Campus Catholic Center remodels garage into new chapel

Kyle Almond

Washburn students come from all across the U.S. and the world. They have different heritages, different cultures, different political views and different religious beliefs. Washburn works to provide for something for everybody, and one such resource is the Catholic Campus Center.

Washburn is not affiliated with the Catholic Campus Center, however Director Patti Lyon said that the entire congregation is made up of Washburn students, faculty and staff. They hold Mass 7 p.m. every Sunday at the center on 17th Street and Jewell Avenue. The service is held in the renovated chapel on the first floor. The red south door opens on the worship area, which was formerly a two-car garage, computer lab and breezeway. The recently completed chapel was dedicated and blessed Aug. 26 of this year and seats 50 worshipers.

Following the Mass, the center holds a bible study starting at 8 p.m. Another program held by the Catholic Campus Center is “First Fridays,” which occur, appropriately enough, on the first Friday of every month and feature a musician from Kansas State University, some sort of guest speaker and Adoration of the Eucharist, followed by a shared meal. Catholic Campus Center also offers alternative spring breaks. Last year students had the opportunity to travel to Chicago, Wichita or Clyde, Mo.

The Catholic Campus Center also has the popular “Theology on Tap,” which is a religious discussion about contemporary topics held at the World Cup coffee bar on S.W. 21st Street. The next “Theology on Tap” will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 17. The discussion will center around accountability and to whom one is accountable. Like everything offered by the Catholic Campus Center, it is open to all students, staff and faculty, regardless of religious affiliation.

The center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays.