Campus ministry library to be dedicated to the bishop

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The library in the Catholic Campus Ministry of George Mason University in Fairfax is a place where students can check out books on theology, gather for meetings or simply spend time with one another. Recently, the Catholic community named the library in honor of its shepherd of 17 years, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde.

"The bishop was a campus minister for many years as a priest and has always had a heart for campus ministry," said Mason Campus Minister John More. "I've been working here for 13 years and over that time I've seen his tremendous support for campus ministry, even just looking at the building and the staff the diocese supports here."

Bishop Loverde visits the Catholic students at George Mason at least twice a year, once to celebrate Sunday Mass in the fall, and then to confirm new converts to the faith in the spring. This year, he confirmed four students April 21 at the St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel. "You can just tell when he's here he loves being with the students," said More.

Each time he comes, the community presents the bishop with a gift, often a campus ministry T-shirt, but they hope the library dedication is a little more meaningful, said More. "So much of what goes on here is due to his leadership."

In addition to adding a commemorative plaque by the door, "We plan on asking the bishop his favorite books so we can have them in our library," said George Mason Chaplain Father Peter Nassetta.

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© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016