What a pleasure it is to wish our new graduates a heartfelt congratulations!
Graduates, your hard work and persistence has borne fruit. You leave your college years with a degree, but hopefully also a richer experience of life, others, self, and God. Our community has been so blessed by your presence, gifts, and talents. It is bittersweet to see you go, to see things change. But, as is the promise of Christ in all things, we know that with every loss there is life, with every challenge there is blessing. What a gift you will be to the next communities you are a part of!
Blessings and joy as you continue on your journey. May you continue to grow in relationship with God and others. Know you always have a home at the Newman Center.
The final week of the semester has arrived! This time of the year seems to always have a paradoxical feel. On the one hand, there is the season of Advent, with its themes of expectant waiting, hopeful anticipation, and cheerful preparation for Christmas. On the other, is the mad dash to the end of the semester filled with finals study sessions, paper writing, and project work. In campus ministry, we are aware of this tension and offer a place for students to find some Advent peace in the midst of the stressful conclusion of to the semester. This past Friday, students gathered for an evening of Advent prayer and reflection. This weekend, we will be distributing Finals Stress Relief Packages to faculty and students. These simple care packages are filled with snacks, but just as important, they are a reminder that our faith community offers our care and prayers for a successful exam week. On Monday evening at 8 pm, students are invited to gather for an hour of quiet, reflective prayer time with Taize Prayer, followed by a breakfast themed meal. We conclude our activities with a Christmas Party on Thursday at 7 pm in the Parish Hall, complete with a meal and a white elephant gift exchange. Please keep students and faculty in your prayers this week!