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Campus Ministry at Aquinas College

St. Thomas Aquinas Week

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All events will follow campus COVID-19 health and safety protocols.


Thursday, January 28

Birthday Cupcakes

Academic Building, Albertus Hall, Grace Hauenstein Library, St. Joe's Hall, Regina Hall

Pick up a pre-packaged sweet treat in celebration of Saint Thomas Aquinas' birthday!

Patronal Mass

4:30 p.m., OLSW

Worship celebration of our patron Saint Thomas Aquinas on his feast day. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, this event is limited to 57 people in person (first come, first served). The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

Dominican Charism Initiative Introduction and Dominican Dialogue Event

Virtual (A YouTube link will be posted to Facebook @AQCampusMinistry.)

Learn how to register and deepen your Dominican knowledge. Engage with the module Searching for Truth - a formation activity on understanding how dialogue reveals truth, during this presentation. The Dominican Charism Initiative is a worldwide formation initiative of the Dominican family, which Aquinas College has free access to through our foundresses the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids.

Weeklong Photo Contest

Show us your AQ spirit and be entered to win an Amazon gift card! Visit the photo booth in The Moose. Submit photos by tagging @aquinas_sao on Instagram. (A winner will be chosen at random.)


Friday, January 29

Mass at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

12:15 p.m., OLSW

Holy Happy Hour - Theology on Tap/Alumni Event

4 p.m., Live Virtual Event (RSVP required)

Join us for a virtual get together with Dominican friars and Dominican campus ministers including Aquinas alumnus Mike Ingram '15. We'll be raising a glass and conversing about using a Dominican framework to make wise decisions in life and living with purpose, teaching the tools of the Salamanca process and Preaching with one's life. There will be time for Q&A and general merriment as we celebrate our patron St. Thomas Aquinas.

Winter Fest Kick-Off

Laser Tag

5:30-7:30 p.m., Holmende Lawn 

Bring a friend and enjoy the fun!

Weeklong Photo Contest

Show us your AQ spirit and be entered to win an Amazon gift card! Visit the photo booth in The Moose. Submit photos by tagging @aquinas_sao on Instagram. (A winner will be chosen at random.)


Saturday, January 30

Scavenger Hunt and Snacks

1-3 p.m., In front of Cook Carriage House

Start the Scavenger Hunt at the Cook Carriage House with some snacks. Clues will be Dominican-/Aquinas-related and a fun way to get people all over our beautiful campus looking for cool prizes at every stop!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail presented by the History Club

8 p.m., Virtual Event (Register by emailing Paige Poling at pmp004@aquinas.edu.)

Join the History Club in viewing this 1975 Bristish comedy film reflecting on the Arthurian legend.

Weeklong Photo Contest

Show us your AQ spirit and be entered to win an Amazon gift card! Visit the photo booth in The Moose. Submit photos by tagging @aquinas_sao on Instagram. (A winner will be chosen at random.)


Sunday, January 31

Broomball (with social distancing)

1 p.m., Holmdene Lawn

Campus Ministry alongside AQPB will be hosting a round-robin style broomball tournament. Interested in joining? Assemble a group of six and sign up here!

Music Faculty Recital

3 p.m., Livestream

The event will be livestreamed on the Aquinas College Art and Music Facebook page (@AQMusicDept).

Sunday Mass at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

6 p.m. and 8 p.m., OLSW

Weeklong Photo Contest

Show us your AQ spirit and be entered to win an Amazon gift card! Visit the photo booth in The Moose. Submit photos by tagging @aquinas_sao on Instagram. (A winner will be chosen at random.)


Monday, February 1

Mass at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

12:15 p.m., OLSW

Conversations - History, Heritage and Call: Racial Justice

Virtual Event (A YouTube link will be posted to Facebook @AQCampusMinistry.)

Join us for a sharing of stories on the legacy of St. Martin de Porres. Hear from student Elizabeth Calcaterra who lived with the Dominican Sisters in Peru living out the legacy of St. Martin's ministry.

Improv with the Saints

Live Virtual Event (Check Engage AQ for link information.)

Join us for some improv with prompts from the life of St. Thomas Aquinas. Just enough information that you may learn something new, with enough audience suggestion to thoroughly confuse the greatest of Thomistic scholars. Be holy and irreverent and have some fun with your Aquinas Improv troupe, Mission Improvable.

Weeklong Photo Contest

Show us your AQ spirit and be entered to win an Amazon gift card! Visit the photo booth in The Moose. Submit photos by tagging @aquinas_sao on Instagram. (A winner will be chosen at random.)


Tuesday, February 2

PB&J with AQPB (with social distancing)

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wege Mall

Stop by and pick up a PB&J. You can also pick up bingo cards for Grocery Store Bingo (which is scheduled for Feb. 9 at 9 p.m.)

Mass Presentation of the Lord at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

4:30 p.m., OLSW

Service Through Arts (with social distancing)

1-3 p.m., The Moose

Join CAVA for a chance to spread joy to patients at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. We will be making cards and letters for the patients who are feeling isolated due to COVID-19 visitor restrictions.

Weeklong Photo Contest

Show us your AQ spirit and be entered to win an Amazon gift card! Visit the photo booth in The Moose. Submit photos by tagging @aquinas_sao on Instagram. (A winner will be chosen at random.)


Wednesday, February 3

Mass at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

12:15 p.m., OLSW

Black Christian Experience: Race in America and the Christian's Response

7 p.m., Live Virtual Event

Zoom Meeting link

Meeting ID: 936 3685 6409

Passcode: 781536

+13126266799,,93636856409#,,,,*781536# US (Chicago)

+16465588656,,93636856409#,,,,*781536# US (New York)

Find your local number.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Anthony Bradley is professor of religious studies and director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing at The King’s College, Theologian-In-Residence at Redeemer Presbyterian Church—Lincoln Square, and serves as a research fellow at The Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley lectures widely and his writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals. He is also called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues. He studies and writes on covenant theology, criminal justice reform, youth and family, poverty, education policy, social ethics, and race in America. His books include: Liberating Black Theology (2010), Black and Tired (2011), The Political Economy of Liberation (2012), Keep Your Head Up (2012), Aliens In The Promised Land (2013), John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement (2014), Black Scholars In White Space (2015), Something Seems Strange (2016), Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration (2018), Faith In Society (2019), and Why Black Lives Matter (2020).
  • Ismael Hernandez is the founder and president of The Freedom & Virtue Institute. He worked in inner city ministry in Florida for fifteen years until he founded the Freedom & Virtue Institute in 2009. The Institute exists to challenge the paternalistic, condescending, dependency incentivizing statist way of attending the problems of poverty in America. He regularly lectures for the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids and has lectured with the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, the Foundation for Government Accountability, and the Foundation for Economic Education. He is the author of the book Not Tragically Colored: Freedom, Personhood, and the Renewal of Black America. Ismael holds a masters degree in political sciences and lives in Fort Myers, Florida, with his wife and three children.
  • Sr. Dr. Jamie T. Phelps, O.P., is a “cradle Catholic” who was baptized in Mobile, Alabama. Sr. Dr. Phelps, now retired, began her public ministry in the Roman Catholic Church and in the wider community in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic from Adrian, Michigan, and holds a M.S.W. from the Jane Adams School Social Work (Chicago, Illinois); an M.A. St. John’s University, Collegeville; and a Ph.D. in theology at the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.) Sr. Jamie has served as a social worker as well as an educator. As a theological professor, Dr. Phelps taught and mentored students at the graduate and doctoral levels at the Catholic Theological Union Chicago and Xavier University of New Orleans and as a visiting professor at the University of Dayton and Notre Dame. She has lectured in and out of the Academy, both in the United States and abroad. Her primary research and teaching was in the discipline of Systematic and Pastoral Theology.

Moderator: Dr. Jason Duncan, professor and chair of history, Aquinas College

Grocery Store Bingo

9 p.m., Live Virtual Event (Check Engage AQ for link information on the day of the event.)

Weeklong Photo Contest

Show us your AQ spirit and be entered to win an Amazon gift card! Visit the photo booth in The Moose. Submit photos by tagging @aquinas_sao on Instagram. (A winner will be chosen at random.)


Thursday, February 4

Trivia Night

7 p.m., Virtual (Check Engage AQ and Acorn for link information on the day of the event.)

Concluding Mass and Sending Mass for those attending SEEK

4:30 p.m., OLSW

Guest Presider: Fr. Samuel Hakeem, O.P.

Join us for Mass followed by the SEEK delegation dinner, Testimony, Praise and Worship and Eucharistic Adoration.

Weeklong Photo Contest

Show us your AQ spirit and be entered to win an Amazon gift card! Visit the photo booth in The Moose. Submit photos by tagging @aquinas_sao on Instagram. (A winner will be chosen at random.)


    February 4-7

    SEEK Retreat on campus and virtual with Fr. Samuel Hakeem, O.P.