March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017

Center for Ministry E-News: March 27, 2017

Upcoming events with the Center for Ministry

Center for Ministry

Center for Ministry E-News: March 27, 2017

What's New/What's Happening:

Who's New in the Center for Ministry

Faculty & Staff are Invited to a Lenten Morning of Reflection

An Opportunity to Get Involved with Tommie Catholic

It's Tommie Disciple Week

Lenten Seasonal Reflections

Stations of the Cross

Senior Retreat


PSALMS: The Faithfulness of God's Love - Deadline to Register is Coming Soon

Centering Prayer 

Visiting Women's Religious Communities

What's New/What's Happening:


Who's New in the Center for Ministry?

Part of the Center for Ministry's mission statement talks about celebrating the University community's diverse faith traditions and working to meet the pastoral and spiritual growth needs of those populations. To assist in acheiving this part of our mission we have recently welcomed two new members to our staff. Please welcome Reverend Medhat Yoakiem and Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein our newest associate chaplains. Both of them will be in the office on a regular parttime basis. They are looking forward to meeting students as well as faculty and staff.

This week, we are pleased to share an introduction to Pastor Medhat:

 I am pleased and honored to join the Center for Ministry team as your new Protestant/Christian associate chaplain. I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. I am originally from Egypt where I grew up in a Coptic Orthodox family and as part of my journey of faith I became member of the Evangelical Church in Egypt. My native language is Arabic, so English is my second language. I have lived and studied extensively in Egypt and in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island. In August of 2011 I completed a one-year chaplain residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, a rich and fulfilling experience in every way.

 For the past ten years, I have served as a chaplain, youth pastor, pulpit supply, co-pastor, solo pastor, Interim pastor, and interim director of Spiritual Care. I have also been part of the Middle Eastern ministry with the Presbyterian Church USA where I have been an active member of the executive committee of the National Middle East Caucus. I have written two master theses about Middle East issues and the relationship between Christians and Muslims.

 I am looking forward to this new and meaningful work with St. Thomas University as the first Protestant Chaplain to serve all of you (Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodist, United Church of Christ, and all Christians) I am looking for your help and ideas to plant the seeds for God's Kingdom and to do his work at St. Thomas with open hands and warm hearts.

 Let's all remember that the Kingdom of God starts as the Master seed, and we are caller to be his worker and to love the Lord from all our hearts and to do his work with Joy.

 I look forward to hearing from you and working with all of you. Please feel free to contact me:


P: 651-366-2157

 Peace in Christ,

 Rev. Medhat S. Yoakiem

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

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 Disciple

Spend an evening worshipping the Lord.  Join your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ at Tommie Disciple.

Tuesday March 28


Woulfe Alumni Hall

Lenten Seasonal Reflections

We invite you to nourish your faith daily during the season of Lent through the Lenten Seasonal Reflections.  Reflections are brought to you through the generosity of many contributors from our campus community. To read these, visit out Office for Spirituality page, or subscribe to receive them daily via email.

Stations of the Cross

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.



PSALMS: The Faithfulness of God's Love

March 31st -April 1st

Mount Olivet Retreat Center

Join us as we experience God's love through the Psalms. A God that is present, blessing us, loving us unconditionally, restoring us, but also calling us to go out of ourselves in the same way, blessing, loving and restoring.  

Due to Spring Break, Registration has been extended to Noon on Tuesday, March 28th. Spaces are limited, join register now.

To learn more or to register visit:

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 the God.

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

Visiting Women's Religious Communities

Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit five different religious communities to meet, learn, share meals and pray with Catholic Sisters.  We will be with local communities of Franciscan Poor Clares, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of St. Joseph, Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul's Monastery and Visitation Monastery.  website: 

For more information or to RSVP contact or Sr. Jill Underdahl at 651-696-2873 or  RSVP by March 27, 2017.