The Catholic University of America

Oct. 22, 2007

CUA's Student-Written Prayer Book Debuts

Copies of Now and Forever are handed out at the Pryzbyla Center.
Copies of Now and Forever, a student-written prayer book created by the Office of Campus Ministry, are available this week at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

Student ministers will be giving out copies of Now and Forever at a table in the lobby of the Pryzbyla Center Oct. 22 to 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Prayers in the book tackling student-oriented issues include: Prayer Before a Game, Before a Class, For a New Relationship, For My Roommate, and When Homesick.

"I am in awe of how our students pray and care for each other," writes Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., university chaplain and director of Campus Ministry in the book's preface.

"Now and Forever is just one more way for our students to share their faith with their friends," writes Father Schlageter, known on campus as Father Bob. "It is not a scholarly work, but a beautiful venue for our students to share their prayers as they journey through the wonderful and challenging adventure of college life."

Now and Forever features student-written prayers.
Father Bob enlisted the help of Rev. Paul Sullins, professor of sociology, to collect student written prayers and edit them for the publication. After CUA received copyright permission from the International Commission on English in the Liturgy to reprint the Office of Night Prayer (a devotion to which many CUA students are dedicated), 4,000 copies of the book were printed in September.

The second half of the 131-page book contains brief biographies of a dozen saints whom CUA students said they most admire. Each biography ends with a short prayer asking God for the particular virtues exhibited by the saint. The book also contains a section of more than 20 "Prayers That Have Lasted," including the Magnificat, the Angelus and the prayers of the rosary.

Father Sullins became involved in this project, he says, because "I think that scholarship or learning is only complete when it's an act of worship. If we don't offer what we are learning or doing to God, we are not going to be complete in our learning or working."

For more information about the books, call Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575.