Father Joseph V. Corpora, CSC, ’76, ’83M.Div. | November 17, 2020
One of the first lessons that you learn in the seminary is that ministry to others is not a one-way street. That is, the one who is privileged to minister is also ministered to. The one who gives also receives.
Pope Francis has made famous the phrase “culture of encounter,” which simply means that I have something good to give to the other person, and the other person has something good to give me. Pope Francis has returned to this phrase over and over again in his addresses and in his writings.
This culture of encounter has certainly been the case with me in these days. On a Saturday morning, the Campus Ministry director, Father Pete McCormick, CSC, ’06M.Div., ’15MBA, called to tell me of the deaths of two of our first-year students, Valeria Espinel from Ecuador and Olivia Laura Rojas from Bolivia. Because I speak Spanish, he asked me if I would call the parents and give them this tragic news. He also told me of another student, Eduardo Jose Elias Calderon of the Dominican Republic, who was seriously injured and taken to the hospital.
In less than 24 hours, the parents of Valeria and Olivia and Eduardo were here on campus. I had the great privilege of accompanying them and family members and friends who traveled from Ecuador and Bolivia and the Dominican Republic to be with them. During our week together, they ministered to me as well. I learned so much from them.
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