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The Didde Catholic Campus Center is searching for a new full-time Director of Development!

We are grateful to Shawn Gerleman, who has occupied this position for two years, and has built our development program from the ground up. 

It is our hope to hire a replacement that will be able to work alongside Shawn in the spring semester, and to build upon his progress!

Interested in the position, or know someone who might be? 

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This Lent can be different....

Remember your Death!

We'll be giving away copies of Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble's book, Remember your Death Lenten Devotional at our 8 AM Ash Wednesday Mass in the PKP Room of the ESU Memorial Union. Show up early--once they're gone, they're gone!

This book, just published in 2019, was the result of Sister Theresa's tweetstorm #mementomori about keeping a skull on her desk to remind her about her death, and to live out of the perspective that "it is no longer I, but Christ who lives in me." This daily meditation will assist readers of all faiths and backgrounds to draw upon this powerful spiritual practice so that this Lent is truly a transformative one.

Want to sponsor a copy for a student? Send us $15 and let us know you want it to go to "Lenten Devotional" in the comments!


 Take a look at the other materials authored by Sister Theresa Aletheia here. Follow her on Twitter at @pursuedbytruth

Father Chad Arnold, vocation director for the Diocese of Wichita, will be at the Didde Center on Thursday, Feb. 7th.

His regular visits are an opportunity for young men to grab a meal or coffee and hear about what openness to a priestly vocation might mean!

Each year, Father Nick Blaha leads a group of 8 hikers into the remote desert wilderness of Big Bend National Park, pictured at right. 

Big Bend is three parks in one, containing mountainous, desert, and river terrain. Our itinerary will include all three. It is home to nearly 190 species of birds, a great variety of wildlife and desert flora, natural hot springs on the Rio Grande, and some of the most spectacular views in the southwest. It is also the national park with the least light pollution in the lower 48 states, allowing for an unparalleled view of the night sky.

The retreat dimension will include conferences and readings on the Purgatorio of Dante, daily Mass (including Mass at 7,800 feet), silent meditation, and plenty of opportunities for mortification and teamwork!

We will be backpacking for the majority of the trip, but our 14-hour drive home will involve an overnight stop in Dallas for a hot shower and a good meal.

Hikers are required to train beforehand, including day hikes with full gear. 

Download an application and submit it to the Didde Center office with your $50 deposit by February 13th, 2019.

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Check out this digital recap from one of our previous retreats!


Big Bend Lenten Wilderness Retreat



Do you want to help build up the Catholic community (and beyond) at ESU? Join the Didde Center Student Council! We are an RSO at Emporia State, and elect our officers each academic year. Our elections will be held Sunday, Feb 24th at 8pm in the Didde Center basement lounge.

Download and fill out this application for yourself,
or someone you think should run!

Applications are due Wednesday, February 20th
Our new shirts are on sale!

$15 for students & alumni

$20 for friends of the Center

Available for purchase at the Didde Center office,
or using the secure online form below!

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Learn more about St. Martin's Academy here.