Office For Spirituality
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 alms giving. 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. We have an opportunity to do this this year 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 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.
The Office for Spirituality provides programs and events for spiritual development and enrichment for the entire university community – faculty, student and staff, regardless of their faith. Our offerings include overnight and weekend retreats, on-site days of reflection. seasonal reflection series, and the University’s peer ministry program. The Office also co-sponsors Tommie Catholic and Tommie Disciple.
Information about all of these programs can be found here on our website via the above links, so please explore. We also encourage you to sign up for the Center for Campus Ministry's e-Newsletter to learn more about our events and programs.
In addition, feel free to stop by our office in ASC 207 or e-mail us at email@example.com. And if there is something you would like to see us offering that we are not doing now, please drop by and speak to Marta Pereira Vindas, Director of the Office for Spirituality.
The Office for Spirituality is one of three offices that comprise our Center for Campus Ministry. The links below will take you to the other two offices: The Office for Pastoral Care and Worship (worship, liturgy, pastoral care) and the Office for Service and Social Justice (VISION, VIA Tommies Together, and CRS), as well as to the University's Office of Mission.