October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

Center for Campus Ministry E-News October 16, 2017

Center for Campus Ministry News

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Center for Campus Ministry E-News October 16, 2017

Center Happenings

Words from Our Chaplain

Associate Chaplains Blog Update

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Staff

Conflict to Communion

Tommie Catholic Presents:  Priests Have Lives?

VISION: Rolling Admission

Meet Your Peer Ministers

Peer Minister Info Sessions

Catholic Relief Services Regional Training at St. Thomas

VISION Site Spotlight: Guatemala

Kairos Retreat

October - The Month of the Rosary

An Evening with Kate Hennessy

From Our Chaplain

What is in a hero?

It has been more than two weeks since we awoke to the horrific news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas.  At first report there were 20 dead and many wounded.  The death toll climbed to 59 dead and several hundred wounded by one gunman. 

During the days following stories emerged of people who rushed to aid the wounded even at the risk of their own lives.  Amy and Krystal, two friends from the west coast, were in attendance when the gunfire erupted. They were immediately forced to the ground by a complete stranger who covered the two women with his own body.  Only later did he realize that he had been wounded.

There was the young couple, Lindsay and Mark who turned their pickup into an ambulance, allowing the wounded to be loaded into the bed of the truck to be rushed to the hospital.

There was Anthony, whose brother Nick was hit in the chest, opening a life threatening wound, Anthony, a paramedic grabbed a first aid bag from a police car (with the officer's permission) and plugged the sucking chest wound with a plastic tube and bandaged it so that his brother was able to be rushed to the hospital for surgery.

In the gospel for last Monday, we heard the story of the Good Samaritan. Most in Jesus' day did not think of Samaritans as good.  They thought of them as heretics which is why they had little or no contact with them.  That Jesus, in telling the parable makes the hero of the story a Samaritan is significant.  Here is an outsider living in accordance with God's will while others turn aside from their neighbor in need.

Sadly there will always be those intent on doing harm to others like the robbers in the parable, and more recently the shooter in Las Vegas.  We may not be able to prevent this, but we can respond with compassion to our neighbor in need as the Samaritan did, and as these heroes of Las Vegas did.

Associate Chaplains Blog Update

Our associate chaplains have been busy not only writing their blog articles but also recording them for a podcast. We will be adding a page to our website where you will be able to access not only past articles but also the links to the podcasts. To get you started, here is a link to the poscast of the first article which was written by Fr. Blake. Stay tuned for new articles and more information as we launch our new page.

Meet Our Newest Staff Member

Valentino Piran, D.S.M

I was born and grew up in Vicenza, the city of Palladio, Italy. I completed my European piano musical studies at the "Pedrollo" Conservatory of Music.

Once I moved to the USA, I also completed a Master Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Doctoral Degree in Sacred Music at the Graduate Theological Foundation. I have been married to my wife Nancy for 10 years. We have four children and enjoy family life, different outdoors activities, cooking and spending time together playing games.

I am very happy to be at the University of St. Thomas and to work providing a variety of worship experiences at our chapel for all students, faculty and staff.

*Editor's Note: Dr. Piran enjoys meeting new people, if you're in the Chapel, please feel free to stop and introduce yourself.

Conflict to Communion

Last weekend St Thomas hosted From Conflict to Communion: Commemorating the Reformation with New Eyes. This was a beautiful ecumenical gathering in which participants reflected on the events that led to the Reformation and the development of the Ecumenical work between Lutherans and Catholics. The morning was blessed by the presence of our speakers Dr. Dirk Lange from Luther Seminary, Dr. Christian Washburn from St. Paul Seminary and Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Bishop Patricia Lull from the St Paul ELCA Area Synod who shared in dialogue and led us in prayer.

Tommie Catholic Presents:  Priests Have Lives?

Tuesday October 17 8-9pm
Woulfe Alumni Hall

One Night Only!  Come out and see these priests showcase their talents to the whole world

 VISION: Rolling Admission

 Our priority deadline has passed, but we still have spots available for J-Term! If anyone would still like to apply, fill out an application as soon as possible. Rolling admission ends on Friday, Oct. 20th. It is a straightforward process and the interview is casual. Leave room for adventure this J-Term! We would love to have you apply if you haven't already!

 For more info, visit stthomas.edu/vision

Apps can be found here

Questions? Email vision@stthomas.edu

Meet Our Peer Ministers

This week we continue to introduce you to two more of our Peer Ministers

Hazel Jordan

My name is Hazel Jordan and I'm a Junior majoring in Communication & Journalism and minoring in Catholic Studies. I was born in the Philippines and my family and I moved here when I was seven years old. I never thought that I'd be going to school at UST and have a deep desire to learn about the Catholic Church and live a life for Jesus Christ, but He has led me here! I love anything involving the arts--theatre, singing, drawing, painting, photography--reading and discussing theology, going to Daily Mass and Evening Prayer and hanging out with friends. Please don't hesitate to introduce yourself to me or call me up for coffee--I'd love to get to know you! 


 Vincent Kohel

My name is Vincent Koehl and I have travelled from Carmel, Indiana, the roundabout capital of the world, to get to know you all and connect you into a deeper relationship with Our Lord. I am currently a Sophomore here at St. Thomas with a double major of Chemistry and Neuroscience, but that does not mean I will not have free time to just chill and have a great time doing numerous activities. Whatever activities and hobbies you enjoy I'm always up to try new things or partake in friendly competition or even just chill and talk while playing videogames.  Hope to meet as many of you as possible as we grow throughout this upcoming year.



If you would like to serve your peers out of heartfelt compassion and concern for God's people, be a positive role-model and witness to a life of faith on and off campus and minister to create meaningful encounters, then Peer Ministry might be for you!


• Desire to grow in faith and/or discern a call to ministry
• Have completed two full semesters at the University of St. Thomas - preference given to Junior and Senior students
• Have maintained a GPA of at least 2.5 or above and be in good standing with the University
• Previous experience working in youth ministry or leadership position helpful but not required

Information Sessions for next year's application:

Wednesday, Oct 18th, 3-4 p.m. ASC 202

Thursday, Oct 19th, 12-1 p.m. ASC 236

St. Thomas will be hosting Catholic Relief Services Regional Training!

Training is a wonderful way to receive formal instruction about CRS in general, the social justice issues currently at play on the world's stage, and who we are/what we do as CRS Ambassadors. It's a great forum for networking with ambassadors from other universities while becoming empowered as an ambassador yourself, all facilitated by official CRS representatives. Training will be held next Saturday, October 21st from 10 am - 4 pm in McNeely Hall 100. To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/2017CRSTrainingRegistration Deadline is Monday, October 16th. Please let Emily Dalsky know if you'd be interested in serving in any way with training at dals0015@stthomas.edu

 VISION Site Spotlight: Guatemala


Have you ever wondered when and where the first VISION trip took place? Would you guess that it was over 31 years ago?  If so, you guessed correctly! VISION started in 1987, with a trip to San Lucas Toliman near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.  This upcoming January will be our 32nd year partnering with the Friends of San Lucas mission. 

The mission's Minnesota roots go even deeper than St. Thomas, though.  In 1962, Father Greg Shaffer moved from the New Ulm diocese to the community of San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.  Father Greg worked alongside the people of Guatemala and worked for spiritual, intellectual, and physical enrichment by addressing not just the immediate effects of poverty, but also the root causes.  Father Greg was well-loved and respected, but did not impose his own personal agenda.  He and the people of San Lucas worked together to successfully address issues of land ownership, education, and healthcare.  Like VISION, the mission of San Lucas Mission is to learn from and serve alongside the community rather than to "help."

While each VISION trip to San Lucas is a little bit different based on the current needs of the community, common activities include building wood houses and concrete houses, learning about the coffee harvest and fair-trade coffee process, constructing brick stoves for homes, spending time learning about reforestation efforts, and meeting elders from the community to learn about the civil war or Mayan culture.  VISION is accepting applications for this J-term until October 20th

If you are unable to go on a VISION trip this January but are still interested in the San Lucas Mission, the Friends of San Lucas mission offers opportunities for individuals to volunteer for a week or two, or to participate in a year-long internship in Guatemala.  Swing by the Center for Campus Ministry and ask for Jacob Cunningham or look online to find more information.

 There is still space available for Kairos - come join us!


Join other students every Monday of October to pray the Holy Rosary at the Peace Garden on the south end of the Chapel at 7 p.m. Do not miss this opportunity to pray together as we pray for different intentions throughout the Month and unite with the local church this month as the Archdiocese is consecrated to Our Lady.

All are welcome!

*Rainsite will be Florance Chapel

Sponsored by the Office for Spirituality


An Evening with Kate Hennessy

Kate Hennessy is the youngest granddaughter of Dorothy Day and has authored Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty.

She will be speaking at St. Thomas More School Auditorium (1079 Summit Avenue) on October 24 at 7:00 p.m.  Although there is a $15 charge, the talk is free for students with identification.