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Campus Ministry November 14th: E-Newsletter


New American Saints & Doctors of the Church   

October was a big month for saints of the Church!

On October 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Kateri Tekakwitha, a young Mohawk woman from the 17th century as saint of the Roman Catholic Church. She faced much opposition from her uncle and other villagers as her love of Christ and desire to receive the Sacraments continued to grow. Through it all she maintained a reputation for kindness. She faced a serious illness in her early twenties and died shortly before her 24th birthday. Upon her death, the smallpox scars she had received in childhood are said to have disappeared. For more information on St. Kateri Tekakwitha, visit the website of her shrine located at her home in what is now upstate New York: www.katerishrine.com.

Another American saint was canonized along with Kateri, St. Marianne Cope, known as "The Mother of Outcasts". Marianne, born in Germany, came to the US with her family as an infant. She entered the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse in NY at age 24, and later became Superior General of the order. In 1883, along with 6 other sisters, Marianne moved to Hawaii to build and run hospitals and to specifically minister to those who were suffering from leprosy. She continued the work of St. Damien of Molokai in reaching out to these suffering people. The hospitals she founded in Hawaii are still open today. For more information on St. Marianne Cope, visit the website of her shrine located in New York: www.stmariannecope.org/index.html. Five other saints were also canonized that day: Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Maria Carmen Salles y Barangueras, and Anna Schaffer.

Two weeks before Kateri & Marianne were canonized, Pope Benedict named two new Doctors of the Church. A Doctor of the Church is one who is recognized as having made a particular contribution to the entire universal Church in the understanding of doctrine and in achieving holiness. These new Doctors are St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen. There are now only 35 people in Church history to have been named Doctors.

Known for sanctity from an early age, St. John of Avila was continually encouraged to enter priesthood. He excelled in academic study and became renowned for his bold and sound preaching. He lived in Spain and his preaching brought him before the Inquisition, though he was found innocent. He also worked to reform clerical life and was ill for many years toward the end of his life.

St. Hildegard of Bingen carried the title 'saint' for centuries, although she was never officially canonized. The abbess was known for her music composition, her herbal remedies, her mystical visions, her philosophy, and her pursuit of sanctity. Perhaps best known for her music, her liturgical drama "Ordo Virtutum" is the oldest surviving morality play. Pope Benedict XVI extended the liturgical cult of St. Hildegard to the entire Church in May 2012 in a process known as equivalent canonization. She was then able to be named Doctor of the Church.

Vatican Links:

Worhsip Aid for Kateri & Marianne's Canonization:
Apostolic Letter Proclaiming St. John of Avila a Doctor of the Church:
Apostolic Letter Proclaiming St. Hildegard of Bingen a Doctor of the Church:


Special Menu at the View for St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Friday, November 16th

Campus Ministry is once again partnering with The View to celebrate Catholic feast days. On Friday, November 16th we're offering a special Hungarian menu in anticipation of the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary the following day. The menu will include: Gulyasleves (Goulash Soup), Sertesporkolt (pork and pepper stew), Paprikas scirke (paprika chicken), and Mini Hungarian Crown Cakes. Stop by The View on Friday for lunch or dinner to enjoy this delicious food. St. Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us!

   Advent Retreat for Daily Living

Offered on the Minneapolis campus by law professor Susan Stabile.

Monday November 26th, December 3, 10 and 17th
12:30-1:30, MSL (Law School) Room 242

Advent is an important time for Christians. It is a time of preparation. A time during which we wait in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus. Even though we approach the end of the fall semester (and exams) it is important that we take some time to enter into this wonderful season.

This retreat is designed to both explore what it means to wait in joyful hope and to prepare ourselves to welcome the Christ child into our hearst and homes. We will do so by reflecting on the meaning of Advent and on the invitation it offers us. We will look at some models of response to that invitation presented to us in Scripture and talk about what it means to us to accept God's invitation to transformation. We will gather weekly for some sharing on the fruits of our prayer during the week (material for daily prayer will be provided) and a talk on the week's prayer theme.

As lunch will be served, please RSVP to Bethany Fletcher at moel1277@stthomas.edu.


March for Life

On the fortieth anniversary of Roe V. Wade
Tuesday, January 22nd - Sunday, January 27th

This year, students are taking a trip out to Washington DC to participate in the March for Life on the fortieth anniversary of Roe V. Wade.  Contact Tom Kasza at tom.kasza@spoweb.org if interested. The deadline to apply is December 1st.

   Thanksgiving Mass Schedule

There will be no Masses or Confessions on either the St. Paul or Minneapolis Campus on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd.  There will only be a 6:45 PM Mass in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on Sunday, November 25th.  The regular schedule resumes Monday, Novmber 26th.


Lectio Divina

Sunday, November 18th, 8 PM
**NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Albertus Magnus Chapel in Sitzmann Hall (not in Aquinas Chapel)

Lectio Divina with Archbishop Nienstedt will be offered this Sunday, November 18th at 8 PM. Join us for time to reflect on the Holy Scriptures.

   Archbishop's Vocation Retreat 2012

December 21st at 6:30 PM - December 23rd at 12 PM
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo

Have you considered becoming a diocesan priest? Join the Archbishop for a retreat for those discerning.  Register with the Vocation Office: stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org, or 651-962-6890. Find more details at www.10000vocations.org.

   Peer Ministry Events

United We Praise

Monday, November 19th at 9:15 PM
OEC Auditorium

Join in an evening of Praise and Worship with students from St. Thomas and young adults from around the Twin Cities. Led by the Peer Ministry music team and musicians from other Christian groups on campus.

Theology of the Body Study

Every Thursday at 7 PM
ASC Hearth Room

The Peer Ministry Team is hosting a weekly study of the Theology of the Body.  Theology of the Body is an in-depth look at the dignity of the human person, specifically geared towards relationships between men, women, and God.  This program, created by Christopher West, is focused on learning about love and freedom in today's society.  Email Steve Joerger or Caroline Stiles for more info. 

Dating and Relationship Discussion

Next one is  Tuesday, November 27th at 7 PM.  Meets every other week.
ASC 233

Are you interested in learning more about fulfilling dating relationships?  Join in this bi-weekly discussion group led by the Peer Ministers.  Based on the bestselling novel, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Come enjoy good company, good conversation, and free food!  Email Emily Casey or Allen-Michael Muench for more information.

   Grill the Newlyweds!

Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming event sponsored by Students for Marriage.  It will be on December 3rd, from 6-7:30 PM.

   School of Healing Prayer Course

OSF 3M Auditorium

The Healing Prayer course will equip Christians to minister to others through the Holy Spirit.  This course is for anyone intersted in growing closer to the Holy Spirit and desiring to grow in understanding of the gifts of the Spirit.  The Healing Prayer course is facilitated by Father David Smith and seminarian Nathan Tucker.  During the fall the group will meet the following Friday's:  November 30th and December 14th.  Contact Nathan Tucker for more information.

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