Dear Member of the Class of 2021:

Welcome to Wesleyan University! On behalf of the Catholic Student Organization (“CSO”) and the broader Catholic community here at Wesleyan, I want to welcome you to campus and invite you to participate in our faith community.

Whether you are an active church-goer, an “A & P Catholic” (Ashes and Palm only), a “fallen away” Catholic, or an “I don’t know who or what I am Catholic,” we are glad you are here. We welcome you if you are homesick, filthy rich, dirt poor, LGBTQ, “it’s complicated,” or no hablo Ingles. There is a place for you here if you are a fan of the Yankees, Giants, Rangers, the awful Knicks, or any other sports team in the country. We welcome you if you sing like Lady Gaga or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You are welcome here if you’re just browsing, just got bored, just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don’t care if it is your first time in church since Aunt Bee’s funeral or whether you’ve been to church more times than the Pope. If you are looking for a fresh start, a fresh cup of coffee, or a hug from a new friend, there is a place for you here. We are glad to see those who are inked, pierced, or both, those who could use a prayer right now, and those who wound up here by mistake (No, this is not Wellesley!). We welcome seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts and jaded cynics, the lost, and found… and YOU! You are most welcome to join our community of students, faculty, and staff who seek to grow intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually.

I am sure that your excitement about starting college is mixed with some anxiety and, perhaps, a few “butterflies.” You are not alone! Although I have worked as a priest, attorney, college professor, and campus minister for many years, I, too, am somewhat anxious, but very excited, about the start of another academic year. The CSO, the Catholic community, and I are here to help. In addition to providing opportunities for prayer and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, we engage in a number of lively events and service projects that are both fun and fulfilling. This is all done in a friendly, non-threatening, supportive environment designed to assist you, no matter who you are, in becoming the best possible person you were called by God to be.

I invite you to join me, your classmates, and friends from CSO and the Catholic community for Sunday brunch on September 3rd at 10:00 A.M. in Allbritton 311 and for the celebration of the opening Mass later that evening in Memorial Chapel at 8:00 P.M. This will be a great opportunity for us to meet, get the “butterflies” in formation, celebrate both food and faith, and make new friends. I hope to see you there. If you cannot make it, please do not hesitate to join us throughout the year or stop by my office (“the Upper Room”) to chat, watch TV, or “hang out” for a while. There are a lot of good reasons to do so. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-raushenbush/7-reasons-to-hang-out-with-your-college-chaplain_b_8039056.html

Remember, we are here for YOU!

With best wishes and blessings,

“Father Bill”

Rev. William J. Wallace, O.S.A., J.D.
University Catholic Chaplain
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Wesleyan University
169 High Street, Room 205
Middletown, CT 06459-3217
(860) 685-2285
wwallace@wesleyan.edu

Drop-in Hours:
Monday: 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
and 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Tuesday: 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Thursday: 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
and 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Or by appointment.

Ubi Caritas, Deus Ibi Est. Where charity and love prevails there God is ever found.
-Ancient Hymn

Let us leave the surface, and, without leaving the world, plunge into God.
-Teilhard de Chardin

Give your bread to the poor in such a way that they will not hate you for it.
Vincent de Paul