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.

Like a Duck in Water

We took Georgie swimming today. He loved the water. Mostly, he just loved watching the other swimmers, and hitting the water over and over and over again. It was so much fun to watch him be a kid.

Now, we’re home and he’s crawling around in a clean oversized t shirt after a warm, post swim shower. I feel really blessed right now, and I think he does too. Josh definitely does (since I’m letting him nap for a while).

(My phone camera doesn’t work, so we didn’t get good pictures from the pool. Bummer! Here’s a few from when we got to the car.)

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