When I first came to UAB I was not expecting to be involved with the St. Stephen’s community. I knew there was free pizza and a few bible studies, and I thought that sounded fun, so I figured I’d come by every once in a while. However, as my time as a blazer continued, I started meeting other Christians who seemed to be way more on fire for Jesus than I was, and the only difference I found was that I was Catholic, and they weren’t. As I began to think about stepping away from the faith, I also started to become better friends with one of the FOCUS missionaries on campus, Emily. I would bring all of my questions and doubts about the Church to her, and she patiently walked with me in that, while showing me they true joy and freedom of being a young Catholic living out her faith.
This propelled me to search for the truth more intentionally, and thankfully it was much closer than I could’ve imagined. Being surrounded by the missionaries and other students at St. Stephen’s, I began to fall in love with Jesus Christ and His Church. I went to a SEEK conference my freshman year and encountered 15,000 other Catholic, college students that loved Jesus, and I was in awe. I had no idea that existed, but I knew then that the Lord was doing big things in my life. I begged Him to help me, knowing that if I was going to live out my Catholic faith, I would need His strength. And thankfully we have a good Father who hears every little cry of our heart.
As time went on, the community at St. Stephen’s began to grow and it slowly became a home for me and many others. The missionaries continued to walk with me and help strengthen me in the Faith, as well as call me deeper into the mission of bringing others into the family of the Church. It didn’t take much convincing once I felt the Lord asking me to give Him two years of my life serving as a FOCUS missionary, bringing students like me closer to Him. As a student, I had no idea what I was missing, from knowing the fullness of Truth in His church to the beauty of living the adventure that is a life with Him.
My deepest desire was and still is to share that truth, and the truth of our deepest identity as sons and daughters with other students. It is overwhelming to think that just one yes of a missionary 5 years ago ultimately changed my life forever. I am beyond humbled to be a small chain in His mission of bringing abundant life and love to other students, and I am praying that whatever the Lord is calling you to, He would give you the courage to say yes. And I fully believe that your yes can, and will, change everything.
Katie Sherman, UAB, class of 2020, FOCUS Missionary at the University of Louisville
My first year at Birmingham-Southern College was a totally fresh start. I moved from Indiana to Alabama, knowing no one and having no idea what to expect, but God took this opportunity to show me He is an intimate and deeply personal God. My time in Birmingham, especially at St. Stephen’s, has shown me that there is not a part of my life that God has not carefully, and lovingly, organized and filled with grace to the point of overflowing.
I won’t lie, most of my freshman year was very difficult. I came from a very tight-knit community of friends in high school and it did not prove easy to adjust to having almost no one. I never gave up hope though, because I knew that God would provide me with all that I needed. And He did! As He always does! Slowly but surely, I became more involved with the new Southern Catholic group on my campus, the community at St. Stephen’s, the Alabama Awakening Retreat, and further down the line, I was blessed to spend more time with the Poor of Jesus Christ, and the Sister Servants of St. Francis. Time and time again, I was hit with deluges of people who loved me. God really said, “See? I will never leave you lonely for long.”
As I was wrapping up my sophomore year, I expected that my summer would be spent doing research at my school, but, like the rest of us, the pandemic uprooted all my plans. Fr. Altonji had several times mentioned to me that I might like being a Totus Tuus missionary, but I had always thought, “Oh maybe next year,” or “I can’t because I have to use my summer for my education.” Excuses, excuses!
I decided on a whim to apply. Birmingham missionary spots filled up quickly, so my application was sent to the international office where it was picked up by the director of youth ministry of the diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, John DeLaporte!!! Very soon, I was surrounded by 11 strangers who would soon become some of the dearest people in my life. As a Totus Tuus missionary, it was literally my job to love my 1st-6th grade students in the day program and my teens in the night program. Whether I wanted to or not, every day was spent actively loving others with an intensity that I never had before. A single act of charity has a power that reaches infinitely in all directions. Here, I was “forced” to live charitably 25/8. Even I could see how my service was not only affecting the kids before me, but also my fellow missionaries and myself. As love is not a one way street, there were parts of my life that I didn’t plan on bringing to Totus Tuus, and they were affected by this love which happened to be my work. Every day, my coworkers/friends and I were blessed to see the Lord working in little and big ways. God was revealing to us again and again that it was not random that all of us were placed there, together, in that summer - but that he called each of us by name.
I am excited to see the fruits of this past summer continue to blossom in the months and years to come. I know that the effects of the charity in which I was blessed to partake will be long-lasting and far-reaching. I am excited to see how I can take this experience back to the St. Stephen's and the greater Birmingham, Catholic community.
It was part of God’s beautiful and intimate plan that I come to Alabama, and it was part of His plan that I go to Missouri, AND it is a part of His plan that you are where you are right now. I thank Him for the opportunity to participate in this plan and I cannot wait to see where the He takes me next. Thank you to the community of St. Steve’s who played, and continues to play, a significant role of showing the love of God to me and all who go through their doors. It is an honor and a pleasure to count myself among your numbers.
Hannah Lafiosca, Birmingham-Southern College, Class of 2022
I remember my time actively searching out the Catholic Blazers at the Student Organization Expo at orientation. I saw them and immediately signed up. I never knew that inputting my information into that small electronic tablet would change my life so completely and open various doors of opportunity for me – for friendship, increase in faith, and much more. I was raised Catholic, but I feel like I never truly lived my faith out the way I should have. Nor did I completely understand my faith, and boy did I quickly figure out that I would still be learning so much more for the rest of my life! My family and I occasionally attended Mass when we felt like it, and I went to CCD most of the time. I barely experienced the beauty of Confession, and I never realized what Adoration was until my first experience at SEEK2019! Now, Adoration has become one of my favorite times to rest and speak with the Lord, and I’ll explain why this is so important to me in my faith journey.
When I began college, I knew that something was missing, but I didn’t know quite what it was. I think God was pushing me in the right direction to fulfill my deepest desires, because he led me to St. Stephen’s. I looked up the Mass schedule and challenged myself to just attend weekly Sunday Mass – my first stepping stone of my lifelong faith journey! I wanted to stay consistent. This is also what prompted me to seek out a new community that would help me be accountable. I found the Catholic Blazers on Engage and found them at orientation, and I signed up. I didn’t really know what they had in store for me, but I knew that I needed a good community to walk with me on this journey.
My first Mass at St. Stephen’s was definitely an experience unlike any other. I was greeted warmly by two lovely ladies who gave me a name tag, and I heard the beautiful music played at Mass by the exceptional choir we have. I remember looking around and telling myself, “There is something special here, and I don’t know what it is… but I kind of like it.” After Mass, Ben Pluta, a FOCUS missionary during that time at UAB, asked for students to sign up for a Bible Study. I had never been in my own Bible Study before, but it must have been the Holy Spirit that prompted me to sign up for my very first Bible Study, because I remember signing up for one that very day. Through this Bible Study, I found a community of people that were striving to be holy saints, and their eagerness inspired me.
Now, all of this was a great start for someone who never really had this type of community or experience with Christ before, but it was when I attended SEEK2019 in January of my Freshman year that inspired me to really pursue a life of holiness. At SEEK, I attended Confession for the first time in years. Let me just tell you that I had no idea what I was doing, and standing in a long line for a while intimidated me. However, God’s presence at that conference gave me courage – He gave me strength. I desired Jesus in my heart, and I longed for his grace. My faith became tested even further on this trip, because I received a call during my trip that my grandfather passed away suddenly. For the first time in a long time, I turned to Jesus to comfort me.
That night, I experienced the Body of Christ in a new way during Adoration. It was my first time at Adoration, and I laid down all my worries, pains, and trials to Him during that full hour of grace. The time I spent speaking to the Lord about my loss and hurt revealed my deepest wounds, but it also opened up the infinite amount of grace and love that the Lord had for me in that given moment. I experienced the glory of God and felt so near to His pure heart in that very moment. After that trip, I became more deeply involved in my community and in my faith. I desired for others to experience Christ so intimately similar to the way I experienced Him, but I know that everyone’s connection to Him will look just a little bit different.
After writing this out, I have found that my faith journey has grown so significantly in just three years. I never would have thought that joining St. Stephen’s and the Catholic Blazers would lead me to where I am right now today. I am so blessed and thankful for this journey that I have walked on with every person I have encountered during my time here in this beautiful community. I have found that sainthood and holiness is possible here. I have found the people that inspire me to be my very best self. I know that St. Stephen’s has “something special” unlike any other parish.
Most importantly, I know that my journey doesn’t end here, but it’s a grand start to something beautiful.
Rachel Moore, UAB, class of 2022
It was Friday evening. I hopped into the car and drove down to the retreat center, and immediately began listening to talks. I remember that before I arrived, I really did not have any expectations. I was just anticipating this to be a normal retreat that re-ignited my faith; but other than that, I was not expecting this retreat to do much.
So the night continued, and God began to show me the parts of my heart that were hurting and needed healing. All of my wounds and fears that I have buried began to appear. My soul was aching to be healed, a healing that can only come from Christ.
That night I gave it all up to God and He accepted it. He showed me the enormous love He has for me. After laying everything down at God’s feet and trusting Him with my life, I was able to open up and accept the wounds that I had buried. He brought so much peace and joy into my life, a peace that I could only gain through Him.
The atmosphere of Awakening only helped. Coming to college and being by yourself for the first time is really hard, and often it is challenging to see the love that God has surrounded you with. While I was at Awakening, I was able to see the amount of love God has for me, for the first time. The amount of love these people had was more astonishing, and it only made me realize how much more God’s love for me was: TO THE MAX.
-Anthony Gordillo, UAB, class of 2024
It is very common, as humans, to abuse our free will, and think that our plan is the plan. I am very guilty of this, but what happened became a rock to set my faith in. My name is Jonah Celeski. I am a sophomore? Junior? At UAB. I’m from Huntsville, Alabama. I am a brother of the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, more commonly known as FIJI. Some of you may know me as the guy with the funny hair that sings at Thursday Mass. This is my faith story.
Growing up, I was, like many of us, a good Catholic kid. Besides the occasional rebellion, my faith was strong, and it showed in my actions – and then came high school. Somewhere along the way, because of my demeanor, people began to stereotype me as somebody who was, to say the least, not very religious. If you want to ask me what stereotype, come talk to me in person. Regardless, I began to live up to the stereotype, because that is who I thought I was. I remember at one point that my best friend told me about somebody finding out I was Catholic. He said they were surprised and they thought I was an atheist! This hit me hard, but not hard enough. I continued to make bad decisions, and my faith suffered because of it. This continued until senior year, when I decided to get my act together so I could join the military without any trouble. At this point, I was so far in, and so deep in guilt, that I actually couldn’t believe that anyone, let alone God, loved me. I was stuck in a weird, backwards, twisted, prideful ditch, and I couldn’t get myself out alone. I couldn’t bring myself to receive Communion, even directly after Confession and penance. I felt that it would all be over once I joined the military and left my hometown. Now, as for the military…
The U.S. Army was my key to unlock the ideal life I had in mind. I’ve wanted to go into the medical field for as long as I can remember, and my dad introduced a round-about way that would mean the whole thing would be monetarily free. It sounded too good to be true! I decided on that early on and when it came time to take my ACT, I didn’t because I didn’t need to! I was joining the U.S. Military, baby! The summer of 2018 came around, I had graduated high school, I had just gotten my National Certification of Emergency Medical Technicians, and I thought I was headed into the army as a 68N cardiovascular technician. We started hitting some roadblocks with my recruiter, and next thing I knew, it was the fall, I was jobless, I was friendless, and I was painfully alone. I finally got the call to get to the recruiting office ASAP! They told me they were sending me to the medical processing center so I could get the signing and swearing in process started. What happened next quite literally changed my life.
I failed the hearing test. Twice. I never saw it coming. I have acoustic trauma that keeps me from hearing the frequencies that the army needs of their soldiers. The significance of this is that I never had just one incident that messed my hearing up. All my life I’ve been around guns, loud cars, football stadiums, loud music, lawn mowers, pressure washers, motorcycles, you name it. If it was loud, my friends liked it, and we made it louder by not wearing hearing protection. This is my fault, and it was dumb for us not to be smarter. All these things that happened years before I tried to join the military prevented me from actually joining. There are few coincidences in life, and they are rarer when they are reoccurring and so significant that they turn your life upside down. This was a wake-up call from God, and the military wasn’t the plan.
To keep this short, after many months of emotional pain from not knowing what I was going do with my life, I ended up here at UAB, which was once again a small chance. I almost didn’t come UAB, and the only reason I listed it on the ACT website was because I was prompted to add another college to my list. I’m here now, and I’m doing my best to find out why. There is no possible way that the things that happened to me were coincidental. I saw the power of the Lord and decided to bow to it.
Take every moment you have and live in it completely. Don’t plan so hard for the future because whatever is divinely written into existence is going to happen, and you don’t know if that is your plan or not. Have no expectations. Face your fears. Do that thing you’re scared of. Dance in the rain. Kiss your loved ones. Ask someone on a date. Hike a mountain. Run a marathon. Learn guitar. Whatever it is, get off your phone and go experience life. You are not on your own terms, and you will never know what’s next.
-Jonah Celeski, UAB, class of 2022
“You guys should come to St. Stephen’s sometime!” These words out of a now treasured friend’s mouth were definitely some of the last that I wanted to hear upon entering into college. While I was planning on still attending Sunday Masses, I had never thought about diving in any deeper than that. I was standing in shallow water, and I was completely fine with that. I had heard about college being the best years of one’s life, and I was ready to live it up. Having struggled with anxiety and panic attacks, I longed to be free from all fear and control. I had my mind made up about who I was and who I was going to be, and I had all my plans laid out in my head. I was ready to embrace and live life to the fullest. Little did I know that I had no idea what that actually meant. Thankfully, God made it evident that He also had a plan - one that is so much better than anything I could have imagined.
All the plans that I had laid out in my head instantly shattered into a schmillion pieces the first time I set foot inside St. Stephen’s and was greeted by humans I never knew existed. I grew up Catholic, attended Sunday Masses, and even went to a Catholic school. I was constantly surrounded by God’s message, constantly reminded of His love, and yet I never truly believed/experienced it until encountering God in His presence and love through these wonderful beings. To hear about the light of Christ shining through His creation is one thing, but to be a witness to this light burning brightly in others is completely different. I found myself being drawn to this light, and wanting so badly to shine too. I could hear God’s voice calling me closer and closer, but looking at the people around me, I did not know how I was to ever compare. They were so full of love, so fully open - all the things I was scared to be. I was not open to the gifts God is longing to give all of us. I was closed off - placing a limit on the love of God, thinking He could only love those who rightly loved Him too. I could feel and see His love through others, but I did not know how to receive it. When I tried, I still found myself (and still find myself) clinging on to my own desires, plans, and wants. I knew I needed help giving everything over to God. It was then I realized that I was trying to do what no one can do without the grace of God. I had to surrender to Him in the place that I was - a place of weakness and confusion. It was not until I embraced my weakness, my monstrous ways, my brokenness, that God started working and transforming me. Only then could I receive God’s love and truth into my heart - when I realized that to live is to live in Christ.
It took me way too long to realize that my life is not mine to live. To learn that surrender to the will of God is the only way to be at peace. To dare to hope in something greater -the true wants and desires placed on human hearts. To dive into relationships that will leave you open and vulnerable, but full of so much joy and love. To let love lead me on a never-ending adventure. To embrace the little deaths of life - thousands of deaths every single day for the greater glory and purpose for which I am called. To push back against insecurities and fear that ultimately do nothing but harm. To be okay with not knowing anything - and to understand that a lot of the time I am not supposed to. To seek the face of God in everyone and everything around me. To experience the beauty of a true fulfilling presence - and to allow myself to be filled with it. To be constantly learning, searching, and listening for His voice. To not be afraid, to share these truths with others, and to recognize that I will constantly fail at doing all of these things (and more) for the rest of my earthly life.
I would have never come to these realizations without the grace of God and surrounding myself with people who allowed Him to work through them. I now know what it means to be set free in Christ - to know that the journey towards the kingdom is one that will never end on this earth. Without St. Stephen’s, FOCUS missionaries, authentic friendships, and most importantly the abiding presence of God, I do not know where I would have ended up. Probably somewhere thinking I was free and living my life to the fullest - and oh how wrong I would be. Here’s to the never-ending journey and seeking, growing, learning, and transforming! Here’s to truly living life to the fullest!
-Jessie Clark, UAB, class of 2022
I was born and raised Catholic. I went to Catholic school from kindergarten through eighth grade and religion class was more of an extra history lesson to me. It was boring, church was boring. When I started going to public high school, I didn't have many Catholic friends. I went to church every Sunday with my family and we prayed together occasionally, but that was the extent of my prayer life. I didn’t have a great community to help me learn and grow in my faith. When there were youth groups or bible studies, I would rarely attend them, and I wasn’t comfortable enough to participate. My faith was not my top priority, and towards the end of my senior year, I began to realize how detrimental my life would be if I didn’t change this.
I am currently attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham. When I got to UAB’s campus I decided I would change my prayer life for the better. I knew of St. Stephen’s and was lucky enough to have friends already involved in the Catholic community there. I joined a bible study and started attending events like Abide and Adore and Thursday Mass and dinner. I felt welcomed and loved. The St. Stephen’s community gave me a sense of what being Catholic actually meant. I was encouraged to go to Adoration, daily Mass, and retreats. Before college, I didn’t have a group of people to help me in my walk toward Christ; but at St. Stephen’s, everyone was encouraging and more than willing to share Christ’s love. I could tell this was a group of people who were actively striving to live out their faith and bring people closer to God. St. Stephen’s was the Christ-centered fellowship I had been missing my whole life.
I have only been attending UAB for a year, but I have already grown so much in my faith and in my love for the Catholic Church. The community at St. Stephen’s helped me realize why I was Catholic. I went from dreading Sunday Mass to going almost every day. Being taught about the beauty of the Mass and the Eucharist made me realize how incredibly magnificent it is. Mass is nowhere near boring to me now. The person I was in high school and the person I am today are so very different. My priorities have been changed for the absolute best. I can honestly say my life became much more joyful, brighter, and full of love when I was shown the beauty of Christ’s love again. My first year at St. Stephens revealed to me how loved I am, and I cannot thank the St. Stephens community enough for that. I can't wait to see what God has planned for my future at UAB and St. Stephens. I know it will be absolutely beautiful!
-Julianne Naro, UAB, Class of 2023
Hi! My name is Elizabeth Stephens and I am an incoming sophomore at UAB! St. Stephens has played a huge role in my faith journey this past year. Before coming to college, I hadn’t really heard of FOCUS or their missionaries, and the first time I met them, I didn’t even realize who they were. I met Karly, Sarah, and Carissa at a women’s night hosted at Carissa’s house. They were so friendly, welcoming, and personable. They made me feel welcome when I wasn’t sure if I would be able to transition into a new prayer community. As I got to know them throughout the next year, I began to witness the beautiful and personal relationships each of these wonderful people had with God, and learn how to deepen my relationship with God. There were very few times I would head to St. Stephen’s and not find a FOCUS missionary there either in prayer, playing pool with students, or discipling. They are always so happy to give advice on how to go deeper into prayer, go over a passage in the bible with me and pray for me, which are things I deeply appreciate. I have had so many good times and conversations with them, both faith-related and not, and I cherish my relationships with them.
The FOCUS missionaries evangelize with students on our campus green once a week, and I decided to go join them in this after my classes to see what it was like. I knew God was calling me to reach out to my fellow students in some way so that they could encounter Him, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I was really nervous to be praying publicly in a place where so many of my peers hung out, since I didn’t know how they would feel if I shared my faith with them. While the women prayed a Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet for everyone on campus, the men went out and asked other men if they needed prayers. After praying, we went and asked the women on campus if they needed someone to pray for them. The missionary I was with never pressured me to speak, but only encouraged me to pray with them and be bold in my faith. Eventually, I felt enough courage to approach someone who needed prayers, and it was a very moving moment. I was reminded by the FOCUS missionaries how much those around me need, just as much as I do, a Christ-like gesture. Because of them, I have gained the boldness that I need to approach others with Christ’s love.
I am so grateful for our FOCUS missionaries and I can’t wait to get to know them better in these next couple of years!
-Elizabeth Stephens, UAB, class of 2023
Before I came to college, I don’t think I fully believed the words “God has a plan for you.” I had heard it before and probably had said it many times myself, but I am sure now that those were half-spoken or half-believed words. After being at UAB for two years, and specifically being a part of the St. Stephen’s community, I have come to realize that God does have a plan for me, and for you as well.
Coming to college was definitely a transition. I come from a family of seven, so living on my own and going to Mass on my own was completely new territory. I went to St. Stephen’s not knowing anyone, and to be honest, it took a few times to get really comfortable there. It was at St. Stephen’s, and being with the people I have met there, that I have come to recognize that God has a specific purpose and plan for my life and every single person’s life in the world.
Being a part of the community at St. Stephens has opened many doors for me, not only academically and socially, but most importantly, spiritually. It’s through being involved there that I came to be a core-team member for the St. Francis Xavier Middle School Youth Group; I was led to study abroad in Italy; and I applied, and was accepted, to serve as a Totus Tuus missionary last summer. I have switched majors a few times and now know what I want to do with my life (ha-ha, I think). I have met some of the most wonderful and faith-filled humans who have become some of my greatest friends and call me higher as a person, and as a child of God.
Most importantly I have become more involved and more on fire for my Catholic Faith than I have ever been in my life. I began going to Eucharistic Adoration, Confession and daily Mass on a regular basis (after some time and many persistent invitations); I became a sacristan, which has completely transformed the way I view and participate in Mass; I not only joined a bible study, but also led a bible study (shout out to Mabry and Ana!), and just showed up at events going on at St. Stephen’s. It is through some incredible FOCUS missionaries, priests, bible study leaders, friends that turned into roommates, and many brothers and sisters in Christ (a lot of whom I was given the privilege of meeting at or through St. Stephen’s!) that I am able to continually seek Christ, and have a yearning to share my faith with others.
I remember being hesitant to choose UAB, none of my friends were going there, and I honestly had no clue what I wanted to do… it wasn’t looking too good. But through the grace of God, I am getting ready to head back for my third year. Going into this year, I find an enormous amount of joy, consolation, and confidence in the fact that my Heavenly Father has placed me here with a purpose! I look back on my time so far at UAB, being a part of the community at St. Stephen’s, building Christ-centered friendships with people who are leading me to Heaven, continuously growing in my faith, laughing and crying, and I realize what a blessing it has been in my life, and will continue to be in my life. I am so thankful for a community like St. Stephen’s. Every day has its ups and downs, and while I have no idea what the future holds, I live every day knowing that God has placed me where I am. He has put amazing people in my life, and this brings me incredible peace.
-Marilou Jackson, UAB, class of 2022
After graduating high school, I was sad to leave my parish youth group and fearful that college ministry would not be as vibrant. Saint Stephen the Martyr Campus Ministry far exceeded my expectations and truly deepened me in my faith. Not only did I have a deepening of my faith, looking back now on my time in college, I can truly say it was the reason that I was able to keep the Faith at a secular university. Saint Stephen’s has such a vibrant community of Catholic, college students; not only the students at UAB, but also the other Birmingham colleges of Samford and Birmingham-Southern College. This community of Birmingham, Catholic, college students readily welcomed me into, not only fellowship, but also lasting friendships that I will I carry with me for the rest of my life and into eternity.
One of my first memories of St. Stephen’s was when I attended an Adoration night the week before Fall classes began. I had visited the chapel before a few times, but the space didn’t quite make sense until I was there before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Having that time to rest with the Lord in the peace and stillness of the sanctuary, while the busy city of Birmingham continued rushing about below, was a strong assurance that His graces would continue to be with me as I began my college career. The chapel changed in my eye from a jarring space that was kind of awkward to a beautiful place that was comforting within the context of the Eucharist. The graces of that night were not only spiritual. After Adoration, I got to meet some of the students, but since school had not yet begun, there was nothing else going on at the chapel. So, a large group of us decided to go to Chick-Fil-A and spend time together. I truly felt welcomed into the group and have continued to feel that way since.
Saint Stephen’s is truly blessed to be a mission out of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, the seat of the diocese. As such, a university student is exposed to the many wonders contained within the Diocese of Birmingham. While discerning a vocation to the priesthood of this diocese, I took full advantage of this privileged position and was plugged into several parishes throughout the diocese, regularly making retreats with student groups to EWTN, Saint Bernard’s Abbey, Casa Maria, and events happening at Our Lady of Sorrows, Holy Rosary, and Saint Paul’s. It was the greatest gift to be introduced, not only to the community of Saint Stephens, but also to Catholic life within Birmingham. This college ministry is not only on an evangelical, apologetic, or catechetical mission, but also on a mission of serving the students’ needs for a strong support group of fellow believers, and building the student up in the four pillars of formation: intellectual, pastoral, human, and spiritual. My time at St. Stephen’s has not only made me a better Catholic, but an altogether better person.
-Mark Moore II, UAB, Class of 2020
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