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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Lifestyle

 

Hidden Gem

Ella Presher ’14
Managing Editor

Getting involved in campus ministry is the best decision I have made at SI,” confessed student body president Sarah Armstrong ’14. She joined Music Ministry, the liturgy choir, as a freshman and has been singing with them ever since. “It is the place where I felt most welcome freshman year, and where I have formed some of my strongest friendships since,” she continued. “I am so grateful to campus ministry!”

Walking into campus ministry, I pass an inviting bowl of jolly ranchers and head to the back to grab a granola bar, listening as Music Ministry rehearses for the upcoming Friday Morning Liturgy. My favorite part about campus ministry is that there is always music, and there is always food.

But campus ministry is more than that. Fiona Shorrock ’14 explained, “There really is something special about campus ministry. You walk in and feel like you’re at home. There’s an infectious spirit that draws everyone it.” The many demands of academics, sports, arts, and clubs sometimes overwhelm any thought of SI’s spiritual activities – but these activities, like Music Ministry, are SI’s hidden gems.

With the stress of AP classes and college applications, I need a place to relax and reflect, and I easily find peace in campus ministry, with its beautiful courtyard and warm atmosphere. At Friday Morning Liturgy, the highlight of my week, a joyful spirit of solidarity spreads to everyone in Orradre Chapel as our community shares in song and prayer. It makes me feel unbelievably blessed.

However, Friday Morning Liturgy is not the only opportunity for a meditative mass during the week. Every morning at 7:45, there is a short mass in Jensen Chapel, which is in the back of the Student Center. “The daily masses are an awesome way to start out your day on the right foot,” Nina Pappas ’14 promised. “They are not only relaxing but also give me a specific thing to focus on for that day.” The reflective experience refreshes anyone feeling stressed, down, or conflicted and reaffirms anyone who simply wants to celebrate a happy and fulfilling time.

Whatever your spiritual background, I encourage you to look into campus ministry. You never know – it could be the best decision you make at SI.

Posted by on Sunday December, 1, 2013

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