Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The Society of St. Edmund is happy to celebrate with the members of the Class of 2020 the 5th Sunday of Easter for our Baccalaureate Mass. We pray in a special way for our graduates that almighty God will keep them safe and bless them as they pursue their future endeavors. We thank them for enriching our campus community with their gifts and talents these past four years.
We continue to pray for all members of our College community - our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic. With each passing week, there is hope that our way of life will gradually return to some resemblance of normalcy. Stay safe as we continue this journey together and be assured of our Edmundite prayers for you.
Please join us for Baccalaureate Mass by clicking on this link as we pray for our graduates and look forward to the celebration of the commencement exercises tomorrow. Participating in the Liturgy of the Word are graduates Elizabeth Lopez ’20, Liam Cahill ’20 and Allison Croce ’20. Our music ministry is led by Jerome Monachino ’91 and accompanied by his children Dominic and Olivia ’22. Thanks to Fr. Lino Oropeza, S.S.E. ’11 for his recording skills and Anna Lester ’98 for coordinating our readers.
On behalf of all of us in the Edmundite community and the Edmundite Campus Ministry Staff, we wish all mothers in our St. Mike’s family a Happy Mother’s Day!
Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E '86
Fr. Ray Doherty, S.S.E. ’51, holds a sign by an American flag outside Nicolle Hall, the Edmundite residence, after a parade party Monday evening for his 90th birthday. He stepped out to greet well-wishers from a distance after watching the parade from his window. (caption and photo by Mark Tarnacki)
Check out the inspirational birthday parade recorded by Jack Thurston:
Read this heartwarming reflection of the special occasion by Mark Tarnacki:
Due to the executive order issued by the Governor of Vermont to stay home and stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis, the staff of Edmundite Campus Ministry at Saint Michael’s College recorded the Liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. We invite you to celebrate with us the glorious Resurrection of the Lord during the season of Easter.
Presider: Fr. Michael Carter, S. S. E. '12
First reading: Timothy Naggy '15
Second reading: Emily Murray '21
Prayer of the Faithful: Ben Newbury '23
Music: Olivia Monachino '22, Jerome Monachino '91 and Dominic Monachino
Technical Director: Fr. Lino Oropeza, S. S. E. '11
Today is the 211th anniversary of the birth of the Venerable Jean Baptiste Muard who founded the Society of Saint Edmund in 1843 at the Abbey Pontigny. Each day we pray through the intercession of Father Muard for our recovery community and for the renewal of the Society of St Edmund. To commemorate the anniversary of the birth of our founder, we pray through his intercession we will all be renewed and strengthened during these days of uncertainty and trial.
Venerable Jean Baptiste Muard, pray for us!
God Bless and Happy “Founders Day!"
Fr. Thomas F.X. Hoar, SSE, Ph.D.
President, St. Edmund’s Retreat
Father Charlie Ranges, S.S.E., and his team share a reflection on the gospel reading for Sunday April 26, 2020. Follow along with them on their social media pages, www.facebook.com/essexcatholic and www.instagram.com/essex_catholic and visit them online at www.essexcatholic.vermontcatholic.org and remember to use the hashtag #PrayTogether when you share the Good News!
Father Tom Hoar, S.S.E., president of St. Edmund's Retreat, takes a moment to recount what's been happening during the quarantine on Enders Island. He summarizes the various initiatives underway and reveals some decisions yet to be made. Father Tom makes a sincere request for feedback from members of the local and online community about upcoming event fundraisers, future programs and new initiatives that could provide hope and healing for many during and after the current crisis. He concludes with a reminder of his spiritual support, and a call to have confidence in God.
To the Saint Michael's College Community,
On Monday our students enter their last week of classes then begin final exams for the semester. Certainly this was not in the playbook to end the school year in such circumstances. Let’s continue to remember them in our prayers as they finish up the term that they will be successful in their academic pursuits.
As the news becomes more optimistic about releasing restrictions gradually, we are filled with hope that returning to normalcy is not too far off. We continue to pray this Easter season for our world, local communities and all our St. Michael’s family and pilgrims of Saint Anne's Shrine.
This weekend we are happy to celebrate virtually with you the Third Sunday of Easter. We welcome Marianne Strayton '98, along with our students, Lexie Lembo ’21 and James Downs ’22 who take part in the Liturgy of the Word. Our music ministry is led by Jerome Monachino ’91 and accompanied by his children Dominic and Olivia ’22. Thanks to Fr. Lino Oropeza, S.S.E. ’11 for his recording skills. You may find the celebration of the Mass at this link.
Thank you to the many community members who have emailed us, written cards or notes, and made offerings to our Sunday collection. Your support is truly appreciated!
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Normally during the Easter Season we would be celebrating as a worldwide community the entrance of many people into the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation in accord with the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Also missing among us these days of COVID-19 restrictions are the joyful celebrations of infant Baptism, the first Holy Communion for our children and the Confirmation of our young people.
We have to patiently remember that these candidates are already members of our Church and that they have been prepared to receive these beautiful Sacraments but the timing of the celebrations have only been delayed in some regions. We also need to recall how the Church community developed in the first century as described in the Acts of the Apostles and how “every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” The time will come when we actualize this verse of scripture in the ritual celebration of the Sacraments for our entire community of faith. Have hope, the day is drawing near!
This weekend we are happy to celebrate virtually with you the Second Sunday of Easter. We welcome Patrick Fitzgibbons of the class of ’89 and a member of our Alumni Board of Directors, along with our students, Nadia Racz ’22 and Liam Cahill ’20, who take part in the Liturgy of the Word. Our music ministry is led by Jerome Monachino’91 and accompanied by his children Dominic and Olivia ’22. Thanks to Fr. Lino Oropeza, S.S.E.’11 for his recording skills.
Jesus is risen! Alleluia, Alleluia!
God bless you and happy Easter!
Fr. Brian Cummings, S.S.E.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
In Matthew’s account of the Resurrection the disciples are told twice: “Do not be afraid.” These comforting words of the resurrected Jesus need to be heard in an urgent way during this critical period of our world. There is hope in the empty tomb not because Jesus’ body was not found but because the disciples experienced the risen Lord in various personal encounters. In the coming weekday and Sunday liturgies of the Easter season we will hear again the risen Lord comforting his frightened and bewildered disciples empowering them to be fearless proclaimers of God’s Word despite great distress. May we experience this same conversion of heart and mind during these 50 days of Easter.
Please join us for our virtual Easter Sunday celebration on the Society of Saint Edmund YouTube Channel which can be found at https://youtu.be/TyqBj5oksbs. We thank the over 3,400 viewers who joined us for Palm Sunday and hope many of you have the opportunity to pray with us again.
God bless you and do not be afraid!
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In celebration of Holy Week, Edmundite Campus Ministry is happy to share with you a prayerful experience of our Lord’s Passion for Good Friday. This presentation of the Stations of the Cross was inspired by the Scriptural Way of the Cross that was celebrated in Rome by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday in 1991. Campus Minister Anna Lester ’98 worked with our students in producing this YouTube video. You may find the presentation on the Society of Saint Edmund YouTube Channel.
Members of the Edmundite Community celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper privately in the College Chapel. Please be assured that we prayerfully remembered all our students, alumni, parents, friends and employees as we recalled the institution of the Eucharist and its relationship to serving others as modeled by Jesus in the washing of the feet. These are truly the holiest days of the year for our Christian faith, and I hope you have the opportunity to have some quiet time to pray with these sacred mysteries.
We will post the link for our Easter liturgy on Saturday evening. Thank you for praying with us.
The heart of the Society of Saint Edmund’s mission is serving where the need is greatest, a credo that has led us to four core ministries: Social Justice, Education, Spiritual Renewal and Pastoral Ministry. It is through these core ministries that we live out a faith-based life of service and make a real difference in people’s lives by bringing them closer to God.