MU students ‘ignite’ their faith at s’mores night – Marquette Wire

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The smell of s’mores, the sound of music and the sight of students gathering to pray could all be seen outside the Alumni Memorial Union on October 5.

Ignite Marquette is a campus ministry organization that aims to bring students together to strengthen their faith and provide opportunities for worship as a Marquette community. Every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8:30 p.m., students can expect an hour of inspirational speakers, prayer, and a safe place for reflection.

For Melanie Lang, a senior at the College of Health Sciences and co-director of the Ignite Marquette communications team, this s’mores night was a perfect example of what a typical Ignite gathering looks like.

“Our Ignite events invite all people to share in the community and fellowship with each other,” Lang said. “We always try to open the room up for discussion and we just like to spread positive vibes.”

Since some students may face new academic obligations and social distractions as soon as they enter campus. Ignite Marquette strives to help students find ways to sustain their faith away from home.

Donny Robbins, a junior from the College of Arts & science and A member of Ignite said that it is possible to grow your faith in college, as long as you are fully committed to doing so.

“It’s really about making my faith a number one priority,” Robbins said. “I pray everyone day, so it’s just time for me and God alone. I also do a lot of community things like attending Mass every Sunday and attending events like Ignite where I can connect with my faith and be around other people.

Although the organization is rooted in Catholic faith and prayer, Kayla DiFranco, a senior at the College of Business Administration and co-director of the Ignite Marquette communications team, said the idea shouldn’t put off students of other faiths. to get involved in Ignite.

“Ignite is one of the most welcoming places you can be,” DiFranco said. “We welcome people of all faiths, so it’s a great place to start if you want to start your religious journey.”

Freshmen are invited to attend Ignite events and experience a community that wants to support them in their transition to college life.

“One of our goals this year is to reach more freshmen,” Lang said. “Sometimes the first year at Marquette can be super daunting, so we want Ignite to be a band where they [first-year students] can find a very welcoming group of people as soon as they arrive on campus.

Asked about the plans and events Ignite has in store for this year, Robbins said students can expect a fun environment for everyone.

“Ignite is just a fun thing…it makes me want to come back,” Robbins said. “I look forward to each guest speaker as everyone brings something new to the table. I am also excited for some of the upcoming retreats.

While watching fellow students bite into s’mores and engage in conversations, DiFranco said the general learnings from these Ignite events are valuable for everyone.

“I hope that students who want to deepen their religious life can find a place where they can meet others who share these same beliefs and also share and talk with people who also have diverse beliefs,” DiFranco said.

Ignite weekly meetings are open to any student who can come and participate at any time, and no registration is required. obligatory. In the event that a student would like to experience Ignite but cannot participate in person, they are invited to join a virtual livestream via the Ignite Marquette Instagram: @ignitemarquette.

This story was written by Erin Howard. It can be attached to e[email protected]

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