A blessing of dorm rooms? What’s that about...? Last year, the Saint Benedict Forum organized the first-ever blessing of dorm rooms on the campus of Hope College. The event was such a hit that it was brought back again this year. This year’s blessing of dorm rooms took place during the second week of school once students had time to settle in . . . and to give them an excuse to do some possibly needed housekeeping.
Advent is a time to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. On Saturday, December 6, the Saint Benedict Forum hosted a retreat to help all of us get ready for Christmas. Students and parishioners enjoyed an abundant breakfast spread before listening to a beautiful talk by Dr. Jack Mulder on the meaning of waiting, suffering, and adoption. Dr. Jared Ortiz also offered a reflection on what Advent and Christmas might look like through the eyes of Mary. After each talk, students and parishioners shared personal thoughts and experiences on the themes of the talks.
There was a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament during which two priests were available for confession. The retreat ended with Mass.