Welcome Back USMC

Welcome Back USMC


Good morning everyone.  A warm and heartfelt welcome to all faculty, staff and students to the 2016-17 academic school year at USMC.  In particular, I would like to especially welcome all new students to another exciting and positive year in campus ministry.  We are in for quite a year.  In fact, we look to continue growing the ministry, as well as building upon the excellent foundation that is the University of St. Michael’s College.

Allow me the opportunity to share with you some of the great initiatives for the upcoming school year.  We begin with some highlights during Orientation Week that will include; our opening year Mass at our collegiate Church- St. Basil’s Parish, and our weekly Breakfast of Champions which begins on September 6 as we welcome all Frosh to our USMC Catholic College community.  To build upon the energy and enthusiasm of Orientation, we begin the following week with our work with the poor in our weekly Sandwich Patrol which takes place every Wednesday beginning on September 14.  Also, we will continue with our Lunch & Learn Faith Series that will examine many relevant topics and areas that our young students are dealing with and also include working closely with our Embedded college Counselor.  We close September with a Blue Jays Game and our Campus Ministry weekend retreat in Penetaguishine, Ontario.

Finally, as we launch into a year full of amazing events and initiatives, we also look to continue building upon our ministry here at USMC.  We are currently looking at working with our local Pastors in the Archdiocese of Toronto in order to encourage their full support and endorsement of USMC and the ministry in our office.  Also, we will be meeting with both private and public Catholic School Boards in the Archdiocese to ensure they understand and know our ministry efforts that are taking place here in campus ministry.  This will allow for a smooth transition of secondary school students when choosing their university in their grade 12 school year.  Other important and essential initiatives include; working closely with our USMC Embedded Counselor, hosting the TCDSB student leadership conference in the fall, hosting our 1st Annual Student Appreciation Gala in the winter session, working closely with our collegiate church- St. Basil’s parish in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, etc.

We look forward to journeying with you in this upcoming academic year.  Please do not hesitate to drop by our office in Brennan Hall 101.  We will welcome you with great hospitality and provide you some snacks along the way.  More importantly, we will affirm your dignity and self worth and allow for your genuine gifts to be lived out fully here at USMC.  Looking forward to seeing all of you and meeting our new Frosh.

Thank-you

Angelo Minardi

Director of Campus Ministry