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Faith-based groups helping college students


POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 7:47pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:29am

Faith-based groups at local universities have made quite the impact on our student community and just like lessons they learn in the classroom.

These values can be applied for years to come. We're told more and more students are getting involved in religious studies on campus.

"Many of the Founding Father's said we cannot have the freedoms we have in this country unless we have the moral standards of the Christian faith," said Father Paul Key, John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry.

Father Paul Key of says students need to think about what they want to base their life on. These two ministries serve students at UT Tyler, TJC and Texas College for prayer, bible study and more.

Theology has been a controversial topic on college campuses in parts of the country."If you don't go back to what God has established how can you have truth and how valid would your education be and how functional would your education be if you don't have truth."

We're told students need guidance. "I've asked students what has this center meant to you and they said it brings us peace, it brings us values it brings us security and as the discussion went on I found out about two of the 12 students in the discussion had attempted suicide before," said Father Paul Key.

Deacon Shaun Black says faith in college has saved students. "I can think of a couple of students who would not be here right now if it wasn't for this center and what were doing on campus in teaching God's word."

Students tell us they feel blessed and strengthened by faith-based groups. "It gives me a mission and calling for what I want to do in my career before I leave the college," said Keith Temporal, BSM Campus Intern.

Father key encourages the students to build their own relationship with God. "And a correct stewardship of what God has given us both of terms of our minds and sexuality they'll be much happier and successful," said Father Paul Key.

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Thank you for sharing. The quotes were edited. Everyone at the ministry is wonderful. I'm working on a story about marriage and divorce rates which will air in May. I'll be interviewing Father Key about pre-martial counseling. If you have interest in sharing your thoughts on camera please let me know.

Thank you,

Teresa Sardina

My daughter attends UT Tyler and is a member of the Catholic Campus Ministry. This is a great article. But I must say I am very disappointed in the lack of proof reading before you put something out on the web or in print. There are so many grammar mistakes. It makes everyone sound like they have no education.
Thank you for bringing some exposure to this wonderful ministry. They are a great group of kids and my husband and I come down regularly and visit with them and help where we can.

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