Welcome to College, lets go hiking!

Welcoming students here in Flagstaff is a whole new ballgame compared to any college I’ve been to or served at.

So far our team has collaborated with the Newman Center to host some incredible events to welcome new and old students to Flagstaff. These are great opportunities to create friendships and to grow in relationship with students who may not be seeking out the church on campus. But, who wouldn’t be up for a hike in some lava tubes?

Here are some events we have hosted or will host this week:

  • Campus-wide game of Fugitive (about 200 students showed up)
  • Hike through the lava tubes (a cave like structure)
  • Hiking with the Bishop
  • Turn around trip to California Six Flag’s amusement park Magic Mountain
  • Dunk contest on the courts outside the Newman
  • Ice cream social
  • Barbecues after Sunday Masses
  • Hike to Mount Humphrey

Anyone else wondering why you didn’t choose to attend NAU. At least for your freshman year? (Cause I know I am.)

Here are a few pictures from these first few weeks:

Meet our team! (Father Matt, Josh, Me and G, Julie, Mirna and Matthew)

The Newman Staff Retreat/Kickoff Meetings were at a beautiful camp near Morman Lake and the mountains!

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Students preparing to enter the lava tubes. (Photo credit: Aaron Wilson)Image

One of the post mass barbecues. (Photo credit: Erika Strom)

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Students and missionaries at the Student Activities Fair. (Photo Credit: Erika Strom)

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Sending Love and Hope from FLAG.

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This is Georgie

Meet G Man.

G can stand for goofy, gallant, gorgeous and Giorgio (his formal first name).

He is already a little man on a mission. He works hard all day to make people laugh, and to gain independence on the ground. If he’s not smiling he’s growling, he’s not much of a crier, so, when he does, my heart breaks. Right now he should wear a helmet because he gains a new bruise right in the middle of his forehead the minute the last one disappears.

George has changed my little world.

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