Thursday, May 6, 2021

5.9.21

 

Campus Ministry Bulletin - May 9th, 2021
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Thom Hennen, Chaplain
Lauren Bollweg, Coordinator of Music, Justice, & Media
Claire McCarthy, Graduate Assistant


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Campus Ministry Reflections

      Twenty-one years ago I was sitting at my desk in my room on the 3rd floor of Hayes Hall working on my senior self-evaluation for seminary.  I had some classical music playing softly in the background.  In fact, I know exactly what piece I was listening to: the second movement of Beethoven’s “Sonata Pathétique.”  As I wrote, I found myself suddenly overcome with emotion.  I was crying.  They were tears of sadness at the thought of having to leave this place that had become such a dear home to me, but mostly tears of gratitude, for the learning I had received, the experiences I had had, the friends I had made.  What seemed like such a chaotic path to me in the middle of it all, now seemed to make sense.  I was grateful to God for this time, even for the twists and turns, the stumbles and falls, for seeing me through this time, without really feeling like I had deserved it in any way, and bringing me safely to the next part of the path.  All I could do was cry and say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”  I have felt almost exactly the same way in the last few weeks, as I have looked back on my past four years as chaplain at this beautiful place.  In speaking with many of our soon-to-be graduates, I know that this has been their experience as well.  They know it is time to go, even as their time here seemed to fly by, and yet they are sad to go.  Mostly, I think, they are grateful.  This doesn’t just happen.  This experience, this feeling of deep gratitude for graces received is built over years and by a million little interactions with hundreds of caring people.  This is what St. Ambrose University is about when we are at our best.  On behalf of all those who will leave St. Ambrose this spring, let me say first to God and to all our faculty, staff, and students: thank you, thank you, thank you!
-- Fr. Thom

Congratulations to the class of 2021!
A well earned congratulations to all who will be graduating from
St. Ambrose on Saturday, May 15th!  May God continue to grant blessings on all your endeavors and in the best of our SAU tradition,
may you be a blessing for the world!
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*The Mass schedule during finals week will be the normal schedule as shown above.
Congratulations to our 2021 Faith Learning Justice Award winners,
Kelli Kluever and Jacob Braun!

This week, Fr. Thom and Meg welcome fellow history lover Rachel Wiedman to the podcast!
They discuss Rachel's senior history thesis and compare past political climates to todays'. We also get an update about what everyone's watching and reading.


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Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Thom Hennen, Chaplain
Lauren Bollweg, Coordinator of Music, Justice, & Media
Claire McCarthy, Graduate Assistant



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Thursday, April 29, 2021

5.2.21

 

Campus Ministry Bulletin - May 2nd, 2021
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Thom Hennen, Chaplain
Lauren Bollweg, Coordinator of Music, Justice, & Media
Claire McCarthy, Graduate Assistant


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Campus Ministry Reflections

I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.

During the Bee Connected New Student Retreat held each September, we reflect on this Scripture reading and the importance of staying connected to Jesus, the Vine, during college.  Jesus nourishes us through prayer, His Word and the sacraments.  Our campus ministry efforts focus on providing these opportunities for our students to be nourished by the Vine.  Even in the midst of the pandemic we were able to provide several meaningful retreat experiences, Adoration, the Rosary, both a men’s and women’s faith sharing group, service opportunities, Reconciliation, and most importantly, in person Masses at Christ the King Chapel.  Nourished from the Vine, we hope to bear fruit that makes a difference at St. Ambrose and beyond.  What a blessing it is to see signs of this fruit in our students and alumni who strive to live out our Catholic values in their families, in the workplace, and in the community.  As commencement nears, and we send graduates out to bear fruit in the world, we pray that they stay connected not only to Christ, the Vine, but also to their St. Ambrose classmates, teammates, faculty and staff.  -
- Tammy

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This week, Coordinator of Music, Justice & Media Lauren Bollweg and Peer Campus Minister Jess Mendenhall take over the podcast! Lauren and Jess learn who Fr. Thom and Meg were in high school. This is a revealing episode you don't want to miss!

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Fr. Thom Hennen, Chaplain
Lauren Bollweg, Coordinator of Music, Justice, & Media
Claire McCarthy, Graduate Assistant



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Thursday, April 22, 2021

4.25.21

 

Campus Ministry Bulletin - April 25th, 2021
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Thom Hennen, Chaplain
Lauren Bollweg, Coordinator of Music, Justice, & Media
Claire McCarthy, Graduate Assistant


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Campus Ministry Reflections

Just a few days ago, we heard the verdict of the Derek Chauvin case for the murder of George Floyd. As I watched the livestream, emotions were high and frankly, I am still processing this information and figuring out how I feel as I write this reflection. With the constant connection through media it can be overwhelming. While there is definitely hope, this is not the end, and in many ways only the beginning of long awaited change. 

So what do we do next? Minnesota’s attorney general Keith Ellison said, “Today's verdict is not justice. But accountability is a first step to justice”. Justice implies true restoration. There are still many issues to be fixed. True restoration cannot be achieved overnight but it is something that must be done. To work towards change, we must reflect on our own actions and biases. To learn, we must have uncomfortable conversations and accountability in the necessary safe spaces.  I pray that the St. Ambrose community has the courage to continue its long standing tradition of being a voice for social justice. I pray that God guides us all in our own journeys and helps us see how we are called to be the change. May He provide healing to those who have been oppressed and are hurting. May all who have power and privilege continue to take steps towards reform and uphold the dignity of ALL of God’s people.  Let’s not lose this sense of hope, but together continue to take the necessary steps to move forward.

 – Claire

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This week, Fr. Thom and Meg discuss the Derek Chauvin verdict. Plus, they introduce us to Campus Ministry Grad Assistant Claire McCarthy!

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Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Thom Hennen, Chaplain
Lauren Bollweg, Coordinator of Music, Justice, & Media
Claire McCarthy, Graduate Assistant



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