Two students from Mount Saint Mary College recently received the Sacraments of Baptism, FirstCommunion, and Confirmation in the college's Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary: siblings Joshua Carson, a senior Psychology major; and Sarah Carson, a freshman Criminology major, both from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Joshua had been interested in becoming a Catholic since his freshman year at the Mount. He was supposed to receive the sacraments in April of 2020, but the pandemic forced him to wait. It was disappointing, he noted, but he used the extra time wisely.
"When my sacraments were pushed back, I felt that this was a time for me to learn more about what faith I was pursuing," Joshua said. "I have taken many Religion classes here at the Mount, and I felt that this was the faith I wanted to pursue. I was intrigued by Mass when I started going via Zoom through the school, and I knew that I was going in the right direction with my faith."
For Joshua and Sarah, faith is an important part of their lives, from academics to long-term life goals.
"My faith has taught me...to pray before tests, while I'm studying, and just in my daily life," Joshua said. "My faith has helped me know that I can achieve any goal I go for."
Fr. Gregoire Fluet, chaplain and director of Campus Ministry at the Mount, was happy to help prepare the students for reception of the sacraments.
"When I first reached out to Fr. Greg, he explained to me more about the Catholic faith and was extremely excited," Joshua said. "I knew a pretty good amount of Catholicism before I figured out that this was what I wanted to be, but Fr. Greg and Campus Ministry gave me that little push and helpful hand to achieve what I wanted."
He added, "If anyone else wants to go through the process of receiving your sacraments, it is completely worth it and I feel that Fr. Greg has changed my life."