April 30, 2018

April 30, 2018

Center for Campus Ministry E-News: April 30, 2018

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Encounter Christ Retreat April 13-14, 2018

Center for Campus Ministry E-News: April 30, 2018

From Our Chaplains

Fr. Larry Blake

The House by the River

I am reading now, Lena Manta's novel, The House by the River.  It is a story of a Greek couple who raise five daughters in a rural village at the base of Mt Olympus.  One by one, as they reach adulthood, each daughter leaves the village to seek fame and fortune elsewhere.  Their differing journeys take them far from the house by the river.  However, one by one they return finding solace in the quiet village that they, at a younger age, were so eager to leave. 

In the gospel of John we hear about Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  The Third Sunday of Easter is fondly referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday.  "All we like sheep"... says the prophet, Isaiah, have gone astray.  We wander far and wide seeking self-fulfillment, self-actualization just like the sisters in  Manta's novel.  Yet, so often on life's journey we have the sense that something or more accurately someone is missing. 

St. Augustine is famously quoted as having said:  "Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you."  When the pace of life gets hectic, when the search for self-actualization becomes exhausting we long for still waters.  The Good Shepherd desires to lead us by still waters and restore our souls. As the semester and this school year come to a close, take time to listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd calling you to a place of peace.

A New Addition to Our Staff

Please help us welcome our newest, associate chaplain, Sadaf Rauf Shier who joined us on April 16th.

Dr. Sadaf Rauf Shier was recently hired as the new Associate Chaplain - Islamic Faith in the Office for Pastoral Care in the Center for Campus Ministry.  She was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and came to the US to study for her PhD.  She has lived in the Twin Cities since 2009, where she has been active in interfaith work, first with the Minnesota Council of Churches and now with the Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN).  At UST, her goal is to work with others in Campus Ministry to maintain a space for respectful mutual coexistence in which to foster student learning.  In the area of pastoral outreach, her goal is to meet every Muslim student currently enrolled in UST, and alumni with a continuing interest in Muslim student welfare at UST.  Her overarching goal is to increase interfaith awareness across campus.  Currently, she is helping the Muslim Student Association and the Office for Spirituality with their already planned Ramadan Iftar event scheduled for 7:30 pm, May 16, 2018.  She is also in the planning stages for UST's participation in the International Day of Peace.  This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and a statewide celebration is planned for the 10 days of non-violence.

Her office hours are:

Mondays: 9:30am-11:30am 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 11:00am-1:30pm

Fridays: 1:00pm-5:00pm

ASC 207


Encounter Christ Retreat

Last weekend we held our last overnight retreat for this year. Students reflected on their encounter with Christ through their relationship with Him and relationship‌‌s with others.





Congratulations Paige Hietpas!

Congratulations to VISION student director, Paige Hietpas on receiving a 2018 University Advocates for Women and Equity Good Sister Award. The Good Sister Award is given to a St. Thomas woman who shows readiness to help and support, in formal or informal ways, the women around her on campus.


Tommie Catholic Tuesday

Come join us Tuesday Night


Tuesday April 30th, at 8:00pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall.‌

Join Peer Minister Hailey Zweber for: 




Join Peer Minister Emily Dalsky


Looking for a snack on Thursday night?  Stop by for...

Hosted by Peer Minister Sam Shay

Alpha is a program where we'll be taking a really, really genuine look at the Christian Faith. You don't have to know anything about the Faith, you don't have to believe in Jesus' promises or person, and you don't have to walk away from the program any different than you came in. The purpose of putting on this program is merely to supply you with the knowledge of a Goodness and Truth that has changed the life of the programs organizer, and billions of people throughout history. And, if you do walk out changed from these meetings (as the organizer hopes you will) you will not regret having done so. That's a promise.

 During Alpha, students will gather to watch a clip that introduces a question and then goes about explaining the answer as it pertains to Christianity. After this video (usually around 30 minutes or so), the next hour will be devoted to discussing the problem and proposed answer. Perhaps most importantly, there will be snacks (and occasionally dinner!) provided.


Positions are Now Available in the Chapel

Campus Ministry is looking for students to work as a Liturgical Assistant and Music Assistant. If you are interested in joining a team of students and staff that work to prepare and assist at all liturgies at the University of St. Thomas please consider applying on-line.
Liturgical Assistant   Music Assistant

Come play with friends and faculty under the lights at the Annual Catholic Studies Ultimate Frisbee Tournament! Play hard and pray hard in this consolation style tournament, complete with refreshments. Teams must be co-ed and consist of 6-10 players. To register, please email Alejandra Chavez at chav0021@stthomas.edu with your team name and the list of your members.



Has God been calling you to do more for Him?

 Consider SPIRITUS!

 SPIRITUS missionaries:

-are single Catholics 20-29 ​y​ears old​ from all over the country.

-serve from mid-August through mid-May in Wisconsin.

-are trained to lead retreats aimed at inspiring young Catholics.

-live in community, have their own room, are well fed.

-meet monthly with a spiritual director.

-are given weekly formation.

-get $150 each month, plus $2,000 upon mission completion.

-have time off for holidays and health insurance.

-change the faith lives in thousands of Catholics.

 The mission of SPIRITUS is to inspire young Catholics to be disciples of Jesus so they spread the Gospel and renew the Church!