University Ministry

Welcome to University Ministry!

University Ministry serves and nurtures the personal, spiritual, and social justice concerns of the students, faculty, and staff of the Saint Leo Community. We find our roots and resources coming from a living Catholic tradition rooted in the Benedictine heritage.

We extend our Ministry to all Christians as well as to our brothers and sisters of the Jewish, Muslim, and other faiths and welcome their own involvement in all our programs. As a pilgrim community of faith centered in Jesus Christ, we try to understand and live out those Benedictine values of hospitality, reverence, respectful listening, reconciliation, and stewardship.

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Christmas Message 2015

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Greetings of Christmas joy to you all. As I walk around campus it is quiet. Students have returned home for the long winter break. Professors and staff are soon to be joining family for the Christmas celebration. I am reminded of the words or our President Dr. Lennox when he reminded us that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”

When the world was waiting in anticipation for something great to happen, longing for the God’s power to break forth in their lives, as men of wisdom sought guidance from a new star a message was being proclaimed. Two young travelers were returning to their native place and God was about to enter into our world in a simple and quiet manner. The king of kings received hospitality and shelter in the place where animals dwell, and from this moment good news went forth to transform our world.

Each year the Gospel message is proclaimed to us, I ask that we listen to it anew. Let us take the words of the Christmas proclamation that came to us from the Angels and allow it to enter our hearts and minds so that we are able to be transformed this Christmas. This message of good news transforms us and restores us. Glad tidings to encourage that we will make it through, that our joy comes in the mornings and that the darkness will soon turn to light, it is hear that we are touched and our moved to a celebration of joy. There is nothing greater happening in our world or in our lives that we cannot face with the love and the power of God to guide us.

This Christmas is particularly special as we began on the feast of the Immaculate Conception a Jubilee Year of Mercy. It is because of God’s great Mercy and Love that he became one with us, putting on our nature so that we might have access to God’s mercy through him who is mercy itself. Pope Francis reminds us: “Jesus urges each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we have a person before us. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart in order to see how much generosity everyone is capable of. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house where everyone is welcomed and no one is rejected.” During the Jubilee Year of Mercy let us welcome the dejected and downtrodden, the rejected and despised, the immigrant, stranger, homeless, the hungry and the refugee. Let’s see in each person we encounter an opportunity to share God’s mercy. We see someone and make judgements immediately thinking we might know what is going on in their lives. What Christ calls us to and Pope Francis challenges us to, is simply to love, and in loving share the Mercy of God.

On behalf of the entire University Ministry Department, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Reverend Stephan Brown, SVD, M.Div.
Assistant to the President for University Ministry

Weekly Ministry Activities

10:00 AM Mass in Abbey Church
7:00 PM University Student Mass in Abbey Church

12:00 PM Daily Mass in St. Jude Chapel
9 :00 PM Night Prayer

12:00 PM Daily Mass in St. Jude Chapel
9:00 PM Night Prayer

8:00 PM Women's Bible Study in Saint Jude Chapel
9:00 PM Night Prayer

12:00 PM Daily Mass in St. Jude Chapel
8:00 PM Praise and Worship Night in Saint Jude Chapel
9:00 PM Quest Bible Study in Shelby Auditorium
9:00 PM Night Prayer in St. Jude Chapel

3:30 PM Divine Mercy Chaplet in St. Jude Chapel
9:00 PM Night Prayer in St. Jude Chapel

Student Prayer

University MinistryOur staff and Peer Ministers are committed to nurturing the spiritual, human, liturgical, and social justice dimensions of the students, faculty, and staff. We are located in DeChantal Hall. Stop in often to visit us!

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For the Sunday Readings please go to the Readings section of the United States Catholic Bishops.

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