Blessed Anne Marie Rivier said, “Your charity should shine forth in all your words and deeds; it should be the motivating force behind all you do.” Catholic social teaching that calls upon each of us as disciples to help the poor in whatever ways that we can, through prayer, compassionate service, and advocating justice for the oppressed. In the spirit of these two calls, Campus Ministry provides opportunities throughout the year for students to be involved in service to the local community and beyond.
Examples of ongoing opportunities are listed below:
Nashua Soup Kitchen: The first Wednesday of every month, Rivier serves at the Nashua Soup Kitchen on Chestnut Street in Nashua. With food donations from dining services and student, faculty and staff volunteers, the patrons of the soup kitchen are served dinner on Riv! Learn more at http://www.nsks.org/
Thanksgiving Basket Project: Join the whole Rivier community in collecting more than 200 Thanksgiving meals, including turkeys! The food drive culminates with an interfaith prayer service on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at 11:30a.m. in the Dion Reception Room.
Spring Break Service Trip: DeSales Service Works, Camden, New Jersey: We offer a Spring Break Service Trip to Camden, NJ to serve the local community through the DeSales Service Works. DeSales Service Works, DSW, is a ministry of the Oblates that invites people to join us in service, prayer, community, and Salesian spirit. This ministry is particularly focused on sharing Salesian spirituality with the people of Camden, NJ, through direct personal service and the advancement of peace and justice. Volunteers do much-needed, practical service. The DSW experience fosters the Christian worldview of St. Francis de Sales and brings the power of Salesian gentleness, humility, and optimism to a very poor, hard-edged city. See more information at:
• The team fundraises for the trip in the fall semester.
• Application and interview required in the fall semester.
• For more info, visit http://www.oblates.org/dsw/
Visiting the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary Retirement Residence: At least twice a year, we visit the retired Sisters of the Presentation of Mary to sing Christmas Carols or take part in another recreational activity.