This summer, the Center for Campus Ministry has been hard at work preparing for an exciting fall semester!
Fr. Ron Knott, our sacramental minister, is beginning his fourteenth year at Bellarmine, and Dr. Melanie-Prejean Sullivan returns as our Director of Campus Ministry in her fourteenth year as well. I am beginning my second year as the coordinator for liturgy, music, and special events in Our Lady of the Woods Chapel, our beautiful worship space nestled in the woods behind the Siena residence halls. We also welcome a new member of our staff, Fr. Tony Vattaparambil, a Franciscan friar from India, who joins our two returning Franciscans, Fr. John Pozhathuparambil and Fr. Leo Payyappilly. We are pleased to announce that we now have a permanent "Franciscan Office," shared by Frs. John, Leo, and Tony, on the ground floor of Horrigan Hall.
As part of the fall efforts to connect students to campus, we are thrilled to host a fun new event on Tuesday, September 17, the feast day of our patron, St. Robert Bellarmine. Taking the form of a medieval fair, "Knights of the Round Table: The Quest for the True Self," will be an evening full of food, activities, and surprises that will give new students an opportunity to explore the many faith-based opportunities on campus and think more deeply about who they are called to be during their time at Bellarmine. As students complete their miniature quest through Horrigan Hall, they will also learn more about the many student services housed here, including Campus Ministry, the Career Center, the Financial Aid Office, and the Student Activities Center. We look forward to getting to know our new students that evening and helping to launch them on their journeys toward full faith maturity.
If your son or daughter is interested in finding a worshiping community, joining a faith-based organization, or just meeting and talking with other like-minded students about their spirituality, encourage them to stop by our office in Horrigan Hall, Room 113, right across from the Campus Center cafe. We make it our goal to be place of warm hospitality and thoughtful reflection for students of all faith traditions. And, we maintain strong connections with many churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and houses of worship throughout the area for students seeking a Louisville connection, off campus.
As we mention in our brochure, “In the spirit of Thomas Merton, we seek to know the true self and to experience God’s truth in prayer and contemplation, through study, service, and the pursuit of social justice, in relationship with people of all faiths.” In that quest for the “true self,” it is our intention to invite all to grow in mind, body, and spirit during their time at Bellarmine, to become faithful citizens of our world, dedicated to the search for peace and justice.
Karen Shadle, Ph.D
Assistant Director of Catholic Worship and Campus Ministry