LATROBE, PA – From Jan. 15 – 21, Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Campus and Multicultural Life, the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, the Saint Vincent College Concert Series, the Uniting All Peoples Club and the Respect Life Club will team up to offer a series of speeches, presentations, musical performances, Masses and other special activities open to the Saint Vincent community to commemorate ‘Life in Christ’ week.
Saturday, Jan. 15 – Together We Learn8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.: Ora et Labora Conference presented by the Center of Catholic Thought and Culture
Sunday, Jan. 16 – Together We Serve7 p.m.: Life in Christ Week Kickoff Mass with Fr. Maximillian Maxwell, O.S.B.
Monday, Jan. 17 – Together We Remember
Martin Luther King Day
11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Community Information Fair, presented by the Office of Global & Community Engagement – Donate Stuffed Animals to Tornado Victims
Due to the recent deadly tornado that affected Kentucky, the Office of Global & Community Engagement will be collecting new and gently used stuffed animals, children's books, coloring books and crayons, and blankets. These items will then be sent to the First Baptist Church, Dawson Springs, KY. The collection box will be in the Carey Lounge all week.
Dr. Ron Whitaker, II, Culturally Responsive Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Urban Education, Equity and Improvement at Cabrini University, will deliver the year’s Life in Christ keynote speech.
Dr. Whitaker holds the distinction of being a Schouver Fellow at Duquesne University, from which he also received his doctorate in Educational Leadership. He is the current Pennsylvania Department of Education Equity Expert, a Board of Trustees member for Tacony Academy Charter School and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. Additionally, Dr. Whitaker holds a certificate in Culturally Sustaining Teaching from the University of North Caroline at Charlotte and a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. In addition to his Ph.D., Dr. Whitaker holds master’s degrees in education and business administration from the University of Pennsylvania and Eastern University, respectively, as well as two undergraduate degrees from Geneva College.
As a researcher and scholar, Dr. Whitaker published articles that focus on the psychology of race and racism; issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion; culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogy and the societal and educational disenfranchisement of African American males.
Click here to view Dr. Whitaker’s speech.
Tuesday, Jan. 18 – Together We Heal
11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Community Information Fair, presented by the Office of Global & Community Engagement – Volunteer at the Local Food Pantry
Students will have the opportunity to support the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Transportation will be provided to the Food Pantry at the Grove between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. For more information and to sign up, email Jody Marsh at email@example.com p.m.: Tenebrae Service, presented by Campus Ministry
Wednesday, Jan. 19 – Together We Move Forward
11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Community Information Fair, presented by the Office of Global & Community Engagement – Decorate Bags for Meals on Wheels
Stop by the Carey Lounge to decorate lunch bags that will be used for Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels is a nationwide network of community-based, nonprofit programs dedicated to providing seniors with the support that will enable them to remain living at home. The Meals on Wheels visit typically includes a nutritious meal, a friendly visit and a quick safety check.
1 p.m.: Midday Prayer and Reflection, hosted by the Benedictine Leadership Studies students with Dr. Michael Krom, professor of philosophy and Philosophy Department Chair.
Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
7:30 p.m.: Congressman Daniel Lipinski to present talk, “Witnessing to Truth Over Power: A Catholic Congressman’s Call”
Fred Rogers Center, Main Banquet Room
Thursday, Jan. 20 – Together We Praise
11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Community Information Fair, presented by the Office of Global & Community Engagement – Dry Pet Food Collection
Students can help food-insecure families continue to care for their pets by donating dry pet food. Food insecurity is at an all-time high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and unfortunately, some people must make the hard decision to forgo getting food for themselves to instead ensure that they can feed their pets.
10 a.m.–4 p.m.: Blood Drive, hosted by Campus Ministry
Saint Scholastica Hall, Upper Floor
7 p.m.: Stations of the Cross, presented by Campus Ministry
Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel
Friday, Jan. 21 – Together We Pray
11 a.m.– 1 p.m.: Community Information Fair, presented by the Office of Global & Community Engagement – Fill a Glass with Hope
Students can make a monetary donation to Fill a Glass with Hope, Pennsylvania’s First Statewide Charitable Fresh Milk Program to supply fresh milk to families in need. Collection containers will be located in the Care Lounge. Each $1 donated = 2 quarts/8 servings of milk provided to families facing hunger.12:05 p.m.: Special Mass for March for Life, presented by Campus Ministry
Students will attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Life in Christ Week Flyer
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