Saint Joseph‘s Month provides the College community the opportunity to deepen our understanding and expression of Saint Joseph’s mission as a Catholic, liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. With the celebration of the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th, the month also recognizes Saint Joseph as the Patron of the College.

Sponsored by the Office of Sponsorship and Mission Integration in partnership with departments from across the College community, Saint Joseph’s Month will become an annual event that provides diverse opportunities for engagement and connection with our Mission. Please see the offering of programs for Saint Joseph’s Month 2018 below.

Saint Joseph’s Month is made possible by the generous support of Ms. Helen Small, ’63.

For more information about Saint Joseph’s Month, contact

Highlights of 2018

Lenten Pause

Wednesdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Healy Chapel, Heffernan Center
Lent is the season of preparation for Easter and invites us more deeply into experiences of prayer, fasting and giving. In that spirit, all are invited to the Healy Chapel on Wednesdays between 11:00am and 1:00pm to pause during Lent. Resources and a prayerful environment will be available to support you on your Lenten journey.

Spring Break Workfest Sendoff Prayer Service

Friday, March 2, 4:00pm, Healy Chapel, Heffernan Center
All are invited to gather with this year’s Spring Break Workfest participants to support and pray with them before they depart campus for their service locations. Begun in 1992 by Sr. Michele Aronica, RSM and Sister Sylvia Comer RSM, 2018 marks the 27th year of Spring Break Workfest service trips occurring over the Spring Break week and during the Lenten Season at Saint Joseph’s!

In partnership with the Mercy Center

Mercy Momentum Lunch and Discussion

Tuesday, March 13, Noon-1:00pm, Xavier Hall Lounge
All members of the College community are encouraged to come and enjoy a complimentary lunch and participate in a discussion about Catherine McAuley – her life, her ministry, and her inspiration to us. We will enjoy a simple meal and build Mercy momentum across Saint Joseph’s. Space is limited. RSVP to Lisa Schiraldi, Office of Sponsorship and Mission Integration, at ext. 7712 or

Mercy Critical Concerns and Catholic Social Teaching

Wednesday, March 14, 3:00-4:00pm, Xavier Hall Lounge
The Sisters of Mercy were founded out of deep concern for persons who are poor. Today, that commitment is focused in five Mercy Critical Concerns (Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism, and Women) that are addressed through prayer; attention to personal, communal and institutional choices; education; advocacy with legislators and other government leaders; and corporate engagement. Catholic Social Teaching, reflected in seven key themes, is a rich tradition of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Sr. Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM, Co-Director of Mercy Spiritual Ministries, will reflect upon the intersection between our Mercy Critical Concerns and Catholic Social Teaching and invite our consideration of engagement with both.

Student Reflections on Service and Justice

Thursday, March 15, 3:00-4:00pm, Hall of Fame Room
Come hear student participants from this year’s Haiti/Guatemala Service Trip and the Spring Break Service Trip reflect upon their experiences. They’ll share the impact of these powerful service and justice programs!

In partnership with the Mercy Center and Dr. Steven Bridge

Living a Nonviolent Life Workshop

Saturday, March 17, 9:30am – 4:00pm, Baggot Street, Heffernan Center
Fr. John Dear ( is a long-time activist, priest, author and lecturer. He served for many years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States. He recently helped draft Pope Francis’ Jan. 1, 2017 World Day of Peace message on nonviolence. He is a co-founder of the Campaign for Nonviolence and the Nonviolent Cities Project. He has authored thirty-five books. Using his book, The Nonviolent Life, Fr. John will guide participants in reflections on our individual and shared journeys deeper into the life of creative nonviolence. Free for SJC students, faculty, and staff. For more info and to register, please email

In partnership with the Center for Faith and Spirituality

Saint Joseph Mass

Monday, March 19, Noon, Healy Chapel, Heffernan Center
In a spirit of faith and community, all are welcome to celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Patron of Saint Joseph’s College. Fr. Michael Seavey, Parochial Vicor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, will be presiding. All are welcome.

Encountering Saint Joseph: as Parent, Patron, and Model of Faith

Monday, March 19, 3:00-4:00pm, Viola George Auditorium, Alfond Hall
Who was Saint Joseph? Why is he important? How does he inspire and guide us as a model of faith and Patron of Saint Joseph’s College? Come hear Dr. Anthony Coleman (Faculty, Online Theology Program), Sr. Marilyn Sunderman, RSM, PhD, (Professor and Chair of Campus Theology Department), and Fr. Michael Seavey (Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish) reflect upon and share their insights on Saint Joseph.

In partnership with the Theology Department, Online Theology Program, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish 

Saint Joseph’s College History and Storytelling with Sr. Mary George O’Toole, RSM

Tuesday, March 20, 9:00-10:00am, Xavier Hall Lounge
Sr. Mary George O’Toole, RSM has lived, worked and been a dynamic presence on campus for over 50 years! Enjoy some coffee and pastries as Sr Mary George shares the history of Saint Joseph’s College, amazing stories about the campus’ development, and other little-known facts about our campus.

In partnership with College Archives

Respect and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Wednesday, March 21, 3:00-4:15pm, Viola George Auditorium, Alfond Hall
Respect and Community are two of our Saint Joseph’s College Core Values. Hospitality and inclusion reflect our Mercy heritage and spirit. Dignity of the human person is a theme of Catholic Social Teaching. Mindful of these shared principles, we welcome Dr. Kevin Timpe who will outline the ways people with disabilities have faced exclusion and discrimination in American culture and history. He argues that this pattern of exclusion harms not only persons with disabilities, but also the larger communities in which they live. Dr. Kevin Timpe holds the William Harry Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy at Calvin College.

In partnership with Dr. Chris Callaway, the Philosophy Department and Academic Affairs

Palm Sunday Candlelight Mass

Sunday, March 25, 8:00pm, Healy Chapel, Heffernan Center
All are welcome to gather for prayer and community during this candlelight Mass on Palm Sunday as we begin Holy Week. Fr. Bob Pecoraro, SJ, President of Cheverus High School, will be presiding.

Mission Connect

Tuesday, March 27, 8:30am – 1:00pm, Xavier Hall Lounge
“Mission Connect” is a half-day program that invites members of the College community to gather in a relaxing setting and pace to foster community and conversation among each other. “Mission Connect” provides time for individual reflection, large group sessions and small group discussions to connect more deeply with our Mission. “Mission Connect” includes all meals and snacks, and non-exempt (hourly) employees are compensated for their time. Space is limited. To register, please contact Lisa Schiraldi, Office of Sponsorship and Mission Integration, at ext. 7712 or

Community Outreach and Service Opportunities Throughout the Month

In partnership with the Mercy Center

Preble Street
Monday, March 12 and Monday, March 26
Depart St. Joseph’s Hall at 9:45am and return at 2:00pm

Volunteer and help prepare/serve a meal at the Preble Street Resource Center kitchen in Portland.

Habitat for Humanity Build
Friday, March 16
Depart campus at 8:15am and return around 2:00pm

A great opportunity to reach out to our local community. For more information, contact Kathryn Cody at

Socks & Scripture
Saturday, March 24
Depart Mercy Center at 11:00am

Join us as we visit with our homeless brothers and sisters in Portland and share with them material items, food, and community.