Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
My name is William Bolin, and I’m the new Campus Minister at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Additionally, I will be starting a Catholic ministry at the College of Southern Maryland. I was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was homeschooled through high school. Previously, I was in Seminarian for the Archdiocese for five years, studying philosophy at Saint John Paull II Seminary, and theology for a year at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. When I discerned out of formation, the opportunity to serve Southern Maryland under the guidance of Fr. Scott proved incredibly attractive! By God’s grace and timing, here I am.
Firstly, I would like to offer you all my sincere gratitude. As Fr. Woods told many of you last Sunday, I am blessed to be the FIRST full time college minster in this area! This blessing is the direct effect of your generosity in the Archdiocesan appeal, and your openness to growth in college ministry. I look forward to continuing the growth of the Catholic community at St. Mary’s, and to start a foundation of one at CSM. Being full time, I will get to spend ample time striving towards our goal: bringing the students to Christ!
Secondly, I would ask for your prayers and support as we begin this ministry. There is lots of room to grow in both colleges, God willing! In the few days I have been here, I have already been blown away with your generosity. Please, if you think you may have something to offer our ministry —ideas, places to meet, volunteering, food, etc.—let me know!
I look forward to meeting you all around the parish this year. Please keep the ministry and me in your prayers! You’ll be in mine.