This past semester the Office of Campus Ministry unveiled its
“Be a Saint” initiative which emphasizes the richness of the
Catholic faith while encouraging all students to grow spiritually,
no matter what their faith. Both resident and commuter students are
invited to participate.
Pamela Shea-Byrnes, Vice President for University Ministry,
observed that the “Be a Saint” initiative helps students see
extraordinary examples of courage, selflessness and generosity in
the lives of the heroes of the Catholic faith. “So often we
struggle to find credible role models for young people to emulate.
‘Be a Saint’ brings to life the stories of people who listened for
God’s word in their heart and acted on it.”
“Be a Saint” connects students with the University’s Vincentian
heritage in a concrete way with three components that highlight an
important aspect of the Catholic tradition: pray, learn and
Daily Mass is held in St. Thomas More Church at 8 a.m. and 12:15
p.m. and a Student Mass is held every Sunday at 5:30 p.m., which is
the largest weekly gathering of students on campus. The Rosary is
said every Monday night by candlelight in front of Our Lady of
Lourdes Statue and the Lourdes Cross in the Residence Village (or
in St. Thomas More Church if it rains or when it is too cold). They
will be in the Church for January, February and March and on
Lourdes Way in April. Prayer Rooms are available in Century,
Donovan and Hollis Halls for personal or group quiet prayer, and
these rooms are open to students of all faiths.
Each month students reflect on the life of a specific saint with
“Heroes of our Faith.” Through art, film and discussion students
explore what made these extraordinary people saints – how they
impacted their world and continue to influence ours. Past
discussions include the lives of St. Catherine and the Miraculous
Medal and St. Nicholas. Upcoming discussions include the lives of
St. Bernadette, St. Patrick, St. Joseph and St. Francis. Service
opportunities are also announced during each program.
Students are encouraged to participate in one of the weekly service
projects offered by the Office of Campus Ministry or to join “Team
RV” every Saturday in performing service throughout the community,
including working at shelters, St. John’s Bread and Life and other
service sites with which St. John’s is partnered. Students can
this page for announcements about weekly service
For more information about “Be a Saint” please visit www.stjohns.edu/beasaint.