BY MELISSA SOLANO
As it stands, there are currently 23 women’s and 23 men’s households on campus at Franciscan University of Steubenville. As of April 27, there will be two new households activating next year, one re-activating and unfortunately two going inactive.
Corpus Christi is a new men’s household that will be activating at the Household Life Mass coordinated by sophomore theology/catechetics major Tommy Shultz and Jacob Popcak, a sophomore double-major in psychology and communications.
“Corpus Christi is the first household to be centrally focused on the Theology of the Body,” said Popcak, referencing the work of Blessed John Paul II.
The charisms of the household include self-donation, dignity, joy and passionate love.
“We are a group of young, passionate men dedicated to living out lives of purity with joy, dignity and service, and the meaning of chastity as the Catechism defines it- ‘the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being (CCC 2337),'” said Popcak.
Corpus Christi will be located on the second floor of St. Francis Hall.
Crown of Creation, a women’s household, will also be activated at the same time as Corpus Christi. The coordinators of this household are Esther Lim, a freshman psychology and theology major, and Haley Ketschke, a freshman early childhood education /intervention specialist major. This household shares the main charism of Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body as its central theme, though the two households were brought about and preceded completely separately from one another.
Though Crown of Creation will share a similar theme to Corpus Christi, it explains it completely different.
“Our household focuses on being a true woman of God by living out Blessed John Paul II’s teachings on Theology of the Body,” said Lim and Ketschke. “We aim to live out the Theology of the Body message by recognizing that we are created in the image and likeness of God for interpersonal communion and are called to use our God-given dignity to be spiritual mothers. We strive to lift each other up.”
The household will be located on the first floor of Marian, on the newly renovated wing.
“We strive to shine the true light of Christ by recognizing that we are His beautiful crowns of creation,” added Lim and Ketschke.
The third household, Daughters of Zion, was previously present here on campus, but fell inactive. It will be re-activating for the upcoming school year. They have slightly readjusted their covenant, and will be coordinated by Jenna Millen.
Unfortunately, there are two households that will not be returning for the fall semester. Warriors of Light, men’s household, and Acceptance with Joy, a women’s, will become inactive due to only having one or two members returning to campus for the fall semester.
“Acceptance with Joy is actually the second-oldest women’s household, going all the way back to the mid or late 70’s,” said the Rev. Gregory Plow, TOR. “With the three new and two outgoing households, Franciscan will have a net increase from 47 to 48 households beginning in the fall of 2013,” he said.