From the Campus Minister

Wave of Faith

Approximately once a month during the school year, the Director of Campus Ministry communicates with the “Green Wave” community through his “Wave of Faith” posts on Schoology. These posts are a way to highlight important Campus Ministry events and news, as well as to provide spiritual encouragement to the students. Here are the most recent posts.

From The Campus Minister:

Wave-4-Life Visit Covenant House

After another successful trip, Wave-4-Life Moderator Elizabeth Mainardi reflects on her countless trips over the years to Covenant House...

When you go into the bathrooms at Rights of Passage (Covenant House), often there is no toilet paper. That's because the residents there live on $50 a week on average and want to make sure they have enough to last, so they each keep their own rolls in their rooms.

It's a humbling experience to visit a place that values the things I take for granted on a daily basis. Like toilet paper. Or cleaning supplies. Or a package of Halloween Oreos. Or the fact that when I'm done today, I will come home to a fresh meal and a family who loves me. The stark realization hits me every time I visit—there are kids who do without those things on a daily basis.

Covenant House's Right of Passage is a halfway house for youth ages 18-22. It's a place where a young man or woman can live, free of charge, and learn how to keep a clean house, pay bills, work a full-time job, cook meals, and take control of the life that indisputably dealt them a tough hand. But after 18 months, with the help of staff like Ty Warren, these youth move out into an apartment of their own for the first time, ready to face the world.

A group of 9 Wave-4-Life club members, led by coordinators Brian Gallic '20, Jack Readlinger '20, and Jack Townsend '19, gave up their Sunday morning to sleep in and instead, took a trip to that house today to clean and help out with yard work. After Mass with Fr. Hilary O'Leary OSB blessing the group, the bus left around 9:45 for a 10:30 AM arrival. Armed with donations, Halloween decorations, and treats, the boys got to work pretty quickly—Jack Readlinger and Evan Dolan '22 cleaned kitchens and windows, Brian Gallic mopped floors, and John Kapustka '21 swept the staircases. Jack Townsend, Alex Varughese '20, Dennis Collins '21, Matt Morfogen '21, Colin Sutter '21, Declan Traynor '21, Will Ritter '22, and Andrew Madonna '20 worked under the supervision of faculty member Matt White and club moderator Jesse Mazzola to rip out an old vegetable garden and clear the yard of debris. The plan will be to reseed the bare spot in the yard and plant some flowers when we return in the spring.

I always have the moment of panic when we organize these trips. I worry that not enough students will show up. I worry that they won't see the beauty of serving others in the mops, sponges, and gardening gloves. I worry about the weather, and whether or not there will be enough for us to do. But each and every time, I'm always wrong—each trip goes better than I could have guessed, and our students impress me with their willingness to jump in, to help, to be Christ in a small way to the youth living at Rights of Passage. I leave with a sense of anticipation for our next trip—and my experience is, the students do, too.

"You know, you never read about stories like this in the news," our bus driver Jim remarked on the way home, as the boys ate their lunches of Italian sub sandwiches, rice krispie treats, and pretzels. "The news is so full of garbage. They should be telling stories like this, of kids who care about others and go into Newark to serve. That's what I'd like to read about."

Me too, Jim. I couldn't agree more.

Wave-4-Life Attends Annual March for Life

On Friday, January 19, the Wave-4-Life club made a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 45th annual March for Life with the theme, "Love saves lives." According to their website, "the mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person."

Student club coordinator Finn Gannon '19, along with club moderators Jesse Mazzola and Elizabeth Mainardi, led the trip. Club members Colin Saik '20, Brian Gallic '20, Jeremy Cavuto '20, Dylan Barnacle '18, Carlos Sanzo de la Vega '20, and Derek Lattmann '19 joined the leaders at 6:30 AM at St. Joseph's Church in Mendham for Mass, then the group climbed aboard the bus for the long journey ahead. "I attended the March because I have always wanted to do it, though had never been able to before," says Derek Lattmann. "All life is precious, and I believe that it is essential as not only Delbarton students, but also as Benedictines to advocate for the sanctity of life."

This 45th protest of Roe vs. Wade, the decision that allowed for abortion to be legalized in all stages of pregnancy across America, was historical as it was the first time that a president addressed the crowds gathered live at the rally preceding the march. President Trump appeared via live video feed and reiterated to those gathered that "The March for Life is a movement born out of love. You love your families, you love your neighbors, you love our nation, and you love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God."

After the noon rally, the Wave-4-Life representatives marched up Constitutional Avenue to the Supreme Court and Capitol buildings, joining tens of thousands of others. Signs reaffirmed the value of each and every life from every perspective—religious, scientific, and personal reasons and experiences. "The best part of the march, in my opinion, was getting to the top of the hill and looking back and just seeing the mass of people supporting our cause," said Jeremy Cavuto. "I've never seen so many people gathered in one place."

When the march concluded, the group boarded the bus for the trip home, and they returned to St. Joseph's Church by 10:00 PM that evening. "We believe that the world is a better place with you here in it," said moderator Elizabeth Mainardi. "And it's therefore important that we stand up for every individual's right to life, because each person is a special gift with value that cannot be duplicated."

Check out the gallery below for photos of Wave-4-Life in our nations capital!

The Delbarton Hunger Walk is on Saturday, October 28! All proceeds go to the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains, which helps people move "from hunger to hope." Meet at 10am at the Lower Abbey Field for breakfast and enjoy a beautiful walk through Jockey Holllow. Bring the entire family, including your dogs! The walk will conclude around 12:30pm. There is a $10 registration fee/minimum donation. Yet, we hope you will collect much more! Send the following link to friends and family by text, email, or social media and invite them to donate to this great cause (they should designate "Delbarton Hunger Walk" and list your full name in the dedication section so you get the credit for their donation).

Jesus said, "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink... Just as you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you did it to me" (Matt. 25:35, 40).

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