Welcome to the Mission and Ministry Center at Saint Mary’s College!

The Mission and Ministry Center vision is...

Grounded in and inspired by our Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts Traditions…

Rooted in and striving to fully realize Five Lasallian Core Principles: Faith in the Presence of God, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Inclusive Community, Quality Education and Respect for All Persons…

Committed to providing spaces and places where all can explore their faith and questions of human existence, as well as deepen their understanding of & relationship with God; and forming students as leaders in a complex world in great need of visible and radical witnesses of love and solidarity.

 

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HandsAfter the national election, students, faculty and staff alike expressed the need for a space to come together as a sign of solidarity.

As a result, a Interfaith Prayer Walk and Hands Around SMC event were held on Friday November 18. Participants in the Interfaith Prayer Walk, led by faculty member Velina Brackebusch, headed to the "four corners" of the campus to offer prayers for a campus where ALL are respected, and the dignity and worth of ALL persons are protected, regardless of national or ethnic group, religious tradition, gender, race, socio-economic class, immigration status, or sexual orientation.

This led to Hands Around SMC, where dozens of students, faculty, and staff joined hands in a circle around the chapel lawn to stand up against racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and xenophobia, in an effort to show unity with one another at a time of deep division in our country. This was a peaceful joining together to honor our community, the Lasallian principles we stand for, and our resilience as a campus community and as a nation.

As a follow-up the Mission and Ministry Center started an ongoing project: "The Table of Hope: Finding the Common Threads of Humanity at SMC." This is anchored by a table outside of the Mission and Ministry Center with candles, explanation of the purpose, meditations for unity from a variety of voices and sticky pads to write hopes for our campus. The purpose of the project is to plant "seeds" for alternative ways to process our current divided reality. For some this will also offer some spiritual guidance that may be needed. Further, through a diversity of reflections, prayers and meditations, the hope is to promote the common threads of humanity regardless of race, culture, sexual orientation, gender, religion or political affiliation, and find ways to become One SMC.