As Diocesan Director of Campus Ministries, the goal is for Fr. Gervan to bring the model of University Catholic/Nashville to other campuses to benefit students at all middle Tennessee colleges.
“UCat has a 16-year tried and true model, and my new job will be to ensure one mission, one branding and one direction of proposing Jesus Christ and forming His disciples throughout many campuses,” says Fr. Gervan.
What began at Vanderbilt University in 2006 and has grown to encompass all Nashville area colleges will now expand to every end of the Diocese of Nashville. Students will have easy access to the sacraments and local opportunities to grow in their faith and build a strong Catholic community while in college. They will also have opportunities to join with other Catholic college students throughout middle Tennessee for retreats, pilgrimages and service opportunities.
“Other campus ministries won’t have to start from scratch, they can follow our model and hit the ground running,” he explained.
“Doing nothing or simply maintaining the status quo would have a devastating impact on our Church for generations to come. Our young people are the Church. We must actively engage them, continue to form them into faithful followers of Christ and equip them to bring the Good News to their peers.”