15 Signs You Went to a Catholic University

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So many of the great universities in America are Catholic universities (yay!). Thanks to a number of religious orders dedicated to scholarship, service, and community, the higher education system is #blessed with the charisms of the Jesuits, the Benedictines, the Congregation of the Holy Cross, and so many more. Attending a religiously affiliated school is a unique experience. You might have gone to a Catholic college if…

1. You find it strange when you walk into a building and don’t immediately spot a Crucifix on the wall

 

2. Discussions (okay, debates) of faith and philosophy don’t make you uncomfortable in the slightest; in fact you even welcome them. Come at me, bro…

 

3. One of your favorite professors was a “Professor Father…” or “Doctor Sister…”

4. You have celebrated mass with 5,000 of your peers at least once

5. You considered (or actually did) post-graduate service with an organization like the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or the Alliance for Catholic Education

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6. No longer being in college, finding convenient mass times for Holy Days of Obligation is a new adventure

 

7. Young adult ministry leaves something to be desired after your campus ministry experiences

8. Your student loan debts don’t worry you too much because you know God wouldn’t give you anything you can’t handle

9. Your core classes had titles like “Foundations of Theology” and “Functions of Philosophy in Theology”

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10. You know that one senior who booked the campus chapel for her wedding, whether or not she had a ring by spring

11. You learned the social mission of your university alongside the fight song at freshman orientation and have consciously incorporated it into your everyday life

12. Giving a drawn out sign of peace is now your typical method of farewell

13. You still have a strong opinion on the gender relations at your alma mater

14. You chant “God’s on our side” at every sporting event you attend, despite no longer attending a Catholic school

15. Now that you’re an alum, you realize the Catholic identity and community that your university provided truly spans time and space

 

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