Newman Baccalaureate Mass inspires ASU students to serve

ASUCatholic graduates from Adams State University were honored and blessed at a baccalaureate Mass held on May 8, Mother’s Day, at Sacred Heart Parish in Alamosa one week before Commencement.  All liturgical ministries, including music ministry, were performed by ASU students.   Fr. Michael Chrisman inspired the graduates with a call to be Christ-like in serving others.

Nursing major Katherine Wartman recalls having a feeling of “immense gratitude” during the Mass.   A young wife and mother of three, Wartman added, “Our faith helps us to see that our accomplishments come from Christ, and our knowledge and skills are to give to others.” 

Another graduate, Beth Streeter said, "It was comforting to graduates being reassured that God is always present in our lives, even in the unsure transitional period every student faces after graduating.  She continued, "Father Michael knows how to relate passages to struggles we go through today and is always encouraging."


Graduates represented majors in various fields including biology, chemistry, business, and Education.  Alamosa Knights of Columbus Council 2096, along with parish volunteers, provided a festive reception following the Mass where graduates could visit with family and friends.  The baccalaureate Mass and reception were coordinated by Newman Grizz Catholic student leaders Natalie Gonzales and Krystal Nuccitelli, in partnership with Catholic Campus Ministry at ASU.