Stepping Up: Fr. Bill Christy, Campus Ministry
Stepping Up: Fr. Bill Christy, Spiritan Campus Ministry
As University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry, the Rev. Bill Christy, C.S.Sp. is used to celebrating Mass and providing in-person counsel to support members of Duquesne's campus community. Despite the challenges the Duquesne community now faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fr. Bill has continued to be a reminder of the University's strength and togetherness, although physically apart.
Prior to student move-out, Fr. Bill wrote a simple message of inspiration around campus on windows and sidewalks to promote solidarity among the Duquesne community. The message left students, parents, faculty and staff feeling uplifted, despite the disappointment of leaving campus mid-semester.
"What Fr. Bill chalked on the campus is inspirational and still relevant today," observed Rev. Ray French, C.S.Sp. "Be Patient, Be Kind, Be Brave and Have Faith!"
The message also inspired the University to release a video reflecting the spirit of Duquesne during this difficult time.
Since Duquesne transitioned to remote instruction, Fr. Bill has been offering one-minute long daily reflections almost daily on Spiritan Campus Ministry's YouTube channel, which have been shared to Campus Ministry's social media accounts.
His reflections offer Biblical readings, prayer and hope on topics ranging from Jesus' sacred heart to serving others. In his reflections, Fr. Bill reminds the campus community that we are united in spirit, despite current circumstance.
"The Spirit continues to lead us and the Spirit continues to guide us in these times of uncertainty," said Fr. Bill during his May 4 reflection. "Our only constant is that we will be led by the Spirit."
Thank you, Fr. Bill, for providing much-needed support and encouragement!
We're recognizing individual Duquesne employees who are going above and beyond in their job duties (beyond transitioning to online services) to serve our students, our campus and local community during these uncertain times. To submit an individual for nomination, email Emily Stock at email@example.com.
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