November 23, 2015
College Communications and Marketing
The Abbey Church at Saint Anselm College resembled a harvest cornucopia, with the annual blessing of more than 100 overflowing Thanksgiving baskets for the disadvantaged in the Merrimack Valley of New Hampshire. Donated by a diverse cross section of the Anselmian community, the 121 baskets - laden with turkey, breads, vegetables, pies and more - will serve Thanksgiving meals for nearly 1,000 people.
Faculty, administration, staff, students and the monastic community participated in this 13th year of a cherished tradition. Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., blessed the bounty of donations before they were delivered to New Hampshire Catholic Charities and the Merrimack Valley Assistance Program (MVAP).
MaryAnn Fraser of Catholic Charities remarked, "It is a privilege and a joy to watch this process." Lauren Collins of MVAP, said, "We so look forward to delivering to those who won't have to worry about providing for their families on Thanksgiving."
Saint Anselm College places tremendous value in extending charity and goodwill per the institution's Catholic and Benedictine mission.
"We are fortunate to live in a community where faith, hope and love are part of our lives," said Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president, Saint Anselm College. "Although we live in a divided world, actions like this unite us."
Led by the Office of Campus Ministry, the Thanksgiving tradition was originated by the late Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C. As campus minister in 2002, Sr. Pauline tirelessly developed an initial display of charity into an important annual event cherished by those who donate and those who receive the baskets.