Tuesday June 30, 2015

Lent 2015

Can you go a week drinking nothing but water? How about a week without complaining, gossiping, swearing, social media or sweets? Those are some of the challenges University of Dayton campus ministry will issue when Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Crystal Sullivan, director of University of Dayton campus ministry, points out "Lent is not entirely about 'giving up' things, though. Lent is about making time and space for God, through prayer and activities that deepen our relationships with God.

"Choosing to give up something means 'fasting' from things in our lives that separate us from God or distract us from being the best version of ourselves."

Once again, campus ministry will be taking to Twitter — @UDLiturgies — and Facebook — University of Dayton Campus Ministry — to issue its Lenten challenges and offer suggestions for prayer, service and sacrifice.

This year's theme on campus is "Journey through the Desert." Sullivan urges people to share their Lenten "Journey through the Desert" on Twitter and Facebook using #UDLentenChallenge.

The University of Dayton will mark the beginning of Lent with six Ash Wednesday Masses at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Chaminade Chapel; 7 p.m. in Holy Angels Catholic Church; and 9 p.m. in the McGinnis Center.

In addition to Ash Wednesday Masses and Lenten challenges, the University of Dayton offices of campus ministry and mission and rector will offer the following free, public activities during Lent, which runs through Wednesday, April 1:

* Stations of the Cross at 4:30 p.m. Fridays (except March 6) in Chaminade Chapel.

* Sacrament of Reconciliation from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in Chaminade Chapel. There also will be a Taizé reconciliation service at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Chaminade Chapel. Taizé refers to the music style of the monks of Taizé, France.

* Lenten prayer service at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Chaminade Chapel. The service is in conjunction with the visit and talk on campus of Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, about her ministry against the death penalty.

* Mass in remembrance of the Salvadoran martyrs at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Chaminade chapel. Stations of the Cross will follow.

This Lenten season, campus ministry and the office for mission and rector also will be collecting money to send to Marianist programs overseas — health clinics in Togo, West Africa, and India; and Marianist schools in India, Kenya and Malawi. Each serve the needs of the poor, through education, encouragement and meeting basic needs.

For a complete list of University Dayton Lenten events and programs, visit the related link.

In addition to events celebrating Lent through campus ministry and the office of mission and rector, the Marian Library will display Hap Grieshaber's Polish Stations of the Cross in the First Floor Roesch Gallery March 2 through April 7. Grieshaber's woodcuts were originally intended to be displayed in Auschwitz's Church of the Atonement, but never saw the light of day until the 1967 publication of HAP Grieshaber, Way of the Cross. Meditations by Stephen Cardinal Wyszynski. 

The Rev. Johann Roten, University of Dayton Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute director of research, art and special projects, recently released a book about this collection, with meditations for each station. Chapters include "Walking the Sorrowful Way," "The Christ of Expressionism," "The Way of the Cross," and "Representation and Identification," and "The Polish Way of the Cross."

"Grieshaber was inspired by the meditations on Christ's Passion by Stephen Cardinal Wyszynski, and his affection for the Polish people, its suffering and culture," Roten wrote. "Grieshaber's representation of the Way of the Cross is not a strictly narrative rendering of Christ's Passion. Grieshaber is the typical expressionist artist trying to immerse the spectator in his own world of representing injustice, violence and suffering, and thus to espouse his own interpretation of Jesus Christ's Passion and death."

For more information, please contact the office of campus ministry at 937-229-3339. For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391. Tripods are prohibited in Chaminade Chapel.