See you soon for Family Weekend, October 4th-6th!

We look forward to welcoming you to campus and sharing the beauty of the fall season at Saint Joseph’s College. Your student has been on campus for just over six weeks and so much has taken place, from their first classes of the semester to enjoying a sunny day down at the lake. No matter how your student has been involved, they have started to truly feel the meaning of “community” here at Saint Joseph’s.

We hope that you will join us for some or all of the programs we have planned for you, your family and student. When you arrive on campus stop by the Welcome Tent where staff will be on hand to answer any questions!

Please click on a tab to see that day’s activity. Check back often, as we continue to add events.
Make sure to register at the bottom of the page for events marked with a *.

Questions about where to stay? Check out the lodging page for recommended hotels in the area!

Questions about Family Weekend? Looking to get more involved with the Parent’s Association?
Contact Caroline Golja at 207-893-7894 or

Welcome Tent
Noon-5:30pm; by Alfond Center
Stop by to check-in, grab a schedule, and some Monk swag!

** Drop-In Appointments for Parents **
with Career Services and Student Support Services
Parents can sign up for half-hour blocks to learn more about the services provided, how they can help your student, or ask any questions:
Connections Program (career advancement), Mercy Hall, 2pm to 4pm
Student Support Services, Alfond Hall, 2pm to 4pm
               If you and your student have specific questions regarding their SJC experience please encourage them to attend with you.

Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony (open)
4:30pm; Viola George Auditorium, Alfond Hall
Members of the College community are invited to the annual induction ceremony of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society. Undergraduates, who have completed 60 or more credits, are eligible to apply for membership if they’re ranked in the top 20 percent of their class, have a minimum GPA of 3.65 on a 4.0 scale, and have a record of dedication to intellectual activity and community service.

** Welcome Reception for Parents **
5:30pm-6:30pm; Student Lounge & Patio, Alfond Center

Dinner at Pearson’s Cafe
5:30pm-7:00pm; Pearson’s Cafe, Mercy Hall
Price: Adults $10; 5-12ys. $6; Under 5 Free

8:00pm-9:00pm; Baggot Street, Heffernan Center
Head over to Baggot Street to take part in this SJC tradition andfor the chance to win some great prizes!

Welcome Tent
8:30am-4:30pm; by Alfond Center
Stop by to say hi and grab a schedule for the weekend!

9am-8pm; by the Lakefront Trails
Follow the signs down to the newly opened Labyrinth and take in the serenity of autumn in Maine.

Yoga at the Lakefront
9:30am-10:30am; Lakefront
Yoga mats and blocks will be available for use.

10:00am-11:00am; Pearson’s Cafe, Mercy Hall
Price: Adults $7; 5-12ys. $6; Under 5 Free

Blessing of the Animals
10:30am-11:00am; Firepit by dorms
We invite all animal members of the SJC community to join us on campus for the celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals.

Footsteps of Catherine
11:00am-Noon; Meet at the Statue of Catherine by Xavier Hall
As you walk the campus you will travel back in time to hear the story of Catherine McAuley, and her fascinating journey and life as the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

Campus Store
11:00am-4:00pm; Mercy Hall

Esports Lounge
11:00am-3:00pm; Presented by the Monks Esports Club, Heffernan Center
Explore the NEW Monks Esports Lounge at Saint Joseph’s College!  Play a variety of video games with family or friends from 1980s arcade to virtual reality. Take a seat in our comfy chairs, pick up a controller and start playing a game of your choice. Learn more about Esports and how it’s moving forward at SJC. You don’t have to be a pro to #GameLikeAMonk

Women’s Volleyball vs. Anna Maria
11:00am; Gym, Alfond Center

Nature Tour of the SJC trails; lead by Dr. Jim Paruk
11:30am-12:30pm; Meet by the Welcome Tent
With two times to join Dr. Paruk on the trails this is a Family favorite!

** Family Lunch **
11:30am-1:30pm; Pearson’s Cafe, Mercy Hall
Take away boxes will be available for families that would like to have a picnic lunch by the lake.
Price: Adults $7; 5-12ys. $6; Under 5 Free

Lakefront Games
Noon-4:00pm; Lakefront
Take in the beauty of Sebago Lake and relax down at the water’s edge. Join us for an afternoon of fun and games for the whole family! From tie-dye (BYO shirt), to cornhole, and more – the afternoon promises to be fun for all. Visitors should feel free to go for a swim and kayaks will be available to take out on the lake.

Women’s Soccer vs. Rivier
1:00pm-2:30pm; Turf Field

** Freight Farm Tour **
1:30pm-2:30pm; Freight Farm behind Mercy
Join us for a tour and information session about the Freight Farm which holds over 4,500 plants and provides the college with fresh, local, and sustainable lettuce, hearty greens, and herbs.

Nature Tour of the SJC trails; lead by Dr. Jim Paruk
2:00pm-3:00pm; Meet by the Welcome Tent
With two times to join Dr. Paruk on the trails this is a Family favorite!

Women’s Volleyball vs. Norwich
3:00pm; Gym, Alfond Center

4:00pm-7:00pm; Stone Barn
Please click here to register for Monkstoberfest
Oktoberfest with a Monks twist—offers German-style food, live music, local beer, and a commemorative stein at this popular social event that raises money for student scholarships.

** Taste of Saint Joseph’s **
5:30pm-7:00pm; Pearson’s Cafe, Mercy Hall
Join us for a dinner prepared by members of the SJC community featuring traditional foods from their culture.
Price: Adults $10; 5-12ys. $6; Under 5 Free

8:00pm, Viola George Auditorium, Alfond Hall

** Fall Fun Run and Walk **
8:30am-9:30am; Starts a Xavier Garage
The Fall Fun Run through the trails at Saint Joseph’s College promises to be a fun time for all. Dash 3 miles through the crisp, fall air and take in the beauty of the SJC campus. After crossing the finish line, cool down with some apple cider while enjoying the fall season with friends. Embrace your favorite fall tradition and let the fun run begin!

Nursing Blessing of the Hands Ceremony
9:00am-10:30am; Gym, Alfond Center

10:00am-Noon; Pearson’s Cafe, Mercy Hall
Price: Adults $7; 5-12ys. $6; Under 5 Free

Sunday Mass
11:00am-Noon; Healy Chapel, Heffernan Center

Men’s Alumni Lacrosse Game
11:00am-12:30pm; Turf Field

Men’s Soccer Reserve vs. Bridgton Academy
1:00pm-3:00pm; Turf Field

Alumni Softball Game
1:00pm-3:30pm; Richard Bailey Field

Campus Mass
7:00pm-8:00pm; Healy Chapel, Heffernan Center