Spiritual development at Lauralton Hall is an integral component that helps to empower students to pursue their highest potential through lifelong learning, compassionate service, and responsible leadership in a global society.
Like Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Campus Ministry programs are anchored in the corporal works of Mercy. Works of Mercy that students embrace are: feeding the hungry with food and grocery gift card collections at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, visiting the sick and infirm, clothing the naked and giving shelter to the homeless through collections from dress down day donations
Campus Ministry is primarily responsible for liturgy and prayer services, Works of Mercy, retreats, being stewards of the earth, and spiritual direction
Liturgies and prayer services include: Mass of the Holy Spirit, Mercy Day Mass, All Saint’s Day Mass, Thanksgiving Mass, Advent Mass, Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass, Interfaith Prayer Services, Immigration and Refugee Prayer Services, Healing and Memorial Prayer Services, Catherine McAuley/ Catholic schools week Mass, Ash Wednesday Mass/Prayer Service, Lenten Reconciliation, Ascension Thursday Mass and Baccalaureate Mass.
The freshman theme is about Building Community and getting to know each better. It is centered around Welcoming. It will explore fellowship and where the students are being led this first year.
Sophomores will explore their openness to each other and in serving others. We will discuss how they receive support and strength from their faith. It will center around Love and Friendship and what relationships mean and how they impact their lives.
Juniors will explore care of the earth in relation to their faith and Laudato Si. It is a one-day retreat at Incarnation Center where students learn community building in the outdoors that leads to a trusting and loving respect for each other and all of God’s creation.
Seniors: A one-day experience exploring where their faith has taken them and a Farewell to Lauralton as they prepare for their college journey at Mercy-By-The-Sea in Madison, CT. In addition, the seniors will participate in a newly added elective four-day Kairos retreat. Kairos, meaning in “God’s Time”, is a retreat to help students discern and discover how God works in their lives, and is centered in Ignatian spirituality at Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT.
Service Immersion and Pilgrimage Experiences
February 2017: St. Mary Mission Navajo Nation, Tohatchi, New Mexico
June 2017: Notre Dame Vision, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
July 2017: Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage to Dublin, Ireland
TBD: Passamaquoddy Reservation, Pleasant Point, Maine
TBD: Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Service trip to Guatamala
Director of Campus Ministry/Chaplain