St. Thomas University students, staff, faculty and friends initiated the 40-day Lenten journey with Ash Wednesday Mass concelebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski in the Chapel of Saint Anthony. The trilingual (English, Spanish, Creole) Eucharistic Celebration led the St. Thomas University family to reflection on penance and renewal. During his homily, the Archbishop reminded those gathered about the opportunity that Lent provides us to assess our blessings and opportunities. Following Mass, the Archbishop was joined by students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University for a “Lenten Soup and Bread Lunch” at the Evelyn and George Goldbloom Convocation Hall.
The Ash Wednesday events kicked off a series of prayer services and liturgical celebrations through April coordinated by the Office of Campus Ministry. The forty days of programs include Nights of Soup, Bread, and Reflection; Nights of Praise, Worship and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; an Intercollegiate One-Day Retreat with Barry University; Confessions; daily and Sunday Eucharistic Celebrations; Stations of the Cross; a foods and products drive sponsored by the STU Tourism and Hospitality Program and Campus Ministry; and a 40-Day “Acts of Kindness” Lenten Challenge that encourages all to extend love, understanding, acts of mercy, charity, and service during this special period. For a full listing of upcoming events click here.