Gobble, Gobble: Turkey Fest at DePaul

With finals now here and winter break right around the corner, I think that every DePaul student can appreciate the value of a home-cooked meal. Lucky for me, I was able to attend a free pre-Thanksgiving Day feast in our Student Center this past Sunday. It was quite delicious and definitely got me in the mood for Turkey Day.

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 be.

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 responsible leader.

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 : )


 
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