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Mission Statement

Campus Ministry at Mount Aloysius College is called to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to serve the spiritual needs of the campus community by fostering an understanding and awareness of a God who is loving, merciful, and forgiving. Rooted in the Catholic tradition and inspired by Catherine McAuley, Campus Ministry at Mount Aloysius College supports people of all faiths and those questioning matters of faith.

We hope to instill a commitment

  • to life-long spiritual growth,
  • to the deepening of a loving relationship with God
  • and to the living out of the college’s values of Mercy, Justice, Hospitality and Service.

What We’re About

Campus Ministry supports the development of the whole person by

  • Encouraging the deepening of faith through spiritual programs, prayer opportunities, retreats, faith sharing and Bible-study.
  • Celebrating Word and Sacrament through liturgical prayer and inspiring music.
  • Providing practical moral guidance for making wise choices and developing and living the gospel in today’s world.
  • Creating opportunities for leadership by encouraging the development of God-given talents.
  • Embodying the Works of Mercy through social outreach to all, preferentially opting for those who are poor and in greatest need.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Hospitality Center

The Campus Ministry Hospitality Center invites MAC students to stop in for occasional treats, relaxation and reflection! Stop by #36 St. Gert’s Hall and check it out!  Open 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

Need to reserve the Hospitality Center’s kitchen?  Please contact us for further information.  The hospitality center is available for MAC students or campus organizations that need to utilize the space for cooking, a small event, or other campus hospitality/service project needs.  You must reserve it in advance and obtain your Hospitality Lounge pass.

Retreats

Every year, Campus Ministry hosts retreats for fun and reflection with other MAC students. Please click on a link below to read further information about what the retreats entail.

Search for Christian Maturity

  • Search is an interactive student-led retreat that gives MAC students a time away from campus to reflect on their lives. The weekend is filled with talks, small group discussions and group activities that encourage the student to look at their relationship with self, others and God. People who attend the retreat often form new friendships and return renewed and refreshed.

Busy Person’s Retreat

Seeking God in the Midst of a Busy Schedule!

  • Campus Ministry offers a unique retreat experience designed just for YOU! We know that even though you’re really busy, you just might want an opportunity to slow down and reflect.
  • A Busy Persons’ Retreat asks that you set aside 20 – 30 minutes a day for prayer and meet with a spiritual guide to discuss your prayer. All our spiritual guides are prepared for this ministry.

For more information contact Tommy Shireman at tshireman@mtaloy.edu.

Service Trips

Every year, students participate in service trips within the United States and internationally. It is a great way to get involved with Campus Ministry, make new friends and help out those in need.

2012-2013 Service Trips

  • October 2012: West Virginia
  • December 2012: New Orleans, LA
  • March 2-9, 2013: Guyana – Check out our BLOG!
  • April 2013: Frenchville, PA (Young People Who Care, Inc.) -
  • May 2013: Mercy Farms, Vermont

2013-2014 Service Trips

  • October 2013: The Urban Challenge; New Jersey – info to come soon!
  • December 2013: Camp Restore – New Orleans, LA
  • March 2014: Guyana, South America
  • May 2014: Philadelphia, PA- Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc.
External Resources

External Resources

Have a resource you’d like to see listed here?  Contact the Campus Ministry office at tshireman@mtaloy.edu.

 

Local Charitable Organizations

Need assistance?  Contact any of the organizations below for information regarding counseling services, financial services and food services.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona and Johnstown – Charities

  • Altoona Office
    Mrs. Jean D. Johnstone, Director
    1300 12th Avenue; P.O. Box 1349; Altoona, PA  16603
    Phone: (814) 944-9388; Fax: (814) 941-2677
    E-mail: jjohnstone@dioceseaj.org
  • Johnstown Office
    321 Main Street; Suite 5G; Johnstown, PA  15901
    Phone: (814) 535-6538; Fax: (814) 535-2235
    E-mail: ccjohnstown@dioceseaj.org

Cresson Food Pantry

  • 115 Ashcroft Avenue  Cresson, PA 16630 Phone: (814) 886-8827

CONTACT Altoona (Helpline)

Administrative Offices – 2729 8th Avenue Altoona PA, 16602; Helpline Telephone Number: (814) 946-9050, Administrative Office Telephone Number (814) 946-0531, Fax Number: (814) 946-4573

Society of St. Vincent DePaul - visit their website!

  • St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen  2201 Union Avenue  Altoona, PA 16601; Phone: (814) 944-6302
  • St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry  1523 Adams Ave, Altoona, PA 16602; Phone: (814) 943-7962

Altoona Food Bank, Inc.

  • 2100 6th Avenue  Altoona, PA 16602; Phone: (814) 942-8415 or (814) 946-3651

Goodwill

  • Altoona: 3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona, PA 16602; Phone: (814) 940-6202
  • Johnstown: 1115 Scalp Ave, Johnstown, PA 15904; Phone: (814) 266-6143

Meet the Campus Ministry Staff

Andrea Cecilli

Director of Campus Ministry

Thomas Shireman

Associate Director of Campus Ministry



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