MISHAWAKA—In the spring of 2020, COVID-19 hit our campus and sent us all home for the rest of the semester. One of the biggest things that was affected by COVID-19 was the spiritual life on campus. Chapels were held in a smaller capacity, there were no midweek groups, the list goes on and on of things that were affected.
“For two years the freshman haven’t had normal school.” Spiritual Life intern, Jacob Falk said. “With that comes a lot of change, and the want to be involved. I just see this new hunger, especially in the freshman class, but that has trickled into every other grade. They want to know more, grow deeper, and to just seek.”
This semester, however, things are different. COVID-19 restrictions are loosened, and we are back to a sense of normalcy. Chapel is back to normal, midweeks are back, and spiritual life activities are back on campus. Whether the event is scheduled or spontaneous, the uptick of spiritual life on campus is refreshing compared to what most students on campus have experienced due to COVID-19.
“I think it has been the result of a lot of intentional prayer,” Spiritual Life intern, Anne Garrett, said. “There have been people intentionally praying for the campus daily. That has been something that we have been pushing as a spiritual life team.”
As far as upcoming events go, the spiritual life team puts on Vespers every Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Kelly Auditorium. Lastly, there will be a prayer night on Oct. 16 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the Shiloh Prayer Chapel.