September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

Center for Ministry E-News: September 18, 2017

Center for Campus Ministry News for the Week

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Center for Ministry E-News: September 18, 2017

This Week in the Center for Campus Ministry

From Our Chaplain

From the Associate Chaplains' Blog

Together for Peace

Tommie Catholic Asks: What's your (prayer) type?

Faculty & Staff Retreat Opportunity

Fall Meditation Series in Minneapolis

From Conflict to Communion

From Our Chaplain

Fr. Larry Blake

St Thomas Aquinas wrote: To live well is to work well, to show a good activity.

While traveling from Colorado Springs, through Denver on my way back to the Twin Cities on Friday I encountered a kindly gentleman who is an icon of St Thomas' quote.
I spotted him while at the gate waiting to board a connecting flight. He was wearing a red and white T-shirt which said: American Red Cross Disaster Team. I approached him and offered an encouraging word for the work that his organization was doing.

Hugh, (his first name) told me that he was a retired pastor. When the 9/11 attack occurred he had wanted to volunteer as a Chaplain. However a recruiter told him that he was too old at that point and should find another way to serve his country. And that he did. He joined the American Red Cross, received training in disaster assistance and has been working at it ever since. He is now 70 years old and told me that he was heading to Houston to help out with the recovery efforts underway.

There is no doubt in my mind that Hugh lives well as he works to better the lives of those who have been besieged by natural disasters. We are never too young or too old to begin living well, by working well and showing a good activity.

Blessings on your week.

From the Associate Chaplains' Blog

My Friend, St. Thomas

By Fr. James Peter

 St. Thomas Aquinas seems to be following me...or maybe I'm following him. When I was preparing for high school, I wanted to attend the Catholic high school nearest my home in Northeastern Ohio, named for St. Thomas Aquinas. Because of cost and distance, my parents said no, and I went to the local public high school. It seems though after that one concession, I have been getting my way, so to speak, ever since.

After high school, I went to Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, studying liturgical music. My plans were to be a church music director. But God had other ideas for me, and I eventually came around to accepting them. By the time I was finished with college, I decided to enter the Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominicans--the same band of preaching friars that St. Thomas Aquinas joined nearly 800 years ago. (As a side note, I like to mention that the last thing I did before beginning formation with the Dominicans was playing keyboard for a Led Zeppelin cover there's that!)

So then I was wearing the same clothes as St. Thomas and frequently studying his amazing philosophical and theological work (among other things, of course!). I attended Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri, doing graduate work in theology and ministry, and learning how to be a friar and a priest. During my formation, I interned for a year at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana...again with the Aquinas! Two years ago, I professed solemn vows, promising to be a Dominican for the rest of my life. This past May, I was ordained a priest with three of my classmates.

Now, after moving to Minneapolis with a community of Dominican friars, I begin my first assignment in full-time ministry at the University of St. Thomas. I'm very excited to work in campus ministry and in teaching theology. I love the college environment and look forward to meeting and serving the people here at the university. (Do stop by and say hello!) My friend Thomas Aquinas hasn't led me wrong so far, and I expect my time here will be a blessed adventure.

 Together for Peace

What's your (prayer) type?

No this isn't a pick up line... it's Tommie Catholic! Come to Woulfe Hall at 8:00pm on Tuesday to find out what type of prayer best suits YOU.  Also, you'll be able to talk with students who share your interests and hear from an amazing speaker. All are welcome.  See you Tuesday!

Tommie Catholic
Tuesday September 19
ASC Woulfe Alumni Hall 8-9pm

Faculty & Staff Retreat Opportunity


Discerning My Place in the World

Fall Reflection Series

Tuesdays, September 26, October 10 and 17 - MSL 242


Led by Prof. Susan Stabile

An important part of higher education is discerning what will be our place in the world. Your graduate studies years are a particularly important part of the process of discerning what will be your place in your profession and in the world.  Discernment (as opposed to decision making) implies a reflective process of determining where you are being invited to put your energies, of determining what your authentic calling is.

Each session stands on its own, so that you may attend any or all of them.  Each will be held from 12:30-1:30 in room 242 at the School of Law. 
As lunch will be served, you will need to RSVP for each session by contacting the Office for Spirituality at by tomorrow.