Peace and Justice in ACCU’s Summer Newsletter

ACCU recently released the summer edition of Update, our quarterly newsletter. Read Update in full here. Peace and Justice highlights include:

  • ACCU President’s Letter: Celebrating 50 years of Populorum Progressio
  • Rivier Students Participate in Day of Service: In April, Rivier University held its fifth annual First-Year Student Day of Service, contributing hundreds of service hours to Greater Nashua, New Hampshire non-profit organizations.
  • Mount Marty Students Volunteer at Rosebud Indian Reservation: Eighteen students from Mount Marty College recently participated in an annual service opportunity that sends nursing students and non-nursing majors to the Rosebud Indian Reservation to work with Tree of Life Ministry in Mission, South Dakota.
  • Newman Students Focus Art on Syrian Conflict: The atrium in Newman University’s Dugan Library was home to a student-created art exhibit in April, with art designed to depict the conflict in Syria.
  • Emmanuel Students Raise Funds for Children’s Hospital: The sixth annual Emmanuel College Dance Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital set a new fundraising record this year.
  • Benedictine Holds Social Justice Teach-In: This spring Benedictine University held an all-day “Teach-In on Social Justice and Race” to promote greater understanding of people and issues affecting local communities.
  • Aquinas Awarded Early Childhood Ed. Grant: Aquinas College in Michigan has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to address the shortage of qualified teachers of color available to lead local early childhood education classrooms.

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Mount Saint Vincent Students Bring Joy to Hospitalized Children

College of Mount Saint Vincent students Kylee McGrane and Margaret McAndrew bring joy by visiting hospitalized children dressed as princesses. Realizing that they resembled the main characters from the Disney movie Frozen, and inspired by their desire to serve, the two began a non-profit called A Moment of Magic. A video showcasing their organization has gone viral online with over 30 million views on Facebook.  Their newest initiative includes athletes dressed in their uniform and volunteers dressed as superheros. Soon, they hope to expand A Moment of Magic to involve other colleges.

The students’ effort reflects College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Leaders in Service Initiative, introducing a shared concern for others through their first year experience course.  Students continue their commitment by volunteering with ongoing projects on hunger, homelessness, and other issues.

Happy Thanksgiving from ACCU!

ACCU wishes you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!  We would like to share this special Thanksgiving prayer from Catholic Relief Services.  You can find this prayer, a printable prayer card, and several other prayers in honor of Thanksgiving in their online prayer resource.

Litany of Thanksgiving

God Most High,

Before your son fed the multitudes, he first gave thanks.
Before he raised his friend Lazarus, he first gave thanks,
That all might know your glory.

And so, as we are blessed to do your works in the world,
That all, indeed, might know your glory
We thank you and praise you, O Lord.

For the grace to feed the poor, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to heal the sick, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to lift up the broken, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to harbor the refugee, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to aid the endangered, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to speak on behalf of the marginalized and vulnerable, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to be for the prisoner, the addict, the lost, the outcast, the dying
What your son has been for us
A comfort, a beacon, a shepherd, a rabbi, a healer, a hope
The salt of the earth, the light of the world, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.





Students at Chestnut Hill College Experience Charism of Sisters of St. Joseph

Each year, Chestnut Hill College welcomes a group of students a week before new student orientation to participate in community service together through a program called LENS (Leadership, Engagement and Service).  The program is designed for students to learn more about the mission and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who sponsor the college . This year, the students volunteered at St. Joseph Villa, a healthcare facility that provides care to laity and retired sisters. The students were moved by the sisters’ stories of life-long service to the Church.

Ryan P. Murphy, an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the facilitator of the service program, reflects on the experience of bringing students into living the sisters’ charism of service and reflection on the Global Sisters Report. He explains his hope “that my students recognize that the mission and charism are not clever add-ons, but something we live authentically as carriers of the Sisters of St. Joseph legacy in a sponsored institution.” Read his full reflection here.

Peace and Justice in ACCU’s Fall Newsletter

ACCU recently released the fall edition of Update, our quarterly newsletter. Read Update in full here. Peace and Justice highlights include:

Global Solidarity Grants Increase Awareness of Catholic Social Teaching at Benedictine University, Cabrini College, Dominican University, St. Norbert’s College, and the University of St. Thomas (TX).

Catholic Colleges Bring Higher Education to the Incarcerated: Saint Francis College, Donnelly College, Holy Cross College, University of Notre Dame, and La Salle University implement programs to bring higher education to those incarcerated.

Spring Hill Alumni Participate in Inaugural Service Trip to Belize where they worked building homes.

Loyola Chicago Students Donate Care Packages to Soldiers serving in Iraq through a partnership with Aramark by using the remaining balance on meal plan to purchase care package materials

Loras Student Wins Interfaith Leadership Award- Recent graduate Samantha Eckrich was awarded the Mike Hammer Interfaith Leadership Award, which recognized her effort in promoting interfaith cooperation on campus.

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