Campus Ministry and the Cultural Differences between Nigeria and America: An Interview with Father Marcel of Wake Forest University

Submitted by: H. Li, Y. Li, Y. Li, Z. Weng, S. Zhang, Class of 2018

Interviewee: Father Marcel

Date of Interview: March 18, 2018

Synopsis of the life of interviewee:

Father Marcel, is a campus minister at both the Winston-Salem and Greensboro campuses of Wake Forest University. He was first the secretary of the Cardinal for 7 years in Nigeria. Seeking for a broader study of theology, Father Marcel came to the U.S. and attended Fordham University in New York. After completing his studies, he settled in the South, in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.

Summary of project:

This project is an interview with Father Marcel, a native Nigerian and a current Catholic campus minister at Wake Forest University. The interview focuses on two main topics: campus ministry and cultural experiences in the United States. In our interview Father Marcel recalls the great influence of Irish missionaries in Nigeria, on his attachment to Christianity, and on his study and preaching experiences in New York. Father Marcel loves to explore the culture of the United States and blend it with Nigerian culture.  This is apparent in his style of preaching during mass, integrating fun elements such as clapping and congregational involvement. As a campus minister, he makes connections with students through mass, retreats, and Bible studies. He believes that reasoning from the students’ perspective is a pathway to bring them closer to Jesus. Although campus ministry differs from the role he would play serving a parish, Father Marcel says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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