Catholic Campus Center offers Theology on Tap

Michael Bray

Washburn’s Catholic Campus Center is looking forward to two important events: “Theology On Tap,” and the Kansas Catholic College Student Convention.

“Theology On Tap” is happening 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Varsity Blues, across 17th street from Washburn. The program, first developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago, reaches out to young adults ages 18-31. A 10-15 minute presentation is followed by a discussion.

The topic for Feb. 9 is “Love, Lust and God,” and the speaker will be Father Bill Bruning. The purpose of the program is not only to educate, but to also have young adults experience contacts with others, sharing their religious beliefs and philosophies.

“It is exciting to hear the response of the young adults, including the questions they present to the speaker [at Theology on Tap]. It is a wonderful experience to see Catholic college students and other young adults excited about their quest for truth and understanding,” said Patti Lyon, director and campus minister for the Center.

Sister Anna Marie, the center’s coordinator of vocational ministry said “Theology On Tap” provides a relaxing setting enabling young adults to comfortably grapple with current social and religious issues.

The 34th annual Kansas Catholic College Student Convention is co-hosted by the Catholic Campus Center and Benedictine College, located in Atchison. The convention is happening at the Ramada Inn, Feb 10-12 in Topeka. The keynote speaker will be Matthew Kelly.

Kelly, a native of Australia, has presented to two million people in the last 10 years, participating in talks and seminars in more than 50 countries. His books have sold over 750,000 copies.

Other speakers include Father Gabriel O’Donnell, Father Anthony Ruff and Sister Irene Nowell.

The conference also features perpetual adoration, breakout sessions, a banquet and dance party, small group discussions and Friday night mass. The theme for the event is “Prefer nothing to the work of God.” People from all over Kansas will be attending.

“The conference is a time for fun and fellowship; a time to bond with Catholic students from across the state,” said Lyons.

According to Sister Anna Marie the conference is an event where Catholic college students come together for a weekend of theological input integrated with prayer, and fun social events like the dance.”

The Center is located at 1633 Jewell Ave., across 17th street from the Washburn Campus.