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Sept 2020

Dear Friends,

I write to you with longing on my heart. I have missed you all - and the energy of our campus - but I pray that you and your beloveds are safe and healthy.

As we begin this new academic year, a year unlike any other, we must refine our sense of calling. What does it mean to * be church* in this moment—creatively and courageously? How do we answer the call to work for racial justice as Christians and as Catholics? And how do we support one another to build strong meaningful relationships when we must also endure periods of 'isolation' and 'quarantine' to care for our bodies and the Body of Christ? These are just some of the questions I bring this year but I am eager to hear from all of you.

This year we will be celebrating 5 PM online liturgy each week – with Fr. Pat Nolan, SJ as our celebrant two Sundays a month. On the other Sundays, we will together 'visit' the home parishes of our community members. If you are interested in sharing this part of your faith life please let me know and I will put your congregation's liturgy on the calendar. Follow the link to find more information about weekly gatherings.

I will be on campus and available to meet up on Sunday afternoons and evenings. One-to-one walks and safely distanced outside conversations (with masks, of course) are very much welcomed. Let me know if you would like to meet up. The rest of the week, I am reachable via email for a Zoom call or an old-fashioned telephone call.

If I can support in any way in the coming weeks, please know I am here, as is the rest of the University Chaplaincy team. We are still working on ways to make the Interfaith Center and Goddard Chapel safe prayerful spaces during this time but I will keep you posted on these updates.

Looking forward to seeing you all.