November 24, 2014
Communications and Marketing
On Monday, Nov. 24, the college community gathered in the Abbey Church for the blessing of 144 Thanksgiving Day food baskets destined for families in the Manchester area. The baskets, complete with turkey and all the trimmings, are being delivered just in time to provide dinner for more than 1,000 people.
The annual blessing brought faculty, staff, students and members of the monastic community to the church where Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., blessed the baskets before they were delivered to New Hampshire Catholic Charities and the Greater Manchester Aids Project (GMAP).
MaryAnn Fraser, of Catholic Charities and Lilly Ramos-Spooner, of GMAP, expressed their unending gratitude for the donations.
"I'm in awe of your creativity and generosity," said Fraser. "It is a joy to watch the families pick their basket."
A favorite day for many in the community, Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Joe Horton also voiced his appreciation to the community for the generous gifts.
"Whether you work here, study here, are friends of the college, today is a great day to reflect on who we are as Anselmians," said Dr. Horton. "You are what makes Saint Anselm College what it is."
This is the college's 12th year of donating baskets to local organizations and families. The tradition began with the late Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C. in 2002 during her time as campus minister. Sr. Pauline worked tirelessly for charity, making the annual event important to the entire community. Saint Anselm College, led by the Office of Campus Ministry, continues her work, exemplifying the college's Catholic and Benedictine mission.
Photo: Paul Spencer '15 carries Thanksgiving baskets into the Abbey Church to be blessed.