Father Jason Adams, newly appointed Catholic chaplain at the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University in Savannah and parochial vicar at St. James Church in Savannah, consecrates the blood of Jesus during the campus’ first Mass of 2018, which was h
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First Mass of 2018 held on Georgia Southern University's Armstrong campus

Originally Appeared in : 9802-1/18/18

SAVANNAH--SEEK Catholic Campus Ministry opened both the new year and new semester with a Mass January 10.

 

During his homily, celebrant Father Jason Adams told the intimate group of congregants gathered in University Hall on what is now the Savannah-based Armstrong campus of the newly consolidated Georgia Southern University, that they should start the year by following the examples of young Samuel and Jesus in the day’s readings.

 

 “As we continue this new year, work in this committee [with] our new administration here, that we build in those times to be quiet to see what is the Holy Spirit asking,” Father Jason Adams reminded the students. “First and foremost [in] your own life and walk with God, and then more importantly what we hear, what is he asking with this organization, with SEEK.” 
Father Adams, parochial vicar at St. James Church in Savannah, is one of eight newly appointed campus ministry chaplains for the Diocese of Savannah.

 

In a letter about the campus chaplaincy initiative dated December 11, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., told pastors in the diocese that “there is no greater demographic in our diocese that is difficult to identify and provide some evangelization [for] than our Catholic college and university students. Our need to offer some kind of outreach to bring them closer to the Church is one of our goals.”

 

According to sophomore Andrew Hunt, who is the vice president of the Catholic campus ministry committee on the Armstrong campus and who attended the Mass January 10 with other members of the leadership committee as well as Savannah Catholic campus minister Krystyna Swierczewski, having a Catholic chaplain on campus will aid SEEK not only in its recruitment of new students but also in its offerings through the unique insights Father Adams is expected to bring.

 

“I think we’ve learned a lot from what we didn’t do last semester and we’re going to apply that to this semester,” Hunt added.

 

Among the growing list of activities SEEK has planned for the spring 2018 semester is an upcoming bible study. 

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