Finding New Ways to Stay Connected

The pomp of graduation season has been upended by the circumstance of the pandemic we currently face. Finding new ways to stay connected has been key for many students.

Marcella Alfonso, a senior at Boston University and member of the BU Catholic Center, leaned on her campus ministry community during this time and shares her experience:

Before I found the BU Catholic Center, I was living my college life in black and gray, stuck in the monotony of schoolwork. But as soon as I became a part of the Center, color splashed back into my life and everything came alive for me.

My college experience has been anchored in the Center, and I feel so lucky to have found it. It’s been a wonderful journey.

During Holy Week, we were able to “zoom” with Cardinal Sean on Holy Thursday for a special prayer-continuing virtually an annual Holy Thursday student and alumni tradition. It offered a great sense of connection during this unusual time.

Early on in this pandemic, Fr. David Barnes, Director of the BU Catholic Center, started posting daily videos on social media because we all missed his homilies. I have been able to continue running a weekly bible study through Zoom, which has been interesting because I think my peers actually have been more open in this virtual space, and we are all connecting more as a group than we ever did when we met in person!

Faith teaches us to look beyond the things of the world, which has really helped me during this crisis. My faith has truly grown through my connection to the BU Catholic Center.

Marcella Alfonso, BU senior and member of the BU Catholic Center