Message from the MMC Director

Updated September 25, 2020

Greetings SMC Community!

Welcome back! Although this year has a different look and feel, we are excited to begin the year--whether you are here on campus or working remotely, it is our close connections that create our Gael community, and we look forward to creating this year together.

Our plans for our liturgical celebrations, use of space, procedures and other programming schedules have changed multiple times as guidelines are updated each week. These are the current plans:

Saint Mary's Chapel and Interfaith Sacred Space

(for on campus residents and others with approval to be on campus)

We are pleased to be able to have these key sacred spaces open for individual use. We invite each of you to stop in for quiet time, meditation, and prayer.  At a time with so much noise, we welcome these spaces. NOTE they will be open for individual prayer (no gatherings please) 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm.  Please follow all guidelines and read the signs posted outside and inside as they have critical information regarding social distancing, mask wearing, etc. 

**Please note that the Brothers side Chapel and the Meditation Room are roped off and unavailable to the public. Our Christian Brothers still use the side chapel for their private mass each day.  With deep regret, they have decided to keep their own liturgies private at this time.  Please know that they do look forward to when they can welcome us back to celebrate mass with them in the future. We want to keep them and all of us safe and healthy, too. 

Student Community Sunday Liturgies, 8pm began August 30th, 2020

We have a team of dedicated Lasallian Peer Ministers, under the guidance of Brother David Caretti (Assistant Director of Liturgy and Faith Formation) who prepare each week for our live stream liturgy every Sunday during each term.  This team worked extensively with IT services to set up the infrastructure to live stream liturgies from the Saint Mary's Chapel, we decided on this delivery so as to include our students who are unable to access campus at this time.  We will notify the SMC community through social media when we are able to offer outdoor, in person liturgies.

Change in Saint Mary's Chaplain

It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Fr. Hai Ho, OFMCap, our Campus Chaplain, has been re-assigned by his religious community.  Fr. Hai has been a significant pastoral presence across our campus community, and many of us will greatly miss him.  Fr. Hai (a 2003 graduate of SMC) has had a deep impact on the faith and personal lives of hundreds of students, Catholic and non-Catholic.

As they say, one door closes and another opens.  I am pleased to welcome (as of August 23rd) Fr. Michael Olawuni as our Interim Chaplain. Fr. Michael, who recently completed his work in our MFT program as a Lasallian Fellow, comes to us from Nigeria, and has a long history of working with teenagers and young adults.  He will be presiding at our liturgies, working with our RCIA candidates, and available for pastoral care (drop-in office hours and by appointment).  Please join me in welcoming Fr. Michael to our team! 

Gael Pantry

The GaelPantry remains available both on-campus and for off-site pick-up at our Rheem Campus.  Please follow us on social media (Instagram @smcmmc ) for the latest updates of procedures, online food ordering and hours.    You can also find updates here on our website.  All students have 10 points to spend at the GaelPantry each week, and we anticipate having a GaelPantry App in place in the near future.

Students with a need greater than 10 points a week, can contact MMC Director Karin McClelland ( or Dr. Evette Castillo Clark ( for additional resources.

Fall Programming

The Mission and Ministry Center team is working diligently with our Lasallian Peer Ministers (LPM's) to offer programs and celebrations virtually, and in-person when guidelines permit, for our community to come together to explore our faith, relationship with God, and other stirrings of the heart and soul. Together we can make sense of what is happening, support each other, and find hope and direction through our gathering.  Our LPM's are placing a strong emphasis on creating spaces for deep and authentic "human connection" this year, in whatever ways are available!

Many blessings as we all embrace this "alternative normal".  Our thoughts and prayers are with all in our SMC community in a special way at this time.

Karin McClelland, on behalf of the entire Mission and Ministry Team


Karin L. McClelland, MA (SMC '90)

Director, Mission and Ministry Center

Saint Mary's College of CA


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