Martin Luther King Student Center
Martin Luther King Catholic Student Center
Interfaith Prayer Service for the Start of the Spring Semester
At the beginning of the spring semester in January 2020, the MLK Catholic Student Center invited the campus ministers of all the denominations that serve the campus to join together for an Interfaith Praise and Worship Service to ask for God’s blessing on the new semester. Father Clark was joined by the Reverend Elenora Cushenberry of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church and the Wesley Center, Reverend Dale Flowers of the TJ Jemison Baptist Student Center and Mr. Ernest Bowman, Director of the SU Gospel Choir and a candidate for ministry with the Church of God in Christ. The SU Gospel Choir provided the music ministry. Faculty and students participated by reading Scripture and offering prayers. The service was followed by an opportunity for fellowship over jambalaya and salad. This marked the first time that all the campus ministries joined together for common prayer and fellowship.
Weekly Outreach to Students at Student Union
Each Thursday, Father Clark and lay campus minister, Wilfred Johnson, set up a table in the Student Union and spend a couple of hours be available to students who pass by. We stock the table with Bibles, pocket New Testaments, a book pf prayers and meditations we produced, rosaries as well as chips, candy, and cookies to sweeten the pot. Students stop to say hello, learn more about the MLK Catholic Student Center, find out time for Masses, or just talk about how they are doing. Our goal is to be visible and available.
Study Center at MLK Catholic Student Center
We have set up a room at the MLK Catholic Student Center for students to come and study. They are able to print projects and papers for free, access the Wi-Fi, and get some coffee and snacks. Study groups come to use our conference room for exam and project prep. It has become a favorite place for nursing students to study. Staff is always available for conversation. The chapel is open for prayer and reflection.
Once a Month Lunch
On the first Wednesday of each month, volunteers from Immaculate Conception Church cook lunch for students, faculty and whoever wants to drop by. This is a great way for our campus partners—the SU Gospel Choir, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the Student Government—to fellowship and network. Everyone looks forward to these monthly lunches.