Meeting Our Family: An Open House "Date"

Admission representatives hold 2019 admitted student packetsFebruary 14 – Valentine’s Day – brought several hundred prospective students and their families to campus for our Early Admission Open House. As I contemplated my remarks late last week, I was struck by Cupid’s arrow with a bit of inspiration…

Applying to college can be a lot like dating.

Somehow you found us – maybe it was a picture, or something you read. Perhaps somebody introduced you to us.

And after a bit of careful consideration – maybe you talked with your parents and with your friends – you decided that you were interested in a serious relationship with us.

So you wrote us a love letter. And you told us that you wanted this relationship. You told us a lot about yourself.

And then we wrote you back with some good news.

But the decision in front of you can be tough. We know you’re seeing other people right now. You probably have dates with some of our friends in Worcester, or Easton, or Winooski…

So the next step in our relationship is to invite you to meet our family.

We’re thrilled that you are considering Saint Anselm College, and appreciate that you have brought your family to meet ours.

Now you have the opportunity to meet our students, faculty, and staff, and some of our alumni. You may fall in love with this place, with our Anselmian community, with the people who live and work and study here. I hope you do.

You may fall in love with an academic program, a service opportunity, the arts, athletics, or politics. Perhaps you will fall in love with the food, our beautiful campus, or an upperclassman who you walk by on a tour.

There is much to love about Saint Anselm College.

I certainly hope that every applicant finds something to love here. For so many of our students and alumni, this campus becomes more than a four-year date, it turns into a lifetime of love for the Hilltop, and the friends, and memories that they make here.

To all of our admitted students, and to your families, I wish you the best as you make your final decisions. I hope to see many of you in August at New Student Orientation.

A Reflection on The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Day

Merry Christmas from Saint Anselm College!

The birth of the Christ Child is upon us!

The angels sing out, the Sheppard’s take care and the newborn enters the world he came to save.

In his homily last Christmas, Pope Francis shared these words:

Jesus entered our history; he has shared our journey. He came to free us from darkness and to grant us light. In him was revealed the grace, the mercy and the tender love of the Father: Jesus is love incarnate. He is not simply a teacher of wisdom, he is not an ideal for which we strive while knowing that we are hopelessly distant from it. He is the meaning of life and history, who has pitched his tent in our midst. May the blessing of our newborn Lord be upon us all.

Merry Christmas!

The above reflection is one in a series of daily Advent Reflections, offered by Campus Ministry. Visit the College's Advent website to read daily reflections from students, faculty and staff.

Merry Christmas, From Our Family To Yours

Dear Members of the Saint Anselm College Community,

As we prepare for the coming of the birth of our Lord, let us give pause to reflect on all that is good in the world. Tumultuous times require us to slow down and find inner peace. It is also a time to give thanks for our family and friends who pave the way for us, much like the light of Christ leads the way for all of his sheep. May this Christmas season bring each of you joy and hope, good fortune and good health, peace and love.

Soon the footsteps in the halls will come to a halt and the lights across the quad will slowly fade. The sound of the bells ringing and the chorus of voices singing from the Abbey Church will continue to reflect the heart and soul of our magnificent campus. In this, our 125th year, let us remember those members of the Benedictine community who created the place we now call home and those who continue to serve us in the goodness of the Lord.

Our best wishes to all Anselmians for a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

May God continue to guide and bless us in all that we do.

From our family to yours,
Steven and Eileen DiSalvo