Priest Delivers Penance to College Students by Driving Around Campus in Golf Cart
"Pope Francis wants us to go out to the people and experience them right where they are," Father Patrick Baikauskas explained.
Father Patrick Baikauskas doesn’t mind going the extra mile, even if he has to drive his golf cart to get there.
The priest is driving around the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in what he calls his "Confessions on the Go Cart."
Instead of waiting for the faithful to come to him, he invites those who wish to chat to wave him down and hop into his golf cart.
And, just as any other confession, he’ll give penance at the end of the exchange.
Baikauskas said the inspiration for his Confessions on the Go Cart came from the Pope himself.
"Pope Francis said we're supposed to smell like the sheep,” he told WLFI. “Smelling like the sheep means you're not going to stay in that church and wait for all the people to come to us. Pope Francis wants us to go out to the people and experience them right where they are."
He hopes this new tradition will continue on campus well into the school year.
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