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TODAY: Confessions Made Easy!

Stop by St. Dominic’s Chapel anytime today from 3:00 pm to midnight to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Regardless of how long it’s been since your last confession, this is a wonderful opportunity to take a break out of your busy day during this Advent Season and receive God’s gifts of mercy and forgiveness.

confessions made easy

CampMin’s First Dinner Date Dance

Guest Blogger: Brendan Kelly

On Saturday, November 22nd, the Knights of Columbus hosted Campus Ministry’s first ever Dinner Date Dance in the Campus Ministry Center.  Over 80 people attended the event and, through ticket sales, over $700 was raised to help Christians in the Middle East.

The Campus Ministry Center was completely transformed from its typical set up, with flowers, black and white decorations, and candlelight along with a dance floor.

The evening started with an hour during which those in attendance, dressed in semi-formal attire, enjoyed conversation and delicious hors d’oeuvres.  This was followed by a sit-down dinner with a three course menu prepared by Assistant Chaplain Father Justin Brophy featuring pasta in vodka sauce, chicken stuffed with couscous and asparagus, and an array of freshly baked desserts.  After dinner, students headed to the dance floor, which was full for the rest of the evening.

This event was a complete success and was better than I could have imagined.  A huge thanks to Father Justin, Community Life, and everyone who helped put this event together.  Everyone had an amazing time and it was a great alternative to spending a Saturday night in the library or off campus and provided a fun environment where everyone could get dressed up and have fun.


Ministry of the Week: Special Olympics


Coordinator:  Alex Rawson ’15

Major: Health Policy and Management/Business Studies

Email: arawson@friars.providence.edu

What is Special Olympics?

Special Olympics organizes several events throughout the year – including a soccer tournament, two basketball tournaments in Peterson Recreation Center, and an on-campus swim meet.  Each year hundreds of PC student volunteers help coordinate these athletic events with Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

Why did you decide to get involved?

Because I find this to be the most rewarding and fulfilling experience not only for myself, but for the athletes and volunteers, too!

What are you looking forward to most about being involved with Special Olympics this year?

Seeing how many volunteers we will have and deciding on the spring sport!

Upcoming;  The Unified Basketball Tournament Saturday December 6th 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Meetings:  Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Chapel Basement.  All are welcome!

Upcoming: Dinner Date Dance

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Campus Ministry is sponsoring a Dinner Date Dance November 22nd at 7 pm in the Campus Ministry Center!  There will be a cocktail hour followed by a sit-down dinner and dancing.  Attire is semi-formal.

Tickets are $10 for individuals and $15 for couples.  Tickets are on sale this week in the Campus Ministry Center.  All proceeds go to help Christians in the Middle East.

A Reflection on Reflecting

Guest Blogger: Aylin Corapcioglu

Although midterms are coming to an end, the semester is still incredibly hectic for many of us PC students. Finding time to just sit back, and reflect on our lives is a rarity, however it so very important. Last Thursday, we had a fantastic night to reflect about the importance of service in our lives. It is easy to get caught up in the logistics of serving others, as well as in the stress and the chaos that often comes with service.

However, it is especially in those chaotic moments of service that we have to remember WHY we serve. This question was the main subject of our reflection night. The night allowed students to enjoy some fall snacks and take the time to share their reasons for their service. Students were able to talk with each other about their individual experiences, ask themselves why they enjoy being involved in service opportunities, and actually create a short personal quote so they could articulate why service is important to them-look for the poster in Campus Ministry! It was great to be reminded that in serving others, we are serving God. God has given each of us different gifts, and it is very special when we can realize these gifts and share them with those around us.

As we discussed on Thursday, for many of us, service is where we feel our faith the most. Serving others is a chance where we can actually see God’s grace in action. We often call moments of service “service opportunities” or “service projects,” and that is exactly what they are. Service grants us the opportunity to be stewards of God’s love, to not only show those we are serving God’s love, but to actually be serving God directly! Service has ups and downs, so it certainly is a constant project. But, service is always an opportunity to grow in our relationship with God, and to spread the love and grace of God that He relentlessly shows us.

White Ribbon Against Pornography Week

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This week, October 27-October 31, is White Ribbon Against Pornography Week.  Throughout the week, Providence College’s Anscombe Society will sponsor events to raise awareness about the harms done by exposure to pornography.  Here’s a look at the week’s events:


Pick up your white ribbons for White Ribbon Against Pornography Week in the Slavin Atrium from Noon-5 pm


Lecture by Dr. Layden on the Harms of Sexual Exploitation in the Slavin Mural Lounge from 7-8 pm


Student Discussion and viewing of The Heart of the Matter in the Slavin Fishbowl from 8-9 pm


Holy Hour Against Sex Trafficking (cosponsored by Campus Ministry) in St. Dominic Chapel from 8-9 pm

Ministry of the Week: Elderly Outreach


Coordinator: Ryan Bonomi (aka Cupcake, Kittens, Squid, Bone Saw, or Nugget) ’16

Major: Finance with an Economics Minor

Email: rbonomi@friars.providence.edu

What is Elderly Outreach?

Elderly outreach is a local service club that enables students to provide friendship and entertainment to residents of local nursing homes.  As a member of the club, students will get the opportunity to talk to, make crafts with, and watch performances with the residents of Capitol Ridge Assisted Living Home.  It is a fun and relaxed atmosphere, allowing students to easily connect with residents.

Why did you decide to get involved?

I have been visiting nursing homes my whole life.  From the time I was in first grade all the way to high school, I used to join my dad with his high school Christmas club, the Singing Santas, as they performed at nursing homes.  We sang a bunch of Christmas songs while we were there and it always brought so much joy to the residents.  So when I came to college, Elderly Outreach gave me an opportunity to do this kind of service again and it has been a very rewarding experience for me!

What are you looking forward to most about being involved with Elderly Outreach this year?

The thing I’m looking forward to most would have to be getting to meet so many new people.  I’m really looking forward to getting to know the residents at Capitol Ridge better.  They all have such interesting stories, so it’s a great experience to get to talk with them.  Also I’m excited to get to know the other volunteers better.  We have a great group of volunteers.  They make Elderly Outreach a wonderful time!


We have our Spooktacular Halloween Party on Friday, October 31st


Every Friday in Campus Ministry at 2:45 pm

Ministry of the Week: Liturgical Choir


Coordinator:  Susannah O’Brien ’17

Major:  Math and Music

Email: sobrie17@friars.providence.edu

What is Liturgical Choir?

Liturgical Choir sings at the 7 pm mass at St. Dominic’s.  Everyone is welcome, and no audition is required to join.  Directed by Sherry Humes Dane, we sing traditional hymns in three and four-part harmony with instrumentalists (e.g. oboe, flute, violin).

Why did you decide to get involved? 

I attended the 7 pm mass from week one of college and really liked the music.  Blown away by their sound, I approached Sherry after mass, asking what I needed to do to be a part of the group.  The choir sings a lot of traditional hymns, some with a modern spin to them.  At the time, this reminded me of the choir I sang in at home.  My familiarity with the music and the welcoming attitude of everyone in the choir helped me adjust to being away from home.

What are you looking forward to most about being involved with Liturgical Choir this year?

We’ve incorporated more opportunities for prayer and scripture reading into our rehearsal time, refocusing the group on why we do what we do.  I’ve been so impressed with everyone’s receptiveness and enthusiasm, and I’m excited to continue this new tradition.  Also we are looking forward to getting the group outside the walls of Campus Ministry with open mic nights and other events!


Come hear us at the 7 pm mass every Sunday!


We meet for rehearsal 7-8:30 pm on Wednesdays in Campus Ministry Room A.



Stop by McPhail’s tomorrow night (10/22) at 7 pm for a chance to bid on a meal with your favorite PC faculty/staff!  Bids start at $10/person and there will be FREE CHIPOTLE!

nola meal auction

Respect Life Week

Guest Blogger: Joe Day 
Every semester PC for Life hosts a week of events called Respect Life Week.  The purpose of Respect Life Week is to dedicate time for the celebration of all human life.
This year, RLW began with a trip to the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket, RI.  The Little Sisters care for the elderly, providing them with compassionate, Christ-filled care.  Members of PC for Life and Elderly Outreach joined the Sisters, staff and residence for Mass and lunch, followed by a tour.  I was struck by how happy all the residents were.  You could tell that they cared with dignity and love.  After our tour, we helped the residents outside and joined the Diocese of Providence for an hour of pray for life.  The response from those who drove by was overwhelmingly positive.
Monday, PC for Life released the March for Life applications at tables in Ray.  Applications can now be picked up in the Campus Ministry Center.
Students handing out cupcakes outside the library

Students handing out cupcakes outside the library

Tuesday was Cupcakes for Life.  PC for Life handed out over 250 cupcakes outside of the library with Pro-Life quotes.  Cupcakes for Life is a lighthearted, joyful way to celebrate the beauty and dignity of life.


Starting after the 9PM Mass on Tuesday and continuing until the 9PM Mass on Wednesday, PC for Life sponsored 24 hours of Adoration for Life.  With students signed up for hour slots, each dedicated to a specific life issue, Adoration for life is a beautiful way PC as a community devotes herself to prayer for life.  Several of my friends and I chose the 4-5AM.  Early morning hours are my favorite for Adoration because I can be alone with Jesus there in the Blessed Sacrament illuminated by the candles, shining in the silent darkness of the night.
Respect Life Week concluded on Thursday with a talk

Dr. Gondreau speaks about his son, Dominic

Dr. Gondreau speaks about his son, Dominic

by Dr. Gondreau of the Theology Department, sponsored by PC for Life and Special Olympics, on the Gift of Special Needs Children.  Dr. Gondreau gave a beautiful talk about his experiences as the father of a special needs child and his son, Dominic’s, embrace with Pope Francis.  ​

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