As Father Buening prepared for Sunday Mass that first weekend at Towson, he wondered if anybody would show up.
“I was getting nervous,” he remembered. “Then, the chapel filled up.”
His mission for active Catholics is to “not let them drift away in the first place,” as well as to evangelize those with little to no foundation in the faith.
Following an April 20 noon Mass and lunch, Father Matthew Buening, chaplain at Towson University, joins students Peter Myers, Luke Koski, and Zach Albers for a walk on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. Father Buening became chaplain at the Baltimore County campus during the 2015 fall semester as part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s college campus ministry efforts. (Kevin J Parks/CR Staff)
“I hit a low point, you could say, and then I went to Newman,” he added. “It was kind of scary walking up that dark driveway by myself, but everyone inside was so cheerful and so joyful.”
Small in numbers, yet strong in faith, members of the Catholic community at Towson University attend the April 20 noon Mass celebrated by Father Matthew Buening at the West Village Commons. Father Buening was assigned to the Baltimore County campus during the 2015 fall semester as part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s college campus ministry efforts. (Kevin J Parks/CR Staff)
For more information on the Newman Center at Towson University, visit tucatholic.com.
To see the video from The Catholic review’s visit to the Newman Center, click here.