Faith and Spiritual Life
Spiritually, we seek to be a safe haven for our students, a place where they can have the freedom to explore and practice their Catholic faith. We introduce students to the fullness of Catholicism through RCIA and various prayer and worship experiences.
Prayer and Worship
In addition to offering daily mass and frequent confession, Aquinas House provides numerous opportunities for prayer and devotion. On Monday mornings, AQ students meet in Rollins Chapel to read from the Magnificat, a monthly liturgical prayer book. On Thursday evenings, students gather for Eucharistic adoration and Benediction. This is a chance for quiet contemplation in the presence of the Lord. Mass is then celebrated at 9:30 PM, followed by a social soiree.
The Vox Christi “Voice of Christ” Retreat, held in spring term, is a chance for the Aquinas House community to come together away from the pressures of campus. Held at the nearby Singing Hills Retreat Center, the retreat is a time of spiritual reflection as well as community building. Students plan and lead the retreat, giving talks and facilitating discussion in small groups.
AQ servant leaders also host a retreat for first year students during fall term. This provides a chance for the members of the new class to become better acquainted with each other and to discuss how they can incorporate faith into daily life. In addition, AQ occasionally holds informal study retreats to give interested students a chance to leave Dartmouth behind for some rest and reflection. These trips are usually held at nearby DOC cabins.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is held each year for students wishing to prepare for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) of the Catholic Church. The program starts in fall term and runs through the spring. The AQ chaplain instructs participants in the basic tenets of the faith and serves as a mentor throughout their spiritual journey. The culmination of this process is the Easter Vigil Mass when the participants become full members of the Catholic Church.