Construction, outreach shift attendance
The USC Catholic Center is experiencing a decrease in Mass attendance without a permanent structure on campus, but an increase in attendees at its events.
Mass, which was previously held in the old Catholic Center on Hoover Street, is now being held weekly in a classroom in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall.
âMass attendance is down because it is [at the] far end of campus,â said Father Lawrence Seyer, pastor at the Catholic Center. âWe are pretty sure it will bounce back.â
Some students said although the Catholic Center does not currently have a permanent home, it still has an important presence on campus.
âSocial events still have great turnouts because the people a part of the Catholic Center are very outgoing and friendly so it motivates people to come out,â said Catholic Center Liturgy Coordinator Joy Phan.
Students walking by the corner of 32nd Street and Hoover Street can see the progress of the new Catholic Center. The center will include a new European limestone-designed church that will seat up to 350, a community center, outdoor courtyard and an events plaza.
Regardless of the location, some students still regularly attend Mass, and are looking forward to the opening of the new Catholic Center.
âI still go to Mass every Sunday,â said Anita Dukart, a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. âI canât wait to see what the new Catholic Center looks like. I think itâs going to bring a lot of people together into one positive community.â
Seyer feels the upgrade will expand the possibilities for the Catholic population to come together and better serve the community.
âIâve noticed the difference,â Seyer said. âWhereas before when I talked with someone Iâd say ,âthat church on Hooverâ and they wouldnât know what Iâm talking about.â
The Catholic Center plans to continue steady promotion of social and religious events at the center and cater to its growing Catholic population.
âWe just need to spread the word since we donât have a recognizable building,â Seyer said. âWe are pretty sure it will bounce back.â