September 5, 2013
As I walk around campus today and reflect on all of the Pro-Life sidewalk chalk messages, I am again reminded of how blessed each and every one of us are to be where we are today. It is an unfortunate reality that many folks, because of illness, financial struggle, oppression, famine, conflict, natural disaster, personal disaster or never being given an opportunity at life in the first place, will never be afforded the opportunities that we take for granted each and every day.
On September 5, we remembered Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This little woman, answered the call of Christ and left everything to live with and tend to outcasts. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta challenges all of us, through the example of her life, to take that leap of faith and to serve those in need.
During new student orientation, our freshmen, along with Orientation leaders and peer educators, stepped out into the community and helped serve those in need. Students attended projects ranging from the Salvation Army and Rose Manor nursing home, to the Boys and Girls Club of America and local tornado relief. St. Gregory’s students answered the call and stepped out to help meet the community’s need.
In my two sections of FYE alone, I realized how much impact this service had on our students. One of your peers who went to Rose Manor Nursing home explained that while she went there to minister to the residents, she left with a feeling of having been ministered to.
It is important that we remember these important moments and do not become complacent in our own little world. I would encourage all of you to return to your service locations or to reach out to a new location. All of our clubs and organizations here at St. Greg’s have non-for-profits and charities that they volunteer at or raise revenue for. Check them out, they are a great way to get involved and have fun doing so!
We are charged with creating “Thy kingdom . . . on earth, as it is in heaven.” Principle within that kingdom is love. As Blessed Mother Teresa said, “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty, than the person who has nothing to eat.”
Let us reach out and be a beacon of light to those in need and never take for granted how blessed we truly are. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!
August 20, 2013
Welcome Cavaliers to the Office of Student Life. It is good that you are here!
In line with the Benedictine tradition, we take very seriously the education of the whole person. When you are not toiling over the affairs of laboratories, libraries and classrooms, you enter the educational world of Student Life. Living on campus, you will be able to fully immerse yourself in what it means to be a student at St. Gregory’s and build friendships from your residential community that will last a lifetime.
During your college years, more than any other time in life, you will see growth and development of your identity far beyond your academic ventures. The faculty and staff will be here to guide you as you further shape your values, develop emotional intelligence, discover your gifts, cultivate healthy relationships and identify and achieve your goals.
To get the most out of your experience, get involved right away! Attend programs, explore Greek life, participate in student activities, play intramural sports, grow in faith with campus ministry events and expand your artistic horizons through theatre and dance. There are countless ways to pursue your passions!
Arise and fear not! Take courage and know that you are meant to be here. Don’t let fear hold you back in any way. Fear only delays the wise from obtaining their wisdom. Lead radical lives driven by the acquisition of knowledge, courage from faith in God and cast your nets wide to catch spoils that tomorrow summons.
I am excited to think about all that we may accomplish as a community, and I am humbled to share some small part of your journey.
Dean of Students