Dustin Larson, associate pastor of St. Michael Parish in Marquette and Catholic campus minister for NMU pointed out that start up funding for FOCUS on the campus came from Legacy of Faith, which he encourages people to support. To learn more about SEEK, visit www.seek.focus.org. Information about Catholic Campus Ministry at NMU visit www.nmucatholic.org and Legacy of Faith at here.