University Catholic’s upcoming gala will be an opportunity to celebrate everything God is accomplishing through the Diocese of Nashville’s campus ministry.
“Please join us for an inspirational evening,” said Father Gervan Menezes, diocesan director of campus ministries and pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Cookeville. “You will be encouraged to see the joy and faith of these young college students and leave with great hope for our Church.”
The third annual University Gala will be held on Saturday, April 15, at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 2800 McGavock Pike in Nashville. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers served.
The evening will feature testimonies and entertainment from students and alumni of the program, as well as a dinner catered by the Clean Plate Club. Bishop J. Mark Spalding will also be there as a special guest.
Father Menezes is excited for the opportunity to tell the story of University Catholic, and how it has transformed the lives of University Catholic students and alumni. Students will be there to greet guests, to serve the meal, to provide entertainment, and to share testimonies. “This won’t be a typical, boring event,” he says.
University Catholic is hoping to have at least 150 people in attendance at the gala. Tickets and table sponsorships can be found online at universitycatholic.org/gala. Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorships are $1,000. Business attire is expected. Guests are asked to enter the building through entrance 4 at the Catholic Pastoral Center.
University Catholic is the official Catholic campus ministry for the diocese, with ministries at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Aquinas College in Nashville, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, and The University of the South at Sewanee.
Its purpose is to invite students into a deeper relationship with Jesus and form them into becoming His disciples. The ministry provides students with opportunities to receive the sacraments, as well as retreats, mission trips, faith formation, and fellowship.