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Whether you’re looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities here in the Twin Cities (VIA), to expand your definition of community (VISION) or to participate in the ongoing discussions about what social justice means, you’ve come to the right place. Information about our programs can be found here on our website via the above links, so please explore.  We also encourage you to sign up for the Campus Ministry's e-Newsletter to learn more about our events and programs.

All are welcome to stop by our office in ICF LL 18 or e-mail office director, Jacob Cunningham at jdcunningham@stthomas.edu.

The Office for Service and Social Justice is one of three offices that comprise Campus Ministry.  The links below will take you to the other two offices: the Office for Pastoral Care and Worship, and the Office for Spirituality (retreats, reflection series, peer ministry), as well as the University's Office for Mission.

For Lent For Life: Opening our hearts in solidarity with those who experience hunger in the world

During Lent, we are called to be transformed and transform the world around us.  Three important pillars of Lent help us open our hearts to God and others: a call for deeper prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We are called to give up—by fasting and abstaining practices—but also called to give ourselves to others, entering in solidarity with those suffering in the world. This year, we have an opportunity to do this by participating in the Rice Bowl program here at St Thomas.

With this year's slogan "For Lent and For Life", the Rice Bowl is a program by Catholic Relief Services, in which faith communities throughout the United States put their faith into action during Lent. Lenten alms donated through CRS Rice Bowl support the work of CRS in roughly 45 different countries where CRS works with refugees and poor communities.

What is a CRS Rice Bowl?

The iconic CRS Rice Bowl you will see at different distribution spaces on campus is part of a nationwide initiative.  This simple cardboard box is a tool for collecting money during Lent that will go to families experiencing hunger around the world.  With the rice bowl comes a Lenten calendar that guides us through the 40 days of Lent with activities, reflections and stories of hope from CRS’ work around the world. These stories are examples of the kinds of communities where the Lenten contributions of those participating in the Rice Bowl initiative are changing lives.

We invite you to participate with others around campus and throughout the US by considering these suggestions as part of your Lenten plan:

  • Pick up a CRS Rice Bowl at one of the Masses on February 23rd, in Dorsey Way on Ash Wednesday or anytime at the Center for Campus Ministry
  • Use your CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar daily to guide your prayer, fasting and almsgiving
  • Read the Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey—and guide your Lenten almsgiving

Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more about the Rice Bowl and the communities supported through this initiative.