April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

Center for Ministry E-News: April 4, 2017

Upcoming events with the Center for Ministry

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Center for Ministry E-News: April 4, 2017

What's New/What's Happening:

Who's New in the Center for Ministry

VISION is Accepting Leader Applications

Join St. Thomas Day of Service

Asset-Based Community Engagement: An Introductory Workshop

Stations of the Cross Goes Outdoors



Faculty & Staff are Invited to a Lenten Morning of Reflection

An Opportunity to Get Involved with Tommie Catholic

Tommie Catholic This Week

Come Meet the Sisters of Life!

 Senior Retreat

Centering Prayer 

What's New/What's Happening:

Who's New in the Center for Ministry?

Last week we introduced you to Pastor Medhat Yoakiem and this week we would like to introduce you to Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein, the newest member of the Center for Ministry team.

Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein is honored to be working with the University of St. Thomas , and looks forward to helping expand the interfaith vision of the Center for Ministry. He looks forward to connecting with Jewish students, faculty and staff; representing Jewish traditions and learning to the entire school community; and working closely with his colleges to bring innovative programs and serve as a pastoral presence for all students.  

 Rabbi Shavit-Lonstein enjoys running, and has completed several marathons, in addition, he is an avid SciFi fan. He and his wife Becky are blessed with three children, Noah, Naveh and Naomi. 

 He is the founding Director of By The Rivers. He strives to provide meaningful, personal life cycle ceremonies for people of all religious backgrounds, and to make learning accessible to people of all ages, and works as a Genius at the Apple Store, repairing relationships and devices. 

While Rabbi Alan's schedule will vary somewhat, he will primarily be in the Center for Ministry Offices in ASC 207 on Wednesdays. You can contact him at Rabbi.Alan@stthomas.edu.

Stations of the Cross

‌April 7th Upper Quad Outside the Chapel 5:00PM

The Office for Spirituality and the Office for Service & Social Justice are presenting this Friday's Stations of the Cross. This will be an opportunity to meditate on the suffering and crosses caused by social injustices in the world today.  Come and join other students in this time of reflection on the Passion of Christ and the sufferings that His Body, the Church undergoes in the present.  All are invited. Stations will be outdoors, weather permitting.

VISION is Accepting Leader Applications

Now that the VISION trips are over for the year, we are beginning to look to next fall.  This year we are saying goodbye to some of our outstanding student leaders.  They have given so much to the program and are now moving on.  We are looking for strong leaders to replace them. You do not need to have gone on a trip to apply! Outlined below is a brief job description and qualifications. Please look through the information and consider taking this step to the next level of the VISION program. The deadline to apply is April 19, 2017.

Here is the link for the VISION webpage 

Here is where we went this past year!

January 2017

Friends of Wildlife- Thailand

San Lucas Mission -Guatemala

Border Awareness Trip- El Paso/Juarez Border

Quail Springs Permaculture Farm- Maricopa, California

Village to Village- Ghana  

Carmen Pampa- Bolivia

Spring 2017

La Puente Homeless Shelter- Alamosa, Colorado

White Rose Catholic Worker Farm-Missouri

Crow Creek Habitat for Humanity- Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota

Serve 901 - Tennessee

Appalachia Catholic Worker Farm- West Virginia

United Saints- New Orleans

 If you are interested in applying for a leadership role applications are available here on the VISION website. Please contact Jacob Cunningham at jdcunningham@stthomas.edu with any questions.

Asset-Based Community Engagement: An Introductory Workshop

 Whether working to advance public health, youth development, economic opportunity, or other social goods, Asset-Based Community Engagement asserts that the most powerful approach builds relationships and partnerships grounded in the strengths of every individual, association, and institution involved. Sinda Nichols, Associate Director at Minnesota Campus Compact, will facilitate an experiential-learning workshop on this approach in MHC 203 at 5:15pm on Thursday, April 6th.

Reserve your place today!


St. Thomas Day of Service is Earth Day, Sat. April 22nd

The 3rd Annual St. Thomas Day of Service is partnering with the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis to clean up our communities this Earth Day!
Register today to join with students, alumni, faculty, staff and neighbors as we give our home city the spring cleaning it needs from 9 AM to noon on Saturday, April 22nd.

Sign-up individually or with a group. Participants will receive a free T-shirt, lunch, supplies, parking and transportation to your site. Visit the event page
to learn more and register!


Lenten Morning of Reflection for Faculty and Staff

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 9:00 AM

Leather Room, OSF Library

Holy Week is a time to strengthen our relationship with Christ as we celebrate his Passion and Resurrection. Join other faculty and staff members for a morning of prayer and reflection on the meaning of these holy days.

To RSVP send and email to spirituality@stthomas.edu

Apply Now to Work Closely with Other Tommie Catholic Leaders!

Have you loved your Tuesday night experience at Tommie Catholic

Would you like to help plan and lead future Tommie Catholic events? 

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our planning committee. Applications for the Tommie Catholic Planning Committee for 2017-18 are now available.  Don't wait, the application deadline is April 7.  Apply online here.

Tommie Catholic This Week

Sisters of Life

Tommie Catholic and Students for Human Life are coming together to bring the Sisters of Life to our campus.  Join us on Tuesday, April 4 to hear from the Sisters as they talk about how to be agents and advocates for life. 

Tuesday, April 4
Woulfe Alumni Hall

Come Meet the Sisters of Life!

Do you want to know about the pro-life movement?  How to be an agent and advocate for life? What it is like to be in religious life? Come by the Center for Ministry to get the answers from the Sisters of Life.

The Sisters of Life will be visiting our campus on Tuesday April 4. The sisters will be present in the Center for Ministry throughout the day, before speaking at Tommie Catholic Tuesday evening. 

Stop by to ask questions or to simply chat! 

The sisters are excited to meet with students!  They are available to schedule times to meet with individuals and/or small groups as well as to engage with those who just pop-in.

A sign-up sheet will be available in the Center for Ministry on Monday and Tuesday, for individuals and small groups interested in scheduling a 20 minute meeting.  

Senior Retreat

Where Do I go from here?

Life as an undergraduate and life after graduation are different things.  Graduation from college means a BIG transition.  How will you meet the challenges of that transition? Save the date for this opportunity to share with other seniors as you reflect on how to live your faith after your college years.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

For more info and to register visit the Office for Spirituality webpage.

Centering Prayer


Every Thursday at 8:30am
Meditation Room, ASC 251

According to Thomas Merton, "the best way to come to God is to go to your own center and pass through that center into the center of God." Centering Prayer is a means to experience God's presence within us, and as a prayer, it brings the depths of the contemplative experience long practiced within the Christian tradition to those who, in the midst of a busy life, long for that intimate relationship with God.

Join us for 20 minutes of Centering Prayer, no experience required. Everyone is welcome.