Women at Catholic Colleges Joining ‘Wear the Veil’ Campaign on Dec. 8
December 3, 2014, at 4:23 PM | By Kathryn Zagrobelny |
“Wearing the veil, in addition to being a beautiful tradition in the Church, provides women with the opportunity to show an example of true womanhood to the world,” Taylor Flanagan, a senior at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., told The Cardinal Newman Society. The Society spoke with Flanagan about her involvement in the “Wear the Veil Day” campaign, sponsored by the Latin Mass Society (LMS), which is set to take place on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Women traditionally wore veils when inside church to show reverence and to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary, LMS explained in a press release for the event. Although the practice diminished in most parts of the Church over the past few decades, wearing a veil at Mass has reportedly seen a resurgence in recent years. LMS is inviting women to partake in the tradition next Monday.
During this, its second year, the campaign has spread nationally and reportedly gained support from students at Belmont Abbey College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and John Paul the Great Catholic University. Students from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are also reportedly participating.
“The ‘Wear the Veil’ campaign will enhance and impact spiritual life not only at Belmont Abbey but at other colleges across the country,” said Flanagan. “Many people are simply not aware of the beautiful tradition of wearing a veil in church and have never been exposed to it. Once the message is spread, then many will share in the limitless grace that it can offer.”
“Our culture today promotes a poor image of women and it is oftentimes a degradation to our very nature,” Flanagan continued.“Therefore, I think it is particularly important for young women to make this traditional yet powerful statement in order to regain much of the beauty that has been lost.”
Flanagan became involved with the campaign during her freshman year at Belmont as part of an assignment she had while working with the Seroptics modeling company. Today she is spreading the word to her peers and searching for students who will “carry on the mission and keep the message alive” when she graduates.
Belmont Abbey College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and John Paul the Great Catholic University are recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identities. The Cardinal Newman Society recently released the 2015 edition of the Guide along with an innovative new “Recruit Me” program that lets students sign up so that recommended Catholic colleges can compete for them.
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