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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 10, 2016

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Today, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is the Catholic liturgical season, a 40-day period before Easter (excluding Sundays), which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (March 26 this year).

Ash Wednesday Mass Times
12 p.m., Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church
5 p.m., Upper Abbey Church
9 p.m., Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church

Throughout the Lenten season, Saint Anselm College offers opportunities for reflection and prayer in accordance with the three pillars that guide us through this interior pilgrimage: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Special Events

Senior Retreat
Friday and Saturday, February 19 - 20
Remember life before this place was your home? Can you imagine life without it? Give yourself the time to reflect on life as an Anselmian and how you'll carry the torch forward on this one night retreat open to members of the class of 2016. For more information or to sign up please contact Joycelin Raho.

Interval Retreat
Friday - Sunday, March 18-20
Get off campus, meet new people, pause and reflect on some of college's most important questions: Who am I? What is God's message in my life? What is my response to that message? This is a two night retreat open to all students. For more information please contact Joycelin Raho .

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


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. Below are the scheduled Mass times, happening when the college is in session.

In addition, during Lent, the Office of Campus Ministry will send out daily reflections to the campus community via email. Those interested in receiving reflections, please email Campus Ministry. Read the first reflection written by Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B. on the college blog.

Daily Mass Schedule
11 a.m., 7 p.m., Abbey Church

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Noon, Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church
5:15 p.m., Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church

9 p.m. in Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church

11:50 a.m., Abbey Church


Service and Solidarity Program: Urban Immersion Student Opportunity
Trip Date: Friday-Sunday, April 1-3
St. Francis Inn: This site is a soup kitchen run by the Franciscans in inner city Philadelphia. Participants will prepare and serve meals, deliver meals to homes, assist in thrift store clean up, and partake in women's shelter outreach. The Urban Immersion program, now a part of Service & Solidarity Missions Program, is organized through the Office of Campus Ministry. This program through its student leaders, seeks to guide participants in service and prayer through day or weekend-long trips to the inner city.

To apply, stop by Campus Ministry at least a month before the trip's date.

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 your gifts fund development and education projects overseas and twenty-five percent remains here in New Hampshire to support local hunger and poverty alleviation efforts. Rice Bowls are available in Abbey Church and Campus Ministry in Cushing. For more information contact Andy Fellows in Campus Ministry or visit

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