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"Lent is a privileged time of interior pilgrimage towards Him Who is the fount of mercy."

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College Offers Prayer and Events During Lent

February 18, 2015

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

"Unless we combine prayer with almsgiving, in giving to the least of God's children, and fasting in order that we may help feed the hungry, and penance in recognition of our share in the guilt, our prayer may become empty words."  
                                                                                        ~ Servant of God Dorothy Day

The Catholic liturgical season of Lent, a 40-day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Throughout the Lenten season, the college offers opportunities for reflection and prayer in accordance with the three pillars that guide us through this interior pilgrimage: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The Abbey Church is open every day 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and members of the community are encouraged to spend time reflecting based on their own beliefs.

Special Events

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Journeying Toward Easter: A Day of Reflection
A day of reflection and retreat preparing for Easter. Attend Mass in the Abbey Church, enjoy presentations by Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. (campus minister) and Keith Chevalier (college archivist), and spend time in prayer and reflection. For more information or to register by phone, call the Alumni Relations Office at 1-888-444-1889.

Thursday, March 26, 5 - 9 p.m.
Encounter Lenten Retreat
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Lenten Encounter Retreat in the lower church. During this retreat, participants seek to build a community of faith by inviting conversation about where God is found in the experiences of their lives. A great chance to learn more about yourself and your faith life through reflection, prayer, and small group sharing!

Fridays during Lent, 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Soup and Spirit Lenten Lunches 

Join community members in upper Cushing Center to share stories of "seeking God" in their lives while also sharing a simple soup lunch. Soup is provided. For more information contact Joycelin Raho

View a complete list of events »    


Daily Mass Schedule

11 a.m., 7 p.m., Abbey Church
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
12 noon, Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church 
5:15 p.m., Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church
12 noon, Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church 
9 p.m., Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church
5:15 p.m., Abbey Church
11:50 a.m., Abbey Church

View the complete Mass schedule »


Costa Rica Building Project  is a Lenten program sponsored by Campus Ministry to support the building project for one of our Service and Solidarity Missions trips. In collaboration with the Meelia Center for Community Engagement and a generous alumnus, they are asking for donations to fund the building of a home in Los Chiles, Costa Rica through the Unbound program. For more information contact Susan Gabert

Operation Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international humanitarian aid agency of the Catholic Community in the U.S. Seventy-five percent of gifts fund development and education projects overseas and twenty-five percent supports local hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in New Hampshire. Rice Bowls are available in the Abbey Church and Campus Ministry. For more information visit CRS Rice Bowl.       

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