Thursday, April 7, 2016


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 24 no 24

April 10, 2016 - Third Sunday of Easter

+  Acts 5:27-32, 40-41  +  Revelation 5:11-14  +  John 21:1-19  +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday4.1010:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                   
Monday     4.11Noon+ Gilberto Correa
Tuesday     4.124:30 pm+ Dr. Gerald Cooper, Jr '04
Wednesday     4.139:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday4.14          4:30 pm+ Michael Hart, '62          
Friday        4.15Noon+ Gerald Lafeber, '60

This Week's Activities Include:
Sunday: Busy Student Retreat Orientation 7:30 pm (Gathering Space)
Monday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8:00 pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8:00 pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); Mass & More 9:15 pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Busy Student Retreat Closing 5:30 pm (Gathering Space); Women & Faith 8 pm (Gathering Space)

Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or  
Twitter: @FrChuckAdam
Fr. Chuck Adam, Chaplain
Chris Clow, Director of Music and Liturgy
Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Social Justice
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Faith Formation
Tom Prior, Grad Assistant

Prayer Ministry - send intentions to

What About You?
When Pope Francis visited Philadelphia this past September, he praised the religious women and men who built and staffed centers for education, healthcare, and places for charity and service in America. He especially spoke of Sister Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia-native and champion of education and health care for minorities and the poor. He told the story of a meeting she had with Pope Leo XIII in the years before she ever considered becoming a nun.She wanted the pope to send priests and nuns to the missions in the United States, but he turned the request around and asked her: “What about you? What are you going to do?” Pope Francis went on to say that this exchange reminded Drexel that every baptized Christian has a mission to build up the Church. In our own day, he said, “we must challenge and inspire others to recognize their mission for the good of Church and society.” I believe we do that at St. Ambrose. Recently a YouTube video promoting an upcoming collection for seminarian education was produced by the Diocese of Davenport. One of the speakers in the video was Deacon Ross Epping who will be ordained a priest this summer.  Ross stated that he found inspiration for his vocation from the priests he met while a student at St. Ambrose. How nice to hear. But I am certain that Ross’ story is not an isolated example. Many have found inspiration from dedicated faculty and staff who approach their positions at St. Ambrose not simply as a career, but as a vocation of service. This Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. mass we are honored to celebrate with our president Sister Joan Lescinski as she marks 50 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. We are grateful that Sister Joan asked to renew her vows and give witness to the joy of her vocation in the presence of students and the SAU community. We congratulate her and thank God for her witness. And as we reflect on the witness of so many others, may each of us find a way to answer the question once asked to St. Katharine Drexel: “What about you?”   ---Fr. Chuck 

•Celebrating Sister Joan’s Golden Jubilee
Please join the SAU community at the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday April 10 in Christ the King Chapel for a celebration honoring Sister Joan Lescinski’s Golden Jubilee as a sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  During the mass Sister Joan will renew her vows. A reception will follow in the Gathering Space.  We congratulate Sister Joan and we are honored to be able to celebrate her 50 years of service in religious life.

•Senior Bee-Leaving Retreat
St. Ambrose seniors are invited to an overnight retreat, Friday, April 15-16 at Sugar Creek Retreat Center.  Join your classmates for a fun evening to celebrate the past & spiritually prepare for the future.   Depart for the retreat from St. Ambrose at 5 p.m., Friday, April 15th and return Saturday morning.  Cost is just $10, and we’ll provide the evening meal and breakfast.   Please register online at by April 13th.   For more information contact us at

•Welcome Busy Student Retreat Guides
We are pleased to welcome  Sr. Rita Cameron, PBVM; Fr. Thom Hennen, Fr. Adam MacDonald, SVD; Sr. Stefanie MacDonald, OSB; and Sr. Belinda Monahan, OSB to campus as spiritual guides for this semester’s Busy Student Retreat.  They will spend the week helping students reflect on scripture and the movement of God in their lives. Please keep these directors and students in your prayers this week.

•Service on Saturday
Join us this Saturday April 9th at the RiverBend FoodBank from 10:15am-12:45pm to help pack backpacks with food for area children.  Next weekend on Saturday April 16th from 8:30am-11:15am we’ll be helping at Project Renewal’s Fit-Fest event, a fundraiser for the after-school organization.  Volunteers are needed to help with directing traffic and timing the participants during the event.  Want to help?  Email!

•Turn In Your Rice Bowls
If you haven’t yet turned in your Rice Bowl, please bring it to the Chapel Gathering Space, and leave it in the marked basket.  Proceeds go to fight hunger in the Quad Cities as well as globally.  You can also make a donation by going straight to CRS online.  Thank you for your generosity!

•Brewed Awakening
Join us Monday, April 11 at 8pm in the Gathering Space for our final Brewed of the year. In preparation for Earth Day, GreenLife will lead a discussion about global climate change, invasive species, and Earth Week.  Free coffee specialty drinks and hot chocolate will be provided.

•CommUNITY day
Come help out spring clean-up in the neighborhoods around campus for the 2nd year in the row with CommUNITY day on Sunday, April 17 from 12-5pm.  SAU students, faculty, and staff are invited to form a team of up to six people, and register on this website for the day:  Help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors!

•Service Hours Tabulation
Please help us tabulate hours of service that have been given to the community during the 2015-2016 academic year from our students, faculty & staff members!  Please log onto this form by Monday, April 25th, to record hours of service from your class, club, or service you did on your own as a member of the SAU community:

•Service Trip in May
Another service trip has been added!  Consider joining the service trip during the week of May 15-20 to the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in central Illinois, an organic farm with gardens, alpacas, and chickens.  Lots of time outdoors on this trip - We’ll work in the gardens as the growing season begins and work with the alpacas and chickens.   Applications are due by Monday April 18 and can be found in the chapel gathering space and lower chapel or by contacting

•2016 Baecke Lecture - Justice for People with Disabilities: The Capabilities Approach
Dr. Martha Nussbaum, PhD, will present the 2016 Baecke Endowment for the Humanities Lecture on Thursday, April 14 at 7pm in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.  Dr. Nussbaum is the current Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, holding associate appointments in classics, divinity, and political science, and is an author and editor of numerous books and publications.  The Baecke Endowment, established in 1981 by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Baecke, enhances teaching and learning experiences in the humanities.  This lecture is free and open to the public.

•OT Program Equipment Drive
The Occupational Therapy program is starting a Reutilization Program to collect gently used assistive technology devices (such as wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and other self care devices) to distribute to underserved individuals who are being seen in the new interprofessional clinic at the Health Sciences Building.  The drive is taking place April 18-22.  If you have an item you would like to donate, or to see the full list of items they are looking for, please email or call x6128.

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 23-26, July 28-31 
Want to work in youth ministry?  The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program is for you!  This program can be completed in just two summers, and provides students with the tools to help them be successful youth ministers.  Can also earn up to 8 hours of Theology credit.  Find applications online or email

•Catholics on Call Conference - August 3-6
Thinking about the possibility of a life of service in the Church as a lay minister, religious sister or brother, or priest?  Catholics on Call is offering a summer conference at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL for young adults (ages 18-30) who are striving to discover God’s call in their lives.  Gain insight from renowned speakers and skilled church ministers, and have the time to listen as God speaks within you.  A no-pressure experience that provides you with a better understanding of vocation, prayer, and discernment, and offers skills that will support you as you make decisions for your future.  Conference fee is only $100 (includes lodging and meals).  Learn more and apply online here: