September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

Center for Campus Ministry E-News: September 17, 2018

What's News in Campus Ministry this Week

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Center for Campus Ministry E-News: September 17, 2018

What's News in the Center for Campus Ministry

Meet your 2018-19 Peer Ministers!

Peace Meals

VISION 2018-19

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


2018-19 Peer Ministers!

Last week we introduced our new Peer Ministers as a team. Now we'd like to take some time over the next few weeks to introduce them as the great individuals they are.

Catherine Wessel & Teresa Wilder - Dowling Hall 

Catherine Wessel 

Hello! My name is Catherine Wessel. I'm a senior studying Neuroscience and Catholic Studies and I'm delighted to be one of your peer ministers this year! My favorite pastimes include sitting around a campfire, playing guitar, discussing good books, sharing the Faith with my friends, and adventuring outdoors. I'm excited to share life with you all in my last year at UST!


Teresa Wilder

Hiya, friends! I'm Teresa--a Junior at St. Thomas--and I am so pumped to serve as a Peer Minister this year! Learning is my passion and Elementary Education is my field of Study. You can usually find me dancing, singing, talking too loudly, getting too excited about life, or generally making a fool of myself somewhere on campus. My favorite thing to do is spend time with people and I am so excited to spend time getting to know all the crazy cats on campus (aka You!)!


VISION 2018-19

VISION provides global community building opportunities for St. Thomas students to encounter and work alongside diverse communities that are dedicated to creating a more just world.

The VISION probram will be holding information sessions for their upcoming J-Term trips. All the meetings listed below will be held in the Campus Ministry offices, Room 207 in the Anderson Student Center.

9/18: 12-1pm

9/20: 12-1pm

9/21: 4-5 pm

9/25: 12-1pm

9/26: 4-5 pm

9/27: 12-1 pm

10/1: 4-5pm

10/2: 12-1 pm

10/4: 12-1pm

Come meet these leaders and learn more about this great opportunity.

Have You Heard of Catholic Relief Services [CRS]

Tommie Catholic Kicks-Off for the New Year


Night Light

Take a mid-week break with Jesus! Join us every Wednesday from 9-10 PM at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration ending with Compline (Night Prayer). Depending on the Wednesday, the Adoration time will be in silence or with music. Come recharge by spending some time with God and your community.



Catholic Conversations

Got questions about the Catholic faith? Come ask 'em!

Catholic Conversations meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 PM in ASC 237 and offers you an opportunity to come and informally talk about your questions with a group of fellow students and a couple of our priest chaplains from Campus Ministry. You can even ask your questions anonymously, so this is the perfect chance to ask the burning question you never felt you could, or to talk with others about theirs. See you there!


Are you thinking about becoming Catholic? If so, please contact Fr. James-Peter Trares ( about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the process for entry into the Catholic Church. For more information, also see

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



Dominican Come & See

Wondering if Christ might be calling you to serve Him and the Church as a preacher of the Gospel? Come and see! The Dominicans of the Province of St. Albert the Great will be hosting a Come & See discernment weekend in St. Louis, Missouri [October 12-14], for young men considering a vocation to be a Dominican friar (both priests and brothers). If you feel drawn to a life of study, community, prayer, and preaching, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to see if Dominican life is for you. For more information, talk to our local Dominican friars, Fr. James-Peter Trares, OP ( and Fr. Vincent Davila, OP ( and visit


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

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: