Nazareth Catholic Community

January 31, 2016 ~ 4th Sunday of Ordianry Time


Happy Birthday Thomas Merton!

Greetings Everyone!

Today, January 31, would have been Thomas Merton's 101st birthday! Merton is arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth century. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, has sold over one million copies and has been translated into over fifteen languages. He wrote over sixty other books and hundreds of poems and articles on topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil rights, nonviolence, and the nuclear arms race.

Pope Francis in his address to a joint session of the US Congress said of Merton: "Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions."

Merton 's writings continue to be a wonderful source of spiritual guidance for people of all ages, cultures and faiths. If you don't know too much about Thomas Merton check out the web links below. Also, next time your in the library wander around the Thomas Merton room; it is located just right of the Rare Books room. Inside you will find thousands of Merton's works. You are bound to find something that inspires you!


~ Jamie

Where to Begin with Thomas Merton?

Mark Your Calendars: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is February 10, 2016
We will have two services on campus:

Mass at 12:30PM

Ecumenical Service at 7:00PM

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies Presents: Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

  • Keeping Hope in the Desert: What Our Brothers and Sisters in Iraq Can Teach Us.
    February 11, 2016, 7 p.m.
    Forum, Otto A. Shults Community Center
  • Is Mercy about Forgetting?
    February 12, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
    Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center

Internationally acclaimed preacher, speaker, and writer, Timothy Radcliffe is director of the Las Casas Institute of Blackfriars Hall at University of Oxford, which is dedicated to promoting social justice and human rights.

A Dominican friar of the English province, he worked as university chaplain in London, taught theology at Oxford for many years, and then served as global master of his religious community, the Order of Preachers. In that role, he traveled to every continent. Pope Francis appointed Radcliffe as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, which works with various international organizations and ecumenical religious groups in carrying out its mission.

Known for his progressive and inclusive vision of the Church, Radcliffe is the author of What Is the Point of Being a Christian? (2005), for which he won the 2007 Michael Ramsey Prize, awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the “most promising contemporary theological writing from the global Church.” Among his other most recent books are I Call You Friends (2013) and Why Go to Church? The Drama of the Eucharist (2008).

“So the challenge for the Church is to become the sort of community that can speak convincingly about God, which is to say a place of mercy and mutual delight, of joy and freedom.” ~ Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

Are You Free on Wednesdays at 12:30? Come to Mass!

Every Wednesday, we will celebrate Mass at 12:30PM in Linehan Chapel. Don't worry, you have the time! This Mass is shorter than a Sunday Mass, only about 25 minutes! What a wonderful way to find balance and spiritual nourishment in the middle of your busy week!

Divine Doughnuts

Tuesdays @ 9:15AM in GAC 151
Coffee. Sprinkles.Prayer

Joint weekly gathering of the Nazareth Catholic and Protestant Communities

Spring Break Service Retreat sponsored by the Center for Spirituality

ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!!!! You are invited to spend your spring break with fellow Naz students, faculty, and staff along with children and families of Clairvaux Farm. We will take the week to work with Deep Roots Inc--doing projects around the farm and getting to know the people they serve as we learn more about poverty and homelessness and the ways in which we can make a true difference. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve and to explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice, then we hope you will consider joining us in March!

We will depart on March 6 at 9:00 am and return on Saturday March 12 in the early evening. Cost is ONLY $85. Scholarships are available!

For more information please RSVP below or contact Nadia Mullin at for more information.

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Spring Break Service Retreat sponsored by the Center for Spirituality

Sunday, March 6th, 8am to Saturday, March 12th, 5pm

Earleville, Maryland, United States

Earleville, MD

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Nazareth College Catholic Community

Sunday Mass 7:00PM
Wednesday Mass: 12:30PM
Gluten free hosts available upon request.
For the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please e-mail one of our priests to schedule an appointment.

Jamie R. Fazio, M.Div., Catholic Chaplain, Office: GAC 162

The Nazareth College Catholic Community is part of the Nazareth Center for Spirituality. All are always welcome!

Nazareth College Catholic Community Pastoral Team: