September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018

Center for Campus Ministry E-News: September 10, 2018

Happy Academic New Year!

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Center for Campus Ministry E-News: September 10, 2018

What's News in the Center for Campus Ministry

From Our Chaplain

From Our Associate Chaplain

First Year Retreat

Meet your 2018-19 Peer Ministers!

Pancakes with Jesus is Back!

Have You Heard of Catholic Relief Services [CRS]

2018-2019 Prayer Healing Seminar

Observing High Holy Days

Observing Ten days of Non-violence at the University of Saint Thomas

News & Announcements from the Archdiocese


From Our Chaplain

Father Lawrence Blake
University Chaplain and Director, Center for Campus Ministry

 In 1978 the rock band, The Who released an album, The Kids are Alright.  A track on that album included the song "Who Are You?"  which later became the theme song for the popular TV series, CSI. 

This question, who are you, may resonate with our incoming freshman in particular.  As new Tommies make their way around campus they are introduced to so many faces, organizations and challenges that they may be left thinking, Who Are you?  

We are the Center for Campus Ministry.  Our mission is to deepen our community's commitment to spiritual growth and social justice through a variety of prayer, service and educational opportunities. Within the center there are three offices, each with their own purpose; the Office for Pastoral Care and Worship, the Office for Service and Social Justice, and the Office for Spirituality.

It is important for you to know that this is an interfaith ministry and whoever you are we invite you to stop by and introduce yourself to us.  We care about you and want to know who you are. 

Words from Our Associate Chaplains

In May we had to say good-bye to Fr. Patrick Tobin,O.P. In August, we met Fr. Vincent Davila, O.P. who has joined our Campus Ministry team. When you see him on campus, please welcome him.


Fr. Vincent Davila, O.P.
Associate Chaplain

Hello all, my name is Fr. Vincent Davila, OP, and I'm a new associate chaplain with campus ministry this year. A little bit about me:  I was born in Spain, but my family immigrated when I was just a kid to lovely Fishers, Indiana (a suburb of Indianapolis). I'm the oldest of four siblings, and my family is a really important part of who I am. I went to Purdue University where I studied mechanical engineering, and it was there that I met the Dominican Friars. By the time I graduated, the pull towards being a Dominican was irresistible and I knew I had to at least try it! So I entered the novitiate right out of college and have loved it since. I was ordained a priest a little over a year ago, and have been at St. Thomas as an adjunct professor of theology for the last year. I'm happy to be here full-time now, taking on a position as associate chaplain along with my teaching work--and excited to be ministering to the members of this university community and to do what I love best: preach the Good News of Jesus Christ and the immensity of God's love for each and every one of us!

First Year Retreat

First Year Overnight Retreat
Sept 15-16, Camp Wapo, Amery, WI

 Get your first semester at St Thomas off to a good start by joining us for a weekend of fun, connections and fellowship with other first year students. This retreat is a great opportunity to make new friends and build community as you reflect on your relationship with God and how to integrate your faith into the various aspects of college life.

Do not miss this great opportunity to connect with other students of faith and Invite God in as you start your college journey! All Freshman students are welcome!

Deadline for registration is Wednesday Sept 12. Register by visiting:‌

Meet your 2018-19 Peer Ministers!

Peer Ministers are a team of undergraduate student leaders who live in the residence halls and are committed to the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors through outreach to the entire student body.

Catherine Wessel & Teresa Wilder - Dowling Hall     Jenny Keller & Morgan Woodward - Grace Hall

Derrick Diedrich & Tony Preston - Brady Hall           John Lucke & Billy Siebenaler - Ireland Hall

Pancakes with Jesus is back!


Over 400 students enjoyed pancakes made by the Peer Ministers at the Pancakes with Jesus Kick-off on Monahan Plaza. 

During the Kick-off, the Peer Ministers showcased their talents by singing karaoke in Scooters as an invitation to other students to join them on the Plaza. 

Follow the Peer Ministers on Istagram @ust_peer_ministry to see where they'll be serving each week.


Eucharistic Adoration

 Perpetual Adoration will be available at Koch Commons chapel starting soon. We invite students and others in the community to consider spending time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. If you are interest in taking an hour weekly visit the link ADORATION to sign up for a timeslot.

Adoration will begin as soon as all the timeslots are filled.

If you have questions please contact Vincent Koehl.

Have You Heard of Catholic Relief Services [CRS]


2018-2019 Prayer Healing Seminar 

The first episode ofthe 2018-2019 Prayer Healing Seminar based on the School of Healing Prayer of Francis and Judith MacNutt will meet as usual at 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018, in Owens Science Hall room 150 (the 3M Auditorium) on the South Campus of the University of St. Thomas. New participants are welcome: invite your friends.

Here are the expected dates for this school year:

September 21
October 19 and 26
November 16  and 30
(Skip December: Christmas break)
January 18 and 25 (optional-January term)
February 15 and 22
March 15 and 22
April 26 

Click 2018-19 Prayer Healing Seminar for a document with the full contents of the series we currently own as well as parking instructions.

Please email Fr. David Smith for more information.

Observing the High Holy Days 

The Jewish community is currently observing the High Holy Days and the Center for Campus Ministry would like to share some information to help you better understand the meaning and significance of these days.

Beginning at sundown on September 9 and continuing through sundown on September 11th, the Jewish community is celebrating Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year.  This is year 5779 on the Hebrew calendar, which is based on the lunar calendar.  Rosh Hashanah also marks the beginning of the Days of Awe or the Days of Repentance, a time when Jews reflect deeply on the preceding year and ask forgiveness of anyone they may have wronged. 

The Days of Awe conclude with Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown of September 18th and ends at sundown on September 19th this year.  Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is considered the holiest day of the Jewish year and is typically spent in prayer at the synagogue.  Yom Kippur is also a day of fasting.

Students, if you are looking for an opportunity to attend Rosh Hashanah services (September 9/10/11) or Yom Kippur services (September 18/19) you may contact Rabbi Morris Allen about attending service at a synagogue or at Hillel on the University of Minnesota campus.

Faculty and Staff: there are just a few things that should be noted:

  • Tuesday night (September 18th) through Wednesday evening (September 19th) is a day of fasting and some students may be fasting.
  • Additionally, these days are of high significance to Jewish students and therefore some students may be missing class or work in order to attend services.

  • Students should be communicating this to their professors and/or supervisors.

[Special thanks to Becca Swiler, Director, Child Development Center for her contributions to this article. Additional information obtained from: ]


Observing Ten Days of Non-Violence
at the University of St. Thomas



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

Reminder!  Join us Tuesday evening, September 11 for a Holy Hour for Vocations.  We are coming together to pray for an increase in holy vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life!

Holy Hours for Vocations
Tuesday, September 11
7 - 8 p.m.

St. Therese
18323 Minnetonka Blvd
Deephaven, MN 55391

All people of the Archdiocese are invited to participate in the Holy Hours for Vocations, a new program sponsored by the Office of Vocations. This year's seminarian poster shows the calendar of the Holy Hours for Vocations that will be taking place at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. 

Each month, the Holy Hour for Vocations will take place at a different parish in the Archdiocese. Come spend an hour with Jesus each month to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life and diaconate. For more information, please contact the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890 or visit

Miriam Dinner   

Tuesday, October 2
6 - 8 p.m.
Holy Cross Catholic Church
1621 University Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413

The Miriam Dinner, hosted by Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Father David Blume, is an event for women, ages 16 - 35, who are discerning consecrated life.  It is typical for women discerners to be accompanied by their Pastor, Consecrated Religious, or Youth Minister.  The evening begins with prayer, followed by dinner with consecrated women sharing their vocations testimonies.  Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invites women, ages 16 - 35, who present a sincere interest in consecrated life to attend the Miriam Dinner.

For information and to register, see Registration required by September 28.

Retreats at the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Motherhouse

Jesu Caritas Weekend
October 5 - 7
Nashville, Tennessee

Vocation Retreat
November 8 - 11
Nashville Tennessee

Retreat for single women between the ages of 17 and 30.  

For more information:  Contact Sister Peter Marie, O.P. 615.256.0147 or email:

Consumed by His Love Retreat

Led by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

October 26 - 28
North St. Paul, MN

 Retreat for single women between the ages of 18 - 35.  Meet the Carmelite Sisters and get a glimpse into our life in Carmel. 

Learn more about our life of consecration through: 

  •   Conferences on Prayer, Religious Life & Carmelite Spirituality
  •   Time for Prayer & Reflection
  •   Question and Answer Sessions
  •   Enjoy Times of Recreation with the Sisters

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles practice a contemplative tradition of Carmel flowing in to the works of the apostolate - healthcare, education & retreat work.

For more information, contact Sister Elizabeth Therese, O.C.D. 626.300.8938 or see

To rsvp, please email: