March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

Center for Campus Ministry: March 18

Here's What's Happening this Week

Center for Ministry

Center for Campus Ministry: March 18

From Our Chaplain

Stations of the Cross

Latinx Retreat Follow-Up

Lenten Reflection in Minneapolis

Tommie Catholic

Encounter Christ Retreat

Lenten Morning Retreat for Faculty & Staff

Something More

Catholic Studies Talent Show

News & Announcements from the Archdiocese & More

NOTE: The newsletter will not be published next week during Spring Break. We will return when our students do on April 1st
[no joke].

From Our Chaplain


Fr. Larry Blake

Earlier this month our office learned that a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was irreparably destroyed during a Saturday evening period of late night revelry in Ireland Hall. Residence Life staff Jake Reilly, Ireland Hall director and Aaron Macke, Director of Residence Life and Associate Dean of Students have responded in emails to the Ireland Hall residents. In a statement to the University community, Dr. Julie Sullivan referred to the act as vandalism and "a grave act of disrespect." An investigation has been completed by our Public Safety Office and the individual[s] responsible will face consequences. Our staff has been at work to provide an opportunity for dialogue, and a respectful conversation around the subject of interfaith understanding.

While we were in the midst of planning last Friday morning, we learned of the horrific terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand which left 49 dead and dozens wounded. The attacker, 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant entered one mosque and then the other during Friday prayer. He wore a video camera so the attack could be posted to social media sites. He has been arrested and charged with murder.

This attack has sent shock waves around the world not unlike the attack on the Pittsburgh synagogue this past October and has left many fearful for their lives. Our Muslim students gathered for Friday prayer with heavy hearts. Staff members joined them in a show of solidarity. Our staff will continue to support the rights of all our students to worship in the manner suited to their religious convictions and make accommodations for them.

Our staff also seeks to provide a pastoral response to events on campus or globally which impact the lives of our students. I am grateful for the leadership shown recently by Sadaf Shier, our Associate Chaplain and by Marta Pereira, our Director for the Office of Spirituality.

In closing, we seek to live out the words of St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where is doubt, faith
Where is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where the is sadness, joy.

O divine master grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Stations of the Cross During Lent

This weekend St. Thomas Latino students joined St Kate's, St John's and St Ben's students for the Fifth Latinx Retreat. A time of community, prayer and encounter with Jesus.‌

Tommie Catholic presents:


 Registration is now open for the Encounter Christ Retreat!

This overnight retreat (April 5th-7th) will invite us to deepen our relationship with Christ by reflecting on our own experiences of Him, as well as on some of the encounters of those who walked with Jesus during His earthly life. Specifically, we will be looking closely at Jesus' healing of the woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48). Please join us and spend a weekend exploring and deepening your encounter with the living Christ.


Registration is now open for the Lenten Morning Retreat for Faculty and Staff

Thursday, April 4th, 9:00-11:30am

During this retreat, we will spend time reflecting on the necessity of prayer for growth in love of God and neighbor. The retreat will be led by the Most Revered Andrew Cozzens. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Something More


Catholic Studies Talent Show

Saturday April 13
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
OEC Auditorium

Calling all students with wonderful, God-given talents. (Hint: That's all of you!) The Catholic Studies annual Talent Show is just around the corner, and we want you to be a part of it! If you are interested in wowing the judges with your amazing performance, then please email Mackenzie Hunter ( and Vince Koehl ( with...

Title of act
Name(s) of performer(s)
Description of acts


News & Announcements
from the Archdiocese of Minneapolis & St. Paul


A Lenten Online Interactive Retreat on Prayer for Women,

March 6 - April 20

Take time to deepen your relationship with God this Lenten season using online reflection materials provided by Sr. Sandra Weinke, SSND.  Deepen your personal reflection and prayer by meeting weekly, by Skype, phone or in-person, with a School Sister of Notre Dame as a spiritual companion.  Register by March 4th at or contact Sr. Stephanie Spandl at or 651-278-4498.


Home for the Summer

June 15 - August 10, 2019
Home for the Summer" is a Catholic summer household experience for women who are interested in discerning their vocation while living in community for 8 weeks.  This summer program is for women who are college age up to 27. Applications are now being taken. Please see for more information and to fill out an inquiry form.

Bethany House Applications Now Accepted

Bethany House applications are now being accepted for September 2019 to May 2020. Bethany House is a home for women who live in community, pray together, take meals together and discern whether they are called to consecrated life. Bethany House is sponsored by the Office of Vocations and is located in Northeast Minneapolis. We are currently taking applications for women interested in Bethany House. Qualities of a good candidate for Bethany House include single women, ages 20 - 27, who are interested in dedicating a year to intentionally discerning a vocation to religious life. If this describes you, we invite you to contact us by completing the interest form here.