Greetings to the Flying Dutchman and any future Flying Dutchman!
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The parish of St. Francis de Sales extends to you a warm welcome and an invitation to worship at our parish. Over the years we have grown very fond of the students who come to be part of our parish during the years they’re in college. We do not view Hope students as visitors but as beloved members of our community. Hope College and St. Francis de Sales parish enjoy a covenantal relationship in which the parish staff and college’s campus ministry work closely together to minister to Catholic students. Both communities also pray for and support each other often in many other ways.
St. Francis de Sales is located on 13th street, about four blocks to the west of Hope. It is an easy distance to walk, although Catholic students in the past have been known to get access to the Hope College vans in the wintertime to avoid walking in the cold.
Hope students have been involved in parish life in many different ways. First and foremost by joining us in worship of God and fellowship at our weekend Masses. Some students enjoy sharing in liturgical ministry as ushers, lectors, choir and/or Eucharistic Ministers. Other students have become involved in our very dynamic youth ministry programs as mentors. The St. Benedict Institute, located at Hope College, is a ministry of the parish (see below).
As Catholic students at Hope, you have the opportunity to go to Mass on campus once per month. Also available are numerous opportunities to pray together with other Catholic students, go to a Bible study, or enjoy fellowship.
The best ways to get plugged into what is going on for Catholic students at Hope is to visit the Saint Benedict Institute website or to sign up for the Hope Catholics email list. You can do this by reaching out to email@example.com
To get involved in parish life, or simply to introduce yourself, email Tom Eggleston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (616) 392-6700 x104. He will be excited to meet you and direct you to whomever can help you best.
The Saint Benedict Institute is a missionary apostolate of St. Francis de Sales Parish. The Saint Benedict Institute seeks to promote and nurture intellectual work done from the heart of the Catholic Church, to foster an ecumenical community of Catholic Christians and friends committed to the renewal of culture, and to aid in the formation of intellectually and spiritually mature Christians by making available the riches of the Catholic tradition to Hope College, St. Francis de Sales, and the wider community.
For more information about the Saint Benedict Institute, please visit their website:http://saintbenedictinstitute.org/.