Let me walk you through a brief contemplation of this truth of our lives, [the fact of who I am and whose I am]. It is a vision and a practice worth returning to again and again… Imagine yourself on the bank of the Jordan River. What does the scene look like? Who’s there? Is it noisy or quiet?…What does the air feel like on your skin, in your hair? Then look into the river and let your eyes rest on the figure of John the Baptist and whoever else is there. But ultimately, let your gaze focus on the person of Jesus. Behold his face and sense his presence. Once you’ve “composed the place”, as Ignatius describes that use of imagination in prayer, let Jesus call you into the river. How do you feel when he locks eyes with you and beckons you to come join him? Allow yourself to wade into the water. You’re side by side with Jesus. Maybe you have a brief talk with him. Do you want to say anything to him about how you’re feeling? Or maybe you just want to take a moment or two in quiet being in his presence. Soon, though, […]
Catholic Liturgy and Worship
Join us in sharing the mystery of faith through our many prayer and worship opportunities. We welcome all and pray that everyone may find a place of peace and transcendence in our prayer and worship.
Whether for Sunday Eucharist or Opening Year Celebration, we seek to foster and promote worship that “draws the faithful into the compelling love of Christ and sets them on fire” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy §10).
Together, the worship and prayer life at the university is both rich in its heritage and diversity.
Join us in sharing the mystery of faith through our many worship opportunities. We welcome all and pray that everyone may find a place of peace and transcendence in our prayer and worship.
Chapels & Prayer Spaces
Numerous chapels and prayer spaces, rich in history and artistic design, are available to the St. Thomas community for spiritual nourishment. Campus meditation spaces are open to people from all faith traditions.
As liturgical ministers, students are called to help the community celebrate. Join us and let the spirit and power of the liturgy be one of your teachers.
Music ministry supports and leads community worship by engaging hearts, minds and bodies in active participation.
Vocalists and instrumentalists of every type of band and orchestral instrument are needed for Sunday Masses, special liturgies and ecumenical services.
Mass intentions are special intentions offered to God as prayers of intercession and thanksgiving in and through the Eucharist.
We are happy to receive Mass intention requests from current students, faculty and staff, as well as members of our alumni community and donors. We will do our best to find a date for your intention within four to six weeks.
Ministries and Life Events
St. Thomas alumni, current students, faculty and staff, as well as children of alumni, faculty and staff are eligible to reserve a chapel for their wedding.
Should a couple prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage at St. Thomas, we look forward to helping them prepare for their wedding, a very special day, and also for their marriage, which lasts a lifetime.
Funerals and Memorials
The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas is a place of spiritual nourishment for students, many of whom also choose to be married there. It is also a fitting place to remember and celebrate the lives of those for whom the University of St. Thomas has been significant. We welcome you and stand ready to assist in celebrating the life of your loved one.
Campus Ministry provides information and formation for members of St. Thomas who are interested in becoming Catholic. Those interested may be from another Christian tradition, another religious tradition, or have no religious background. We work to find the best way to help you learn more about the Catholic faith and to discern where God is calling you.
Is God tugging at your heart, asking you to discern your vocation? Take a moment, say a prayer, and glance at some of the vocation material here. We have discernment material, event calendars, and community information. May the Lord bless your discernment of where He is calling you!
June 14, 2023
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launched the National Eucharistic Revival last year, an initiative that will lead to the celebration of the National Eucharistic Congress in the summer of 2024. The Eucharistic Revival is a movement to restore understanding and devotion to the great mystery and gift the Eucharist is for the Church and for the world. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. At his last supper with his disciples, Jesus gave us the greatest gift, the gift of the Eucharist, and he asked us that night to do it in memory of him. The Church has faithfully celebrated the Eucharist through two thousand years and all around the world, even the most remote of places because in the Church all comes from the Eucharist and all goes back to it. It was in the Eucharist that the early Church found its source and foundation, it is in the Eucharist that the Church today finds its meaning and its call to recognize the Risen Lord and be his witness in the world. In the Eucharist we share in Jesus’ own offering and can offer ourselves to the Father. Through taking part of the Eucharistic […]
June 14, 2023
Pope Francis has continuously invited us during his pontificate to build a culture of encounter, addressing the United States Catholic Bishops in 2016, he said, “Our great challenge is to create a culture of encounter which encourages individuals and groups to share the richness of their traditions and experience; to break down walls and to build bridges…We are called to be bearers of good news for a society kept by disconcerting social, cultural and spiritual shifts and increasing polarization.” The call to build a culture of encounter is rooted in the Gospel and particularly in the fact that God became human. He “humbled himself,” becoming not only one of us, but one who showed himself vulnerable, from not having a place to be born, to his death on the cross. Christ emptied himself to embrace our humanity in the most ordinary and vulnerable way, encountering and inviting us to encounter others in the deep way he did with us, becoming vulnerable, embracing the other to be able to fully listen, touch and understand their experience. Pope Francis reminds us that the Incarnation is the criterion for Christian love: “this is our truth: God sent his Son, who became flesh and […]
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