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Next week, Campus Ministry will be having it’s annual Busy Person’s Moment. In a week-long event starting on Sunday February 23 to February 27th, students, staff and faculty will be participating in a meditation spiritual retreat with a mentor, the focus being taking a moment out of your day and finding peace with God.
Campus Ministry’s Jen Roy explained, “Busy Person’s Moment is an on-campus self-paced retreat open to all students, staff, and faculty of any faith tradition from any of the Colleges of the Fenway running from this Sunday, February 23 through next Thursday, February 27. This moment is a special time to prepare for Lent in a special way by spending a moment with God in the midst of one’s busy life. This week helps others find meaning in their life, allows reflection upon where God is journeying with them, and renews spiritual focus with the support of another person.”
The mentors participating in the retreat are:
Sr. Fran Murphy, a Sister of Notre Dame and a graduate of Emmanuel College who has done many other Busy Person’s Moments as well as counseling, pastoral care, and prayer services.
Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC who combines her skills in spiritual direction and psychotherapy to offer workshops and retreats through Still Harbor’s center in South Boston.
Ann Grady, a retired educator from the Boston Public Schools who is active in parish ministry and spiritual direction through St. Mary of the Angels in Roxbury.
Bernardine Ileto Chan, who is a graduate of Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry focused on pastoral ministry and religious education.
Br. Lake Herman, a Capuchin Franciscan who directs retreats and service programs for youth and young adults.
Marybeth Harmon, a graduate of Emmanuel College who is a hospital chaplain doing spiritual direction and pastoral care at both a hospital and long-term care setting.
Sr. Mary Margaret Souza, a Sister of St. Dorothy and graduate of Emmanuel College, has served in teaching, administration, and pastoral counseling and is interning as an associate director through the Office of Spiritual Formation in Watertown.
“Participants will gather on Sunday, Feb. 23rd at 7:30 pm to meet their assigned spiritual director and to attend the 8 pm mass and receive a blessing for the week,” Roy explained. “Participants will then meet for 30 minutes daily (Monday, Feb. 24-Thursday, Feb. 27) with their spiritual director based upon their availability. Participants are encouraged to spend an extra 30 minutes during this week in personal prayer and reflection on provided spiritual readings and are also invited to an optional 12:30 pm daily interfaith prayer service in the chapel.”
Roy also reports that the program has received positive feedback.
“A participant who experienced the Busy Person’s Moment last year stated, ‘Being able to set aside some time each day to relax and have a conversation with someone about God was great.’ Another participant shared,’I found that I was able to breathe and relax more after the meetings with my spiritual director. I was able to set my busy life on pause for 30 minutes and reflect on what God is trying to do for me.'”
Registration for the event was required to participate, however, Campus Ministry has a lot up its sleeve. If you’re interested in programs like these, feel free to reach out to Jen Roy at email@example.com.
Colleen Moriaty is Secretary for The Hub as well as a Staff writer. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.