Hoya Faith Groups

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The Christian Ministries of the Office of Campus Ministry offer Hoya Faith Groups (HFG) as an invitation for students to explore questions and share experiences of faith in a community. HFGs set a supportive environment of 6-10 students led by a trained student facilitator.  Groups meet for 9 weeks, developing trust and authentic fellowship.  Groups are organized by topic, chosen to create meaningful and honest discussion about current life events that affect prayer and the spiritual life.  Rooted in an experience of community, HFGs create an opportunity to delve deeper into life and faith.  

Groups will begin the week of January 30th and run through the week of April 3rd.

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Faith and Social Justice: What Would Jesus Do?

Student Leader: Jonese Austin
Date/Time: Wednesday from 7-8pm

Life After Sunday: embracing faith and living authentically

Student Leader: Bryant King
Date/Time: Thursdays from 8-9pm

Life After Sunday: Embracing Faith and Living Authentically

Student Leader: Brittany Fried
Date/Time: Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00pm

Exploring the Gospel through Music

Student Leader: Jaquelin Martinez
Date/Time: Fridays from 3:30-4:30pm

Characters of Discernment: Faith, Passion and Finding a Path in Harry Potter and Star Wars

Student Leader: Brian Bies
Date/Time: Sundays from 7:30-8:30pm

Finding Your Spiritual Path: Prayer that Works for You

Student Leader: Carter White
Date/Time: Tuesdays from 8:15-9:15pm

It's in the Small Things

Student Leader: Nirmal Maitra
Date/Time: Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm

Magis: A Deeper Look Within

Student Leader: Kevin Perez
Date/Time: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00pm

The Image of God: Our Varying Cultural Lenses

Student Leaders: Ojuolape Junaid and Regina Titi-Ofei
Date/Time: Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm

Faith Group Topics

Faith and Social Justice: What Would Jesus Do?

We are living in a time of pain, suffering, and chaos throughout the world from Flint, Michigan to Aleppo, Syria, and as believers we should feel called to cry out for justice and to show love to those in pain. Through comparison of scripture and current events, each participant will develop their own understanding of the need to act in the face of injustice as believers just like Jesus did.

From Jonese: Deirdre "Jonese" Austin is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Culture and Politics with a focus/concentration in religion and social justice. She lives by the philosophy, "If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain," and her life goals are to serve God and serve other

Date/Time: Wednesdays from 7-8pm

Location: Copley Multipurpose Room (basement)

LIFE AFTER SUNDAY: embracing faith and living authentically

This group provides a community to explore developing faith on a college campus and making it a central piece of who you are and how you live.

From Bryant: F'18. "Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence." -- John Paul II

Date/Time: Thursdays from 8-9pm

Location: Healy G-01

LIFE AFTER SUNDAY: embracing faith and living authentically

This group provides a community to explore developing faith on a college campus and making it a central piece of who you are and how you live.

From Brittany: F'19. I grew up in Hong Kong and Singapore, and in a mixed faith household (Christian-Jewish). I aspire to live by Nelson Mandela’s message of peace and reconciliation, and his belief that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Date/Time: Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00pm

Location: St. William's Chapel

Exploring the Gospel through Music

As an art form that expresses joy, challenge, and individual experiences, music is ideal for exploring themes of faith. This group will explore different genres of music, worship styles, and lyrics with the goal of understanding spiritual questions and growing in faith.

From Jaquelin: Jaquelin Martinez is a sophomore in the College, studying Political Economy. Her hobbies include playing the guitar, journaling, and talking awkward pictures of her friends. Inspired by the joyful and loving message of the Gospel, she hopes to help other students grow in faith and come to live purposeful lives for Christ.

Date/Time: Fridays from 3:30-4:30pm

Location: Arrupe 8 Common Room

Characters of Discernment: Faith, Passion and Finding a Path in Harry Potter and Star Wars

This group will look at faith through the lens of passion in the characters of Harry Potter and Star Wars and how these characters use discernment along the way. Absolutely no prior knowledge of Harry Potter or Star Wars necessary.

From Brian: "Remember: Your focus determines your reality." --Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace.

Date/Time: Sundays from 7:30-8:30pm

Location: 1314 Leavey

Finding Your Spiritual Path: Prayer that Works for You

Life can be hard to keep track of. Sometimes it’s difficult to see what kind of journey we’re taking until we step back and reflect on where we’ve come from and think about where we might be headed. Together, we’ll discuss the various events, people and cultures that have shaped our spiritual paths and talk about finding dynamic forms of prayer to match the constantly shifting worlds around and within us. The direction of our discussions will flow to represent the emergent character of our group and the individual journeys of its members.

From Carter: I’m a senior in the College studying English and aspiring to write the next great Disney movie, if only they’d stop uploading new shows to Netflix. I love discovering new music and hearing people talk about their favorite books. My spiritual path has been full of stops and starts, moments when I’ve found genuine peace in religion, periods of serious doubt, and unexpected connections with traditions I hadn’t previously experienced. Each twist along the way has helped me to develop a better idea of who I am. I’d love to talk to you about how you got to who you are.

Date/Time: Tuesdays from 8:15-9:15pm

Location: Healy G-01

It's in the Small Things

Often times we turn to God in intense situations or for help in the "big things" in our life and we can sometimes forget that God is with us in all matters, whether they be big or small. This HFG will focus on looking at how at how God works and is present in our everyday lives, and the impact even a few minutes of prayer can have.

From Nirmal: Nirmal Maitra is a senior in the School of Nursing and Health Studies majoring in Human Science. His hobbies include soccer, reading, and Netflix. On campus, he is involved with Heroes for Hearts and The SIPS Fund. Comforted by how God is an ever-present friend, Nirmal hopes to help other students find and develop that comfort and grow in faith. “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.” – Dumbledore, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Date/Time: Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm

Location: St. William's Chapel

Magis: A Deeper Look Within

With the fast-paced, busy atmosphere on the Hilltop, it can be really hard to stop and just reflect on ourselves. With classes, clubs, and internships, we're convinced that there is no time left for ourselves. This group provides a space and time to focus on and explore your future direction, your personal relationships, your faith, and you.

From Kevin: Kevin Perez is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Regional Studies with a focus on Asia. Born and raised on Guam, his faith has always been a part of his life. St. Ignatius's message to "Go set the world on fire" has encouraged him to further incorporate his faith and Jesuit values into his daily life.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm

Location: St. William's Chapel

The Image of God: Our Varying Cultural Lenses

Christian practice is often heavily influenced by one's culture, be it subsets of the American culture, or even an international one. Through our group, we want to create an environment for students to share their unique cultural influences on faith and practice of it while also learning about new ones. We will be exploring the different expressions of the Christian faith as well as different ways to develop our faith.

From Regina and Ojuolape : Regina Titi-Ofei is a sophomore from Accra, Ghana studying Global Health in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her hobbies include trying out new food in the DC area and spending time with her friends. Ojuolape Junaid is a sophomore from the Bronx, New York studying STIA in the School of Foreign Studies. She loves dancing, reading and trying out vegan cuisine in her spare time.

Date/Time: Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm

Location: Arrupe 6 Common Room