Facts of Life

Morality Motivates The majority of American adults performed some form of volunteer service in 2004 — and most volunteers said their motivation was to act on their moral values, according to a national Thrivent Financial for Lutherans survey. Fifty-seven percent of American adults said they had volunteered with a nonprofit organization or charitable cause in 2004, up nine percentage points from a year earlier.

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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.