A survival pack to prevent faith crises
One business has become so concerned about college-bound kids losing their faith that this year it decided to put some retail muscle behind the problem.
The result: the “College Survival Pack,” created by Emmaus Road Publishing in Steubenville, Ohio.
“We’ve been mulling over the idea for a few years,” said Shannon Minch-Hughes, vice president of operations. “So many kids lose their faith in college that we wanted to do what we could to arm them before they go out the door.”
The $95 “College Survival Pack,” which is subheaded: “Don’t Let Your Student Leave Home Without the Faith”—includes a T-shirt, lightweight backpack and eight books, among them a Catholic Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The rest of the material is hardly beach-reading fare; the list includes “Catholic for a Reason,” which features essays by noted writers, including Scott Hahn, Curtis Martin and Tim Gray; the Catholic Bible Concordance, and books which explore cultural issues, like “Infinite Bandwith,” subtitled, “Encountering Christ in the Media.”
The packs are only being advertised on the company’s website and in Lay Witness magazine, Minch-Hughes said, and so far, just a few have been sold. But they will continue to be offered this fall for a limited time.
“We have heard from a number of parents and grandparents who are confused and saddened,” she said. “They say, ‘We sent our kids to Catholic schools and we thought we had raised them well and did a good job, but they have lost their faith.’ We thought, anything we can do to help.”
For more details about the pack, call 800-398-5470 or go to www.emmausroad.org.