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GUEST COLUMNIST | Catholic Student Center: A strong force for good

A while ago, I received a call from Chancellor Mark Wrighton, who told me the Board of Trustees of Washington University had unanimously awarded me an honorary doctorate. This was so surprising and off the page of anything even thought about that I was moved to the core and grateful beyond words.

Students find Catholic perspective in debate 'production'

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during their Oct. 9 presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis.

As a history major, Candance Attah understood the potential significance of the presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Oct. 9 at the Washington University Field House.

"I kept saying to the rest of the students, 'Oh, my gosh, I can't believe we're even here,'" said Attah, a senior from Dallas. "This is just crazy to be a part of history, not only Washington U. history, but this could very well be the first woman president of the United States."

SLU discussion promotes ‘essential message’ of NFP on campus

Emma Harty and her husband, Troy Woytek, shared their personal story of using NFP. The couple uses the Marquette Method, an NFP method that incorporates the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor; they have three children. Woytek said he appreciates how using NFP has boosted the couple’s communication.

The meeting started with a simple question: Who's read "Humanae Vitae?"

Of the 60 or so people in the audience, only a few raised their hands.

As part of his discernment to the priesthood, Father David Meconi told the group he read Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on married love and parenting, which he jokingly called “the letter to the fallopians.”

El Camino de Santiago 'inspires reflection and silence'

A group of students and staff from the Catholic Student Center at Washington University recently made a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, journeying roughly 72 miles on foot through Spain via the El Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James.

Car lovers, as well as most Americans over the age of 30, know the "El Camino" as Chevrolet's half-car/half-truck produced by General Motors from the late-1950s into the '80s.

But the original "El Camino" -- El Camino de Santiago -- is known by the many pilgrims who have walked its length to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, which is believed to be the burial site of St. James the Apostle.

Members of the Catholic Student Center at Washington University now count themselves among that group.

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