Cross and Anchors statue in foreground with snow covered campus

December 8, 2021

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
By Ryan Bixler, Student


Allow me to describe what the Kings College Community represents for me: it represents an anchor that holds me down to a single path, and a cross that guides me on my journey. My father, a King’s alumnus, and I share this representation through matching tattoos on our shoulders because of what this community has done for him and what it is doing for me presently.

Right now, on my journey through college, I am experiencing so much and this community has shed a new light on my path. This new light has presented itself to me as the openness to new things and new people.

I envision my college career as an adventure. I have a goal of where I would like to end up, but the journey to this destination is my main focus of attention. The different communities within the King’s College community invite so many welcoming arms. It has been so refreshing being able to make long lasting friendships that encourage the best out of yourself. I do not feel as if I am expected to be anyone else but who I truly am. The King’s community has pushed me to find out who I am and what my true purpose is. Through highs and lows, this community that we are a part of helps you learn something beneficial and leaves a mark on your life. It may not be as visible as the tattoo on my shoulder, but it will certainly leave a mark.

Thank you, King’s College.

Note from Fr. Brogan Ryan, C.S.C., College Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry: Today we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Mass will be celebrated on Campus at 12:05 p.m. in the Chapel of Christ the King. The Mass will be livestreamed here. There will also be a Mass at 9:00 p.m. in the 12th Floor Chapel of Holy Cross Hall. 

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