Students celebrate Easter Mass at the Vatican

first_imgCourtesy of Campus Ministry Notre Dame students who are studying abroad in Europe journey to Rome to celebrate Easter mass at the Vatican as part of a Campus Ministry pilgrimage.“[The pilgrimage] is so tied to the liturgical season,” Lichon said. “It’s simply just opening the space for the students to experience it. Especially when you’re studying abroad, there are students who come to a new city, and there are so many things to do, but we really put Rome in a particular light where we’re visiting all these churches but we’re not doing the more touristy things you typically might do.“But you kind of see Rome through a particular lens, especially through Holy Week and through the current faith life in Rome — both the local church, that’s why we went to Santa Maria in Trastevere where you got a very vibrant Italian parish, but then also the universal church that comes together in St. Peter’s on Sunday morning. So I think that’s a really cool part of the pilgrimage.”The pilgrimage began Holy Thursday with Mass at Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest churches in Rome. Over the next three days, students on the pilgrimage also traveled to St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls, among other holy sites. Together, these four churches make up the major basilicas of Rome, the highest-ranking Catholic churches in the world and pilgrimage sites for thousands of years.Senior Duncan Campbell, a Campus Ministry intern who helped organize and lead the pilgrimage, said the setting in Rome also gave students spiritual opportunities they wouldn’t normally receive.“The location is definitely special, because everybody knows about Rome, everybody knows about Easter, too, and the two kind of go together really perfectly,” Campbell said. “A microcosm of what’s special about this is the Holy Thursday walking pilgrimage to all the churches.“I would bet that there’s nowhere else in the world where you could do that kind of thing in that kind of time in that space — where we could visit 12 or 15 different churches in the span of a couple hours in the same six city blocks. I think that’s the kind of the thing that makes Rome special. And then also having Pope Francis here to celebrate liturgies with him and to know that’s the city where all that history is with the Church, I’d say that’s definitely makes it special.”Junior Melanie Runkle, who is currently studying in Dublin, said she went on the trip in hopes of experiencing both Rome and the celebration of Easter in a more spiritual way.“I decided to go on the pilgrimage to Rome because it was somewhere that I really wanted to travel, and going there on a pilgrimage for Easter seemed like a very appropriate way to see the city,” Runkle said. “I figured that on a pilgrimage, I would see a much more authentic side of Rome, as well as experience the city on a deeper level.”On the pilgrimage, Runkle said she gained a deeper understanding of the universality of the Church.“All of the other Campus Ministry events that I have attended have really only included Notre Dame students, so this one was different since we were a group of Notre Dame students that was part of a much larger pilgrimage of people from all over the world to celebrate Easter in Rome,” she said. “I really noticed this at Easter mass in the Vatican, and it was a great moment to realize that we are not only part of the Notre Dame family, but also part of a Catholic family that really is universal.”Along with the four-day pilgrimage, students had the option to only attend Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican, with tickets provided by Campus Ministry. The weekend concluded with a reception at the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway, which Lichon said was an opportunity for students scattered across the world to celebrate the Church’s holiest day with friends.“This is a great chance for [students] to reconnect, talk to each other,” he said. “It’s kind of like a Notre Dame family Easter celebration.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Easter, Pilgrimage, Pope, Pope Francis, Rome, St. Peter’s, Vatican DUBLIN — As the clouds parted and the rain stopped in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican last Sunday morning, more than 100 Notre Dame students were on hand to celebrate Easter Sunday Mass, led by Pope Francis.The Mass, part of a pilgrimage organized by Notre Dame Campus Ministry, brought together juniors currently studying abroad across Europe to celebrate Easter as a community in Rome.John Paul Lichon, assistant director of retreats, pilgrimages and spirituality for Campus Ministry, said the pilgrimage, one of several offered by Campus Ministry throughout the year, is special not only because of its location in Rome but also its timing with the Church’s Easter celebration.last_img read more

Purple & Bold: With All-Star Break approaching, Lakers keep their eye on the ball

first_imgThis is the Wednesday, Feb. 12 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.There’s only one game remaining for the Lakers until the annual midseason breather*, much deserved for Coach Frank Vogel’s 40-12, best-in-the-West squad.If Monday’s 125-100 victory over the Phoenix Suns was an indication, don’t expect the Lakers to look past Wednesday’s contest in Denver (7 p.m., ESPN, Spectrum SportsNet) against the second-place Nuggets, who are 38-16 and 21-6 at home.“This is a time of the season that teams take losses that they shouldn’t take,” Vogel said before Monday’s win. “We’re playing for something bigger, and it’s more important to us, and we’re not gonna be one of those teams.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLeBron James offered this perspective: “You play in the moment, you go about the moment. Tomorrow’s not promised so you can’t really think about that too much. Obviously, we know the break is going on, but as professionals, you have to play. You want to play, you want to continue to get better.”Besides, it would be basketball malpractice to dismiss Denver.“It’s a good test for us,” said James, whose Lakers have split their two games so far this season against the Nuggets. “Team that plays extremely well at home. They’re gonna be excited, the fans will be excited to have the Lakers in town, that’s for sure.“We don’t play again for another week and a half after that so we have time to get plenty of re– well, those guys have time to get plenty of rest.”*Not all All-Star breaks are equal. The Lakers’ All-Stars – Chicago native Anthony Davis, as well as James, Dwight Howard and the Lakers’ coaching staff – won’t be sunbathing on a beach somewhere warm; they earned the opportunity to work overtime this weekend in Illinois, whether they’re putting on a show or coaching in the All-Star Game or competing in the Slam Dunk Contest.Or as James put it: “Myself, A.D., Dwight got a couple things we gotta do.”Vogel was up front earlier about his job this weekend: There will be no film study, nor probably much defense: “I coached the All-Star Game a few years ago and that was the worst (defensive game I’ve ever coached),” the first-year Lakers coach said. “Hopefully, this won’t be worse than that. But I’m sure it will.”He hopes the Lakers’ D in Denver will be better with James in the lineup as opposed to the last time the teams met, when he was sidelined with a thoracic muscle strain and the Nuggets won going away, 128-104.“I expect us to be professionals about it. Be veterans,” said Danny Green, the Lakers’ veteran shooting guard. “Lock in for this last one coming up.”— Mirjam SwansonThanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Don’t look past these linksOlympic dreaming – James, Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Howard and JaVale McGee have reasons to want to compete this summer.Vintage performance – Rajon Rondo pours in 23 points in the Lakers’ latest win.Get up – Get going: Avery Bradley is 21 for 34 from 3-point range over his past seven games.Options – There aren’t many, Kyle Goon broke down the buyout market in his latest mailbag on Monday.Grief-stricken – Vanessa Bryant shared her grief on Instagram.Nevermind – Darren Collison to stay retired.Leading the way in The Bay – James sets the tone with 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.What about Kuz? – Mark Heisler on the enigmatic forward, who remains a Laker, again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

YWCA Olympia Presents Free Community Screening Of “Girl Rising”

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0 About IntelIntel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Intel is collaborating with 10×10 on a global social action campaign to amplify the importance of investing in girls’ education. (OLYMPIA, Wash.) – The YWCA of Olympia, in conjunction with Intel Corporation, will host a free community screening of the film Girl Rising at 7:00p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts (512 Washington St SE, Olympia 98501).This groundbreaking film is presented by 10×10 (a global action campaign for girls’ education and empowerment) and tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers, and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Directed by Academy Award nominee, Richard Robbins, Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.Tickets for this event will not be sold; however patrons are welcome to “pay what they can” at the door. Following the screening, a panel of advocates and educators will discuss the film and local efforts to strengthen opportunities for girls’ education here in our community. A reception with the panelists and YWCA program staff will follow.Girl Rising tells the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from life in the garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement- dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams. For more information, contact the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593. About the YWCA of OlympiaEstablished in 1945, the YWCA of Olympia offers responsive programs and services to meet the needs of women, girls and families. We are inspiring a new generation to become strong leaders and advocates for opportunity and equity for all women. The YWCA of Olympia strives to empower women and eliminate racism through education, advocacy, service and leadership opportunities. The YWCA has worked to change history—from civil rights to women’s rights, from advocacy for women’s health care to an end to violence against women and girls. The YWCA is the voice for every woman. We speak out and take action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA and our members and volunteers contribute time, talent, tenacity and financial support for the betterment of all women in our community.center_img About 10×10 10×10 is a global action campaign for girls’ education, founded by award-winning journalist at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. Centered by the new feature film, “Girl Rising”, 10×10 uses the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World. Additional ResourcesYWCA of Olympia: www.ywcaofolympia.orgGirl Rising: www.girlrising.com10×10: www.10x10act.orgIntel: and read more