Creighton University’s Collaborative Ministry Office is preparing for the Lenten season and is offering resources online and hosting events on campus to assist the community in celebrating and reflecting on this special time. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5 and ends with Holy Thursday on April 17.
The Rev. Andy Alexander, S.J., director and Maureen McCann Waldron, associate director, serve in the Collaborative Ministry Office and coordinate Creighton’s Online Ministries web site. Among their writings is the book, Praying Lent: Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey in which Loyola Press published a number of resources from their site.
Creighton has a highly participatory and internationally renowned Online Ministries website that includes resources and guides on: preparing for Lent, praying for Lent, Lenten audio retreats, cooking for Lent, helping little children in Lent, parish Lenten resources (including newsletters and other materials), online Stations of the Cross, recommended books for Lent and much more.
Creighton also offers opportunities for people to learn about Lent and celebrate the season with the University and around the world. Aside from regularly schedule Masses and prayer groups, there are three other programs this Lenten season.
- “Spirit Plus Luncheon: How Can Lent Help Us,” at presentation on Lent by Mariana Miller, a member of the Campus Ministry team involved in retreats and spiritual formation. Miller is from Argentina and has a great affinity with her countryman, Pope Francis. This talk will be published on the website during Lent.
- “Whispers in the Street,” is a play on the poverty stricken and homeless co-authored by Damian Torres-Botello, nSJ, a Jesuit Novice, working in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice. This play will be performed for the Creighton community during the week that Creighton hosts Project Homeless Connect Omaha, which involves dozens of agencies and hundreds of volunteers in serving more than 500 Omaha homeless in one day. The play will be recorded and posted on the Online Ministries web site.
- Creighton is sponsoring a Lenten reading group, on campus and around the world, with the book, “Mercy in the City.” It is the story a young woman writes about her effort to try to serve the poor during Lent, rather than give up candy and beer. The Collaborative Ministry Office is inviting people from around the world to join in the reading and to send in sharing about their experience of the book and their efforts to try to serve the poor. That sharing will be posted on the Online Ministries site, during Lent.