May 6, 2019
Center for Campus Ministry: May 6
Here's What's Happening this Week
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Center for Campus Ministry: May 6
Pancakes with Jesus
Changes Coming to the Chapel Schedule
Over the next several months, the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas will be undergoing renovation. Because of that, our weekend liturgies will be celebrated at alternate sites on campus. The weekend Masses on May 4 and 5 will be the last ones in our Chapel for this semester. During the month of May, weekend liturgies will be celebrated in the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium (except Saturday, May 11 which will be at 5:30pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall of the Anderson Student Center). Daily Masses will be celebrated at 12:10pm in the chapel of St. John Vianney Seminary[SJV] on the north end of campus. Confession will still be available during the week at 11:30 before Mass in the SJV chapel.
During the months of June, July and August, our weekend liturgies will be held in the chapel of St. John Vianney Seminary. Daily Masses will be at 12:10pm in the Albertus Magnus Chapel in Sitzman Hall.
In September we will joyfully move back into the renovated Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
From Our Associate Chaplain
The trees outside my office are just beginning to bud: new life in all its splendor is on the horizon, and those little green beginnings are exhilarating (especially for someone unaccustomed to Minnesotan winters). It's a fitting image for upcoming graduations, and makes me think about the mixture of emotions our soon-to-be graduates will be experiencing: excitement at new beginnings, gratitude for the blessings God has given during our time here, and the sadness of saying goodbye to dear friends and a whole way of life.
This spring I am experiencing those green buds with our graduating students. My province of Dominican friars has asked me to pursue doctoral studies in theology, and I will begin those studies at the University of Notre Dame this fall. I am very excited: I love theology, and I love teaching (a love I have discovered especially on this campus); and nothing could be more Dominican than studying and sharing what we've studied with others!
This new chapter also gives me an opportunity to be grateful for all the many blessings God has given me here, in this now-closing chapter. I came to Minnesota as a newly ordained priest, and I have loved growing into my priesthood, and the many incredible opportunities I have had to minister. I am particularly grateful that the University of St. Thomas allowed me to mix my two great loves: teaching and pastoral ministry. God has been very good to me.
And as I go, despite the excitement, there is some sadness as well. The thing I will miss about this time and place are the people I've met, those to whom and with whom I've ministered--you all! I know it sounds cliché, but I really mean it. I have so enjoyed getting to know you, and seeing how the Lord is working in your lives--and in the process he has worked in my life, too. I will miss you, and am deeply grateful to you for the many ways you have taken me into this community, the ways you have trusted me, and the witness you have given me.
As I leave here, I want to leave you with one parting thought: God has richly blessed you with many gifts--I've seen that for myself. And God never gives things for naught, nor does he give them just for us, but always to be shared. You all (and me too, of course!) have a sacred duty to put these gifts to work for the building up of the kingdom, and if you trust God and let him work through you, he can do truly incredible things. So, dear friends, don't settle for anything less than holiness, because everything else is second-rate living! God willing, I'll see you all in heaven, where the trees will be in full bloom, and where we can rejoice together at the incredible things God did in us!
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