CSU-Pueblo campus ministry serves homeless in Pueblo

Catholic Campus Ministry, Packs For People

By Deacon Ben Davis
One of the keys to holding onto our Catholic faith during the college years is the opportunity to have positive experiences with others who share faith in Jesus. Catholic campus ministry focuses on these experiences that encourage students to take ownership of their faith and allow Jesus to transform their lives.

One of the ongoing projects campus ministry at CSU-Pueblo has been doing is providing for the needs of the homeless in our community. This helps students connect with their brothers and sisters in Christ and it puts a face on a problem that plagues our world. Many more people struggle with homelessness in Pueblo than I ever would have thought. The need is great but the willingness to help is greater. God has given me the gift of witnessing a large number of people come together and do their part to help people they didn’t even know. We have received help from some college students, many in the St. Joseph’s parish community, Men of Joseph, and members of the Pueblo community (some of whom don’t even profess a faith in any particular religion).

I have witnessed God work in so many ways that go beyond my own preconceptions. Our most recent event was a clothing and supply giveaway near the river trail along the Fountain Creek. This task seemed so big. I had doubts about how we were going to pull it off, but that’s where the miracle of combined effort came in and this turned out to be a wonderful event for everyone involved. Miracles happen when we answer God’s call and we are open to his will.

We would like to invite any and all parishes in the Diocese of Pueblo to participate in this project. We are able to accept donations of backpacks, tents, tarps, shoes/boots, and monetary donations at St. Joseph Parish, 1145 S. Aspen Rd Pueblo, CO 81006. Checks can be made out to St. Joseph Parish.