University Catholic Pillar Application

University Catholic at Vanderbilt: Pillar Positions

The foundation and core of University Catholic is the encounter with Jesus Christ in the Sacraments. In support of these special encounters, the student boards help provide opportunities for formation in discipleship of Jesus Christ. They do this by focusing on four “pillars” of formation: the intellectual, spiritual, human, and apostolic pillars. A board includes “pillar-heads” who work to promote these four essential areas of growth in Christian identity. A Pillar may be headed by two people to help distribute the responsibilities. Specific responsibilities can be delegated to others.

Pillars are expected to practice their Catholic faith through regular prayer and sacraments. Others should see in them an example of humble Christian discipleship by their daily lives and visible presence within the UCat community (especially at UCat Masses). Pillars members must regularly attend monthly “all-board” meetings (first Tuesdays), report to Vice President (or Co-presidents) weekly with updates and concerns, and be willing to “go the extra mile.”

Human Pillar Head: Promotes the health of the social fabric of the community. They work to create opportunities for people to feel welcome in the community, to make new friends, and to foster life-long, virtuous friendships. Responsible for planning and putting on parties, coffee houses, outreach events, and all things social. This includes recruiting groups for Sunday Supper and management of the competition cards for the Golden Spatula Award. Future Saints of America (FSA), our intramural sports team, is also supported and organized by the Human Pillar Head.

Apostolic Pillar Head: Seeks to support the community’s desire to love and evangelize our neighbor in immediate and tangible ways. They help coordinate service opportunities inside and outside of campus boundaries. In addition to other corporeal and spiritual works of mercy, the following are organized:
• Dismas House: a transitional home for men just released from prison looking for a new start, where students prepare, serve and share dinner with the residents twice a month.
• Loaves and Fishes: a soup kitchen run by Catholic Charities, students help prepare and serve a hot lunch to area homeless one Saturday a month.
• Room in the Inn is a city-wide effort to assist the homeless of Nashville during the cold winter months. The program offers dinner and conversation, a place to sleep, breakfast and a bag lunch.
• 40 Days for Life witnesses to the sanctity of human life by attending Mass and peacefully praying outside a local abortion facility during the National 40 Days for Life Campaign once per semester.
• Tutoring at St. Pius School: located in an under-served area, students help tutor and mentor elementary school students once a week.
• Mission trips: Working with the Director of Campus Ministry, mission trips are an opportunity to help serve outside of the city of Nashville.

Spiritual Pillar Head: Promotes events centered on encountering the living God in prayer. Responsible for coordinating and training Lectors and EMHCs for Mass, weekly Adoration, Praise & Worship, and spiritual retreats throughout the year such as the Twilight Retreat for Freshmen and several Confirmation retreats in the Spring. This also includes oversight of greeting people and handing out cards before/after Mass. They help plan Confirmation retreats for area parishes by serving as UCat liaison to parish, recruiting retreat leaders, and coordinating retreat schedule.

Intellectual Pillar Head: Works to promote the truths of Jesus and his Church. They help create opportunities to undo the errors/lies of the world and to promote the freedom which is found only in the Truth. This pillar often organizes books studies, lecture/speaker events, apologetic studies, Theology of the Body presentations, etc.


Applications are due at 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 15. Please email courtneybarnes@universitycatholic.org with any questions.

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