Now located in the Lower Church Sacristy of the Abbey Church, Campus Ministry is still as active as ever, offering many fall programs that provide students with opportunities for spiritual growth, service, and more. With the upcoming renovation and expansion of the Student Center Complex, many offices previously located in the building have moved to temporary spaces around campus, including Campus Ministry.
The Monastery has graciously welcomed Campus Ministry back to the Abbey Church, a venue that had served the office for many years before their relocation to the Student Center. Campus Ministry Director Susan Gabert extends her thanks to the many people who helped with the move. “We are pleased with how the space turned out and we are thankful for the generosity of the monks,” she says.
The best way to get to Campus Ministry’s new location is through the side door of the church across from the statue of Saint Benedict behind Joseph Hall, then down the elevator. It can also be accessed through the main entrance of the Abbey Church, down the stairs to the left, and proceeding to the office via the hallway to the left of the alter in the Lower Church.
OPEN HOUSE: Join the Campus Ministry staff for coffee and donuts on the first Friday of every month from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Campus Ministry office
Campus Ministry staff and student-leaders have been busy continuing their long-standing and popular programs, like Service and Solidarity Mission trips, as well as implementing new opportunities to appeal to a wider range of students. The new Anselmian 360 overnight experience has been established to help first-year students understand what Saint Anselm College is all about as an academic institution and a Benedictine community. Campus Ministers Sarah Catherine Haines and Andy Fellows have put in countless hours as they plan and work with leaders to help the program take off as successfully as possible.
Preparation for Service and Solidarity Mission trips is also already in full swing as student leaders coordinate details with their Winter and Spring Break Alternative sites. This year, students will volunteer, serve, and immerse themselves in local communities at over 17 locations across the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Because these trips are funded by donations, Campus Ministry organizes an annual bowling night fundraiser as a fun way to socialize with other WBA and SBA participants. This year’s fundraiser will cost just $15 and take place Thursday, October 20 at 9 p.m. Transportation is available from campus for anyone interested in participating.
Gather, a new program on the first and third Thursday of every month, encourages students to socialize and get acquainted with Campus Ministers, while relaxing and meeting new students. Events include Paint Night with Joycelin, 'Pure Barre' with Sue, an evening of Thursday night football with Andy and a southern hospitality and movie night with Sarah Catherine.
The Office of Campus Ministry also promotes students’ involvement in the communities surrounding Saint Anselm College. Parish Outreach is a student-led day retreat where middle and high school students preparing to make their Confirmation visit campus to further understand their faith journey and the Sacrament they are about to receive.
Upcoming events include the annual Thanksgiving Basket collection, in partnership with Catholic Charities of New Hampshire. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to donate food and other goods to fill a basket and provide Thanksgiving dinners for local families in need. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Campus Ministry will sponsor a Fair Trade Fair, supporting artisans and farmers in developing countries by selling their handcrafted gifts, jewelry, and more. The office also collaborates with the Multicultural Center for the annual Celebration of Light to begin the holiday season with an intercultural dinner and traditional holiday celebrations from around the world.
Campus Ministry encourages students to visit the office during business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The common area of the office is open until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday for meetings, programs, or just as a hang out or study spot.
The Abbey Church holds mass on Sunday at 11 a.m, and 7 p.m., Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. in the Lower Church. Daily mass with the monks is at 5:15 p.m.