Ella Presher ’14
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.
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