Turkey Fest, as it was appropriately called, occurred through DePaul Catholic Campus Ministry, or UMIN for short. This free event was courtesy of SAF-B funding (Student Activity Fee). Although I’m not Catholic, UMIN always puts on fabulous events that are available for anyone to attend regardless of their religious affiliation, or lack thereof.
I was a little apprehensive about attending a Catholic
University after I enrolled at DePaul. Having a pretty much nonexistent
religious upbringing, I wasn’t sure how “Catholic” the University would really
Events like the UMIN hosted Turkey Fest are a perfect example
of how the University handles its religious affiliation. While there are
certainly ways to get involved in Catholicism on campus, it’s also possible to
go through your four years here with no interaction with Catholicism at all.
Despite Turkey Fest being a UMIN event, there was really no Catholic element to
the dinner besides a small prayer before we started eating.
DePaul pushes for Vincentian values, rather than
Catholicism. Guaranteed you will hear the word "Vincentian" countless times while
at DePaul. What this basically means is that DePaul places an emphasis on
cultural, social, and ethical values in service to others. While everyone has
their own reason for doing service, DePaul encourages everyone to be a socially
DePaul also provides many opportunities to get involved in
service. From service trips abroad to the vast service sites DePaul partners
with, it’s easy to give back.
Whatever you’re up to this Thanksgiving, I hope it’s filled
with some good ol’ turkey and lots of stuffing! And don’t forget the pumpkin
pie : )