I recently had a conversation with a colleague in the similar
line of alumni work. He has been an executive in a small company,
and now he works in development and engagement for a large,
Catholic university. I met him at a conference, and he offered to
be a resource if I ever needed advice, ideas, mentoring, etc.
I took him up on his offer, and we had a nice half-hour
conversation about the purpose of our work. What I took away from
that conversation renewed my desire to continue engaging our Saint
Meinrad alumni and friends.
The alumni homecoming and reunion are two unique ways in which
Saint Meinrad continues to foster one of the tenets of the Seminary
and School of Theology's mission statement: a love of learning with
a lifelong seeking of God.
This gentleman encouraged me to constantly ask myself two
questions: 1. Where do I see God in my work and in my organization?
2. How/where do I best fit in this work or organization?
I will focus on the first question, and by answering it, I hope
to answer the second question.
What better way is there to promote a love of learning and a
lifelong seeking of God than by having a homecoming and reunion?
These two events provide the opportunity for alumni and classmates
(and their families) to gather, share stories, relive memories,
attend spiritual and educational conferences, pray, eat pizza at
the UnStable, give gratitude to monks in the cemetery, and visit
with mentors and professors from the monastic community.
The homecoming and reunion events are ripe with educational and
spiritual conferences and liturgies, as well as down time to
cherish memories of a place that has been so crucial in the
formation of men and women at many different stages of their
That's where I find God.
I find God in our alumni who have and do live a life full of the
love of learning and seeking God. I find God in the men and women
who have been shaped by the hospitality and commitment to prayer
sustained by the monastic community.
I find God in the unique ways our alumni have served this world
and their communities. I find God when these alumni come together
for a few short days with the desire to cherish Saint Meinrad and
to continue learning and seeking God.
We look forward to welcoming alumni and their families to both
events this summer.
Read more about both events and register by clicking this link.