Growth in Charity

THE NUMBER OF tax-exempt organizations in the United States — charitable, religious, educational, scientific and literary — grew 74% from 1987 to 1998. The number of volunteers for all charitable, social welfare and religious organizations (some not tax-exempt) rose from 93 million in 1995 to 109 million in 1998.

Number of tax-exempt organizations

Source: Rasmussen Research/Portrait of America, cited by Prolife Infonet, July 24

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.