The new location of the University’s Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) to 207 Bloomfield Ave. was marked by a special visit on Wednesday, Oct. 18, by the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford.
Archbishop Blair led students and members of the community in a prayer service before blessing CCM’s new home, a tradition within the catholic faith that allows for Mass to officially be celebrated in the center. During his remarks, the Archbishop praised students from the Newman Club, the University’s Catholic student organization, for their efforts in helping to launch the new space. “The University’s students are to be praised for chipping in with their time and effort to make this a truly beautiful place to be.”
Sharon Thuku ’20, a Newman Club member and management major, is looking forward to the larger, more home-like setting, where she says she'll love, "having a place where I can take time out of my busy schedule to spend time with God.”
CCM's new Chaplain, Fr. Pat Kane, who also serves as Parochial Vicar of St. Teresa of Calcutta in Manchester, Conn., shared that this is one of the center’s main intentions. “The Archdiocese purchased this house from the University with the focus of making it a place for us to grow our ministry and where students of every faith can have a space to pray, study, and reflect.”
Along with Campus Minister Sandy Smith, he welcomes getting to know students, faculty, and staff and serving as a resource in faith, something mechanical engineering major Javier Melecio '19 is looking forward to. "I'm so excited for the CCM's official opening. It's great to know students will have this special place of faith and have Sandy and Fr. Kane guiding us."
During Hawktober Weekend, CCM will be hosting an open house reception on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1-3:30 p.m. at 207 Bloomfield Ave. To accommodate an expected larger number of attendees, a vigil Mass will be held on campus in Konover Campus Center at 4:30 p.m.
Beginning Sunday, Oct. 22, Masses will be held in the new center twice per week, on Sunday’s at 7:15 p.m. and Tuesday’s at 12:15 p.m.
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