CU Presidential Inauguration

Last week, Creighton University celebrated the inauguration of the University’s 25th President, Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ.  It was a beautiful time at the University.

Many Cortina students were involved in the celebrations and took part in this momentous occasion.

Fr. Hendrickson chose a poem, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Fr. Gerard Manly Hopkins, SJ to be the inspiration for the days.  It speaks to the core of the human experience and our capacity to be Christ-bearers.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.
I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

Former Cortinian, Nico Sandi, created a beautiful video interpretation of the poem for the Inauguration.  It features some familiar faces!

Humans of Cortina

Influenced by Humans of New York, the members of the Cortina Community took time to get to know one another better. These conversations went beyond surface level topics, they went deeper into learning about someone else in the community. Some prompt questions were: Who influences you the most in your life?  What’s your saddest moment?  What’s your happiest moment? What is your greatest struggle right now? What has changed the most since you started college? What scares you?  What do you hope for?

Let’s start the series!

ed nunez

“I like saying I’m Filipino because it says something about me as a person.” -Sophomore, Ed Nuñez

“I am convinced that we can make a difference” – Pope Francis in his address to congress

Today, history was made before our eyes as Pope Francis, the Holy See of Rome, was the first pontiff to address the U.S. Congress.  Using historical heroes to frame his talk, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, he addressed the current refugee crisis, immigration, care for creation, gun control, and the death penalty, among other topics.

In his speech, he championed care for the other and for creation.  He directed his comments to the American people and to the leaders of the U.S.  He stated, “A good political leader must initiate processes, rather than posses space.”  His worlds challenge us to action and to consider the lifestyle choices we make on a daily basis.  We must, according to Francis, choose love.  For more about this historic event, visit the NPR website.

The World Meeting of Families Prayer

In case you are living under a rock and haven’t heard yet, Pope Francis is coming to the U.S. this week!  Some members of the Cortina family will be traveling with Creighton to visit him in Philidelphia, PA.  He is coming to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families, a conference focused on strengthening the sacred bond of the family.  As inspiration for the week and in advance of his visit, please read and pray the prayer below:

Everyone is encouraged to pray the special prayer for the World Meeting of Families in 2015. It is a prayer of supplication to the Holy Family for the meeting’s success and your own family’s intentions.

God and Father of us all,
in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us
your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.
May your grace and love
help our families
in every part of the world
be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.
May the example of the Holy Family,
with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer
and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!

Ditch ‘Dat Bag! – Resusable bags & loving on Mother Earth

Last week, students in the Cortina program and other Creightonians participated in an event to create re-usable bags out of old t-shirts.  Fun (and cookies) was had by all!

For information on how to DIY your own bag, check out these websites:

Tote bag from an Old-T-shirt

Fancy t-shirt bag

Look at how much fun we had:

Cesar Torres making his re-useable bag!  Go Jays!

Cesar Torres making his re-useable bag! Go Jays!


Hong: “Re-useable bags will help bring about world peace!”


Maryann and Joey collaborate on a new bag design.


Ed and Maryann work to make a Cortina version of the re-useable t-shirt bag.


The team making their re-useable bags.

Cortina leader, Savannah Rodriguez, and friends, Stefan Peterson and Alex Sipe, check out the strength of the t-shirt bag: It holds 500 lbs!

Cortina leader, Savannah Rodriguez, and friends, Stefan Peterson and Alex Sipe, check out the strength of the t-shirt bag: It holds 500 lbs!

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Today, September 1st, is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Here is a web page of resources, which includes some ideas for what individuals and what communities might do to recognize this day.

Let us join our sisters and brothers around the world in praying that this gift of God’s creation – including those who suffer first and the most from the degradation of our common environment – might be blessed by better care from all of us.

Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.

Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.

The poor and the earth are crying out.

O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.

Praise be to you!

(Prayer at the end of Pope Francis’ letter, “On Care for Our Common Home.”)

The Collaborative Ministry Office at Creighton University

Cortina Service Sites – Sign Up Here!


Exciting news this year!  You can sign-up for your own service site.  To do so, please click here.  MyCortina allows you to select your service site based on your availability.

Through the collaboration and support of representative Mark Panning with the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) at Creighton University, Cortina students will now have the capacity to sign-up independently for their service sites during the year. This project was the brainchild of the Lieben Center Graduate Assistant, Hamed Poursharafoddin, and the Cortina Director, Kate Macan. This system is user-friendly and allows for students to easily access information on all of the different service opportunities in the program, while consulting their class schedule at the same time. Much like signing up for a course, students will be able to gain access to information about the site leader, the date, time and location. This platform, MyCortina, will facilitate ease of communication between all parties, student, formation group leaders and the Cortina director. Check it out and sign-up now!

A prayer for a new year-Welcoming our new freshmen to Cortina

Drenched in Holiness: Prayer for a New Year

Dear God,
On this day I ask You to grant this request?
May I know who I am and what I am,
Every moment of every day.
May I be a catalyst for light and love,
And bring inspiration to those whose eyes I meet.
May I have the strength to stand tall in the face of conflict,
And the courage to speak my voice, even when I’m scared.
May I have the humility to follow my heart,
And the passion to live my soul’s desires.
May I seek to know the highest truth
And dismiss the gravitational pull of my lower self.
May I embrace and love the totality of myself?
My darkness as well as my light.
May I be brave enough to hear my heart?
To let it soften so that I may gracefully
Choose faith over fear.
Today is my day to surrender anything that stands
Between the sacredness of my humanity and my divinity.
May I be drenched in my Holiness
And engulfed by Your love.
May all else melt away.
And so it is.
-Debbie Ford

Anxiously awaiting your arrival to start our new year together.

Anxiously awaiting your arrival to start our new year together.

Here to welcome you!

Here to welcome you!

Still Accepting Applications – Class of 2019 Apply Now!

If you’re looking to live your CU experience differently, then Cortina is the program for you.  Come and join us in Deglman Hall and explore service, faith and justice in our intentional living community.  Please complete the application no later than June 20.  Direct your questions to

Cortina Podcast Now Live!

Get excited because you can now listen to “What Would Jon Cortina Do?” — the Cortina podcast — on iTunes or Google Play.  You can also check them out at SoundCloud.  See the titles and creators below. Enjoy!

Racism in the Modern World — Smiley Kotob and Kyle Armstrong
Where does racism come from? Where does racism come from and what does it look like internationally?

Misrepresentation of Minorities — Joey Wichep and Avelyss Roman
What is it like to be a minority on Creighton’s campus? What are some of the beliefs people have about minorities on campus?

Judging a Book by its Cover: The Real Truth about What’s Inside the Pages — Shannon Mulcahey and Sheri Tochiki
What are some of the stereotypes students encounter at Creighton and how does it affect our educational experience?

Striving vs. Surviving: Breaking Barriers — Loriana Harkey and Kara Harvey
How do people feel about homelessness on Creighton’s campus? How do we break down barriers between ourselves and the people around us?

Hunger in America — MaryAnn Rigo and Michelle Doyle
What are the effects of hunger in America and what can we do about it?

OMGMOs: Genetically Modified Organisms — Summer Nguyen, Jade Cameron, Natalie Lang
Who controls our food supply? What are GMOs and why should we care?

Sudanese Refugees in the Omaha Community — Eithne Leahy and Linh Tranh
What is the political situation in Sudan? What is life like for Sudanese refugees in Omaha?

Dependent Adult Abuse — Amy Dusselier, Delaney Peterson, Jeni Obman
What is dependent adult abuse? Why does it concern us as Creighton students and what can we do about it?

Love is Love, No Matter What — Anna Gerze and Kaylee Zhang
What are some of the views of same-sex marriage around the world?

The Care of a Community — Ed Nunez and Sarah Guntz
What does it mean that Creighton recently extended benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages? Why did Creighton do this and how does it affect the campus community?

Ending the Cycle of “Who Cares?” — Arash Hamidi and Peyton Schneider
How do issues like politics, immigration, climate change affect us as Creighton students and why should we care about them?

Alcohol in the College Lifestyle — Cristina Marquez and Tommy Walther
Why do college students drink? What causes and contributes to the drinking culture on college campuses?

The Psychological Effects of Bullying — Alex Banketov and Kareim Bakhsh
How does bullying continue to affect us as adults? What is the psychological effects of bullying on “bullies” and “victims” of bullying?

Chemical Allure — Rachel O’Neal and Kate Albrecht
What kind of chemicals are in the beauty products we use every day? What are the effects of these chemicals on our bodies?

What’s in Your Diet? — Katherine Crowley and Maggie Cooper
How does the food we eat relate to our everyday lives? How can our food connect us to our mind, body, and spirit?

Anonymity Online —Mateo Le Noir and Calvin Senteza
What does it mean that people can be totally “anonymous” online? How does online anonymity affect the way we communicate on campus?

Gender Inequality on College Campuses — Carly Kenney and Katie Rasmussen
What are some ways that gender inequality is important on Creighton’s campus? Why should you care about feminism?

Sex Trafficking in the Omaha Community — Mary Elizabeth Yeh and Sarah Kort
What is sex trafficking? How does it affect us here in Omaha and what can you do about it?

Gay Rights and Human Rights in Today’s Society — Sydney Kidd and Katie Riedell
Why did Creighton University extend benefits to same-sex couples? Why is this a human rights issue?

Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Sydney Lynch and Matthew Tran
What role do Historically Black Colleges and Universities play in the lives of American college students? How do they work to achieve educational inequality?

The American System and Pay Inequality — Vincent Salazar and Kaylee Stankus
What are the causes and effects of pay inequalities in the United States?