The College's Office of Campus Ministry offers a variety of programs to help students grow spiritually, through retreats, small faith communities, and ongoing opportunities for reflection. Whether a student is just beginning their spiritual journey or they've been walking the road of faith for some time, they'll find many opportunities for spiritual growth through Campus Ministry. Try one (or all) and discover the deeper meaning of the college motto "Until Christ be Formed in You."
Agape Latte provides students an opportunity to hear about the faith journeys of faculty and staff members, who are chosen by students, in a social setting. Desserts and coffee are also served! Please contact Fr. Ron Sibugan, A.A. for more information.
Athletes InterVarsity is specifically designed for Assumption athletes who wish to further understand the Christian faith, deepen their knowledge of Scripture, and engage in conversation about how to live out the Gospel on a daily basis. Contact Rachel Dean for more information.
Bible Study is a weekly opportunity for students curious about Scripture and who desire to dig deeper into its meaning in a conversational setting. Contact Scott Brill for more information.
The Christian Initiation program prepares those for reception into the Catholic Church who have not been baptized, have been baptized in a different Christian tradition, or who have been baptized Catholic and have not received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Any student who is interested in receiving Baptism, Communion and Confirmation for full sacramental participation in the Catholic Church should contact Deacon Paul Covino or by phone at (508) 767-7057.
Foundations in Faith
Foundations in Faith gives Assumption students the opportunity to teach CCD to children at St. Mary’s Parish in nearby Shrewsbury, MA. Contact Vinnie Sullivan-Jacques for more information.
Men's and Women's Discernment Groups
These two groups provide students with a supportive space to discuss discernment of one’s unique vocation – whether to the priesthood, religious life, marriage, or the single life - in a small group setting. Please contact Fr. Ron Sibugan for more information.
Retreats offer students time for quiet reflection away from their busy lives on campus. Students explore their relationship with God with others and reflect on their faith journey. By sharing the retreat experience with peers, students build community and develop new friendships grounded in a commitment to grow in faith. All students are welcome to participate in Campus Ministry's retreat offerings. No prior retreat experience is required. Please contact Stephanie McCaffrey about any of the retreats listed below.
START & Horizon Retreats
The START & Horizon Retreats offer opportunities for students to get off-campus to reflect on a number of different themes: identity, commitment, faith, prayer, and discipleship to name a few. Each retreat is student-led and includes:
- Talks by students
- Small group discussions
- Time for reflection
- Opportunities for students to relax with one another
Students who have attended a 24-hour START Retreat are encouraged to explore deeper dimensions of their faith life on a 48-hour Horizon Retreat. All students, Catholic and non-Catholic, are welcome to attend. If you need to get away and want to meet new people interested in growing in faith, these retreats can help.
The Genesis Retreat is for first-year students and offered the second Saturday after classes begin in the fall. Its primary goal is to encourage students who are beginning their college experience to reflect on their desires and goals for their first year, as well as to encourage them to use Campus Ministry as a resource as they seek to grow in their faith. It also provides students with the opportunity to meet others who have just joined the Assumption community, as well as to hear from sophomores and juniors about their own Assumption experience. The Genesis Retreat is a collaboration between Campus Ministry and Student Affairs.
Created specifically for sophomores, this 24-hour, off-campus retreat helps sophomores come to a greater appreciation of their God-given gifts, their passions and talents, and their sense of vocation. It includes talks by recent alumni, small group conversations, and other activities that assist students in more fully understanding what God is calling them to as young adults. The Crossroads Retreat was made possible by a generous grant from the Council of Independent College and the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and is now funded by the President's Office.
This retreat offers seniors an opportunity to reflect on their college experience and look ahead to their years beyond Assumption. This 24-hour retreat, designed by and for seniors, is held off-campus at a retreat center and is open to any member of the graduating class. Retreat elements include:
- Reflection on the development of one's identity and faith during college, as well as one's hopes for the future
- Small group conversations
- Large group activities
- Opportunities for prayer, reflection, and relaxation
No previous retreat experience is required.
The Lenten Mini-Retreat provides alumni, students, and other members of the Assumption College community with the opportunity to gather for a Sunday afternoon of reflection on a theme of the presenter's choice.
SEARCH (Students Encountering And Responding to CHrist)
The SEARCH program provides Assumption students with the opportunity to share their faith by offering retreats for high school students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Worcester. These four to five hour retreats take place on campus and are entirely student-led. Parishes return year after year to have Assumption students facilitate retreats for their Confirmation candidates. Contact Stephanie McCaffrey for more information.