Hello! As the summer draws to a close and you pack your bags for Vanderbilt, we want to tell you about a community that has changed our lives. Vanderbilt University offers many incredible opportunities, but University Catholic (known as “UCat”) is something so much more than just a student organization. UCat has given us a family with strong bonds rooted in Christ that will last long past graduation day.
UCat is not a club or an organization but an identity. Through swing dancing in the alley, building clean water systems in Nicaragua, cooking Sunday Supper with our Bible study groups, adoring Christ in the Eucharist late at night, winning the intramural soccer championship, breaking bread with men transitioning from prison, and creating lifelong friendships, we seek to embody the words of St. John Paul II: “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.”
We are a community of unique individuals with a diversity of passions who seek the joy of the Gospel, find strength in the Sacraments and strive for greatness. Included in this newsletter is our “Roman Rush” schedule which offers great opportunities to meet other Catholic students and get to know UCat. Be sure to mark your calendar for Move-In Mass on Saturday, August 20 at 8 pm in Benton Chapel on Vanderbilt’s campus. This is the only time that the freshmen orientation schedule allows for Mass, so don’t miss it! After move-in weekend, our regular Sunday Mass is at 9 pm in Benton Chapel.
Another thing that makes UCat special is the Frassati House, a beautiful 100+ year-old Victorian house located on the edge of Vanderbilt’s campus. It is truly a home away from home— a place where we eat, study, laugh and pray. You are welcome anytime (literally!), but make sure to stop by for Sunday Supper at 6 pm weekly for a delicious, free home-cooked meal.
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to University Catholic. In the meantime, you are in our prayers.
Julianna Romanoski and Jeremy Leganski