February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017

Center for Ministry E-News: Feb 6, 2017

Here's what's happening in the Center for Ministry

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Center for Ministry E-News: Feb 6, 2017

What's New:

VISION Information Sessions & Application Deadline
Peer Minister Position Applications Now Open
Tommie Catholic Kicks off the Spring Semester


Latinx Student Retreat
Discerning the Will of God Retreat
Vianney Visit
Operation Andrew Dinner
Catholic Watchment Night at Nativity
Miriam Dinner
Women's Discernment Retreat
Men's Discernment Group


Welcome to Spring Semester!

As we start this new semester we welcome all students.  We hope you had a restful time with family and friends and express our good wishes for the months ahead.

Much has happened in the last week nationally and no matter where each of us is politically, we recognize the fear and uncertainty that many of our students and their families experience at this time.


At the Center for Ministry we want to show our support to each student, regardless of their immigration status, their nationality and their religious beliefs.  With Pope Francis, we recognize that the world needs those who witness God's mercy. Only when we open our hearts to those on the peripheries, the rejected, the stranger among us, will we experience that "we already are united; it is God's mercy that unites us."


We stand with the whole Tommie Community, Archbishop Hebda and Pope Francis, to support anyone who might feel affected by the present situation and offer them our welcome, and our prayers.


What's New:

VISION Information Sessions

 The Office for Service and Social Justice invites you to join us on our Spring VISION trips.  We have some information sessions coming up and you can also go to our website to learn about our trips.  http://www.stthomas.edu/serviceandsocialjustice/serviceprograms/vision/

 Scholarships are also available and info and applications can be found here.  http://www.stthomas.edu/serviceandsocialjustice/serviceprograms/vision/scholarships/

 Info sessions: 

Event Date/Time Room Details
Spring Break VISION Trip Info Session MON Feb 06 ASC 236 from 5:00-6:00
Spring Break VISION Trip Info Session TUE Feb 07 ASC 236 from 12:00-1:00


 Our Application Deadline for this Spring Break is Friday, February 10th



Peer Minister Position Applications Now Open

We remind students interested in applying to the position of PEER MINISTERS that application deadline is February 9th.  Please check our website for details and consider being part of this opportunity to deepen your relationship with God and to live out the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors. To apply visit:



Kick off Spring Semester with Tommie Catholic

Join us on Tuesday Feb. 7th for the first Tommie Catholic of the Spring semester! We will meet at 8:00pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall.



Father Larry Blake, Chaplain and Director of the Office for Campus Ministry, will be presenting on his spiritual journey and his journey to become a Catholic priest. He will be expanding on his personal conversion as well as the ways his vocation as a priest and as a husband and father impact his life.


Discerning the Will of God Retreat

A two-day Ignatian retreat led by Father Timonty M. Gallagher, O.M.V. offering clarity to discover where God is leading you.
March 4-5th, 9:00 a.m. to 3 :00 p.m.
Woulfe Alumni Hall
To register please visit:



Vianney Visit

Vianney Visit provides men, ages 16-24, with the opportunity to take a closer look and experience college seminary. Attend Mass, prayer, and spiritual conferences with SJV priests and hear testimonies from SJV seminarians. There is no charge for this event. All meals are provided.

When: February 9 - 11th.  Begins with Registration Thursday, 4 - 6 p.m.  Concludes Saturday, 11 a.m.

Where: St. John Vianney College Seminary

Register online or call 651-962-6825.

Operation Andrew Dinner

Thursday, March 9
6 - 8 p.m.  
Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite men discerning the priesthood, ages 16 - 50, to dinner and conversation with vocations testimonials on priesthood and religious life. It is typical for a pastor, religious or youth minister to accompany each discerning guest.
Register online before March 6, 2017.
Questions? Please Email stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.

Catholic Watchmen Men's Event

Your parish neighbor, Nativity of Our Lord, Stanford and Prior Avenues, is sponsoring a Catholic Watchmen Night on Thursday, February 2nd from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The men at St. Thomas are invited to join us for an evening of adoration, confession, a spiritual talk on "Serve and be a Witness to Family and Community", dinner and discussion. The evening will begin in the main church, followed by dinner discussion in our downstairs Steiner Hall.

Email nativity.mn.cw@gmail.com for more information.

Miriam Dinner

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite women, ages 16-35, who are discerning consecrated life to join us for a Miriam Dinner on Tuesday, February 7th from 6-8 p.m.

Come for an evening of prayer and dinner with consecrated women sharing their vocation testimonies. RSVP www.10000vocations.org/events before February 3rd, 2017.

Women's Discernment Retreat

Wondering if God could be calling you to be His Bride?

The second annual Female Discernment Retreat is on February 18th at Maternity of Mary in Bloomington.  This retreat is open for women, ages 16 - 35, who are discerning consecrated life.  Bishop Cozzens will celebrate the retreat opening Mass and give a talk on consecrated life.  Please see the attached brochure and the Office of Vocations' website for registration.  

Men's Discernment Group


Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invites men, Juniors in High School to age 30, to join other men discerning God's call for their life.  The group will discuss the book, "To Save a Thousand Souls".  Book will be provided to all you come. No registration necessary! 

When:  Saturday Morning's - February 4th - March 11th beginning with 8 a.m. Mass followed by a discussion from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. 

Where: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2739 Stinson Boulevard, St. Anthony, MN

Questions, please call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.