Students climb to the CCM Summit

Definition of a summit: the highest point of a hill or mountain. 

10947171_10101936617918976_7978510841396975441_nThe fourth annual Catholic Campus Ministry Summit kicked off this past weekend at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, VA. Over 700 college students from around Virginia came to this 24-hour conference.

Shout-outs went to Virginia Tech, who brought the largest group of students (150), as well as UVA-Wise for driving the farthest (8 hours).

Ennie Hickman, a Missionary from Texas, was the main speaker at the event. He kicked off the event with an engaging talk on Friday night. He challenged the students to really develop an authentic relationship with Jesus. He told them that it wasn’t about the words they spoke, the shirts they wore, or the awesome people the met: it was about meeting Jesus face to face.DSC_2847


Saturday featured breakout session for separate guys and girls time. Later in the day, students were able to attended various workshops that focused on culture, missionary life, dating, religious life, the Mass, and many more. There was plenty of opportunity to go to confession as well. Many of priests of the Diocese came for several hours to hear students confessions.

Overall, there were 15 Youth Apostles in attendance from Virginia Tech, ODU, CNU,  NOVA, and from the Diocese. It was inspiring to see so many brothers participating in this awesome event.

Many of our brothers put in long hours to make this event successful and impact the lives of hundreds of college students. We look forward to next year’s Summit!

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