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Attend Mass for the Release of Pope Francis’ Encyclical

On Thursday, June 18 at 12:05 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel, the Office of Campus Ministry will offer a Mass to pray in solidarity with the Holy Father for the care of the environment as his new encyclical “Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home” is released. Rev. Michael Tunney, S.J., director of mission and identity, will be our presider.

Please come and join us for a brief celebration of the Holy Father’s invitation to all of us to respond to the reality of climate change with actions grounded in love.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, campus ministry

Serve the Homeless with Campus Ministry and the Burrito Project

Faculty, staff and their family members are invited to join the Office of campus ministry and the Buffalo Burrito Project on Tuesday, June 23 and Tuesday, July 28.

The Burrito Project provides home-made burritos to the poor and homeless population in downtown Buffalo. This outreach ministry serves some of God’s most vulnerable and forgotten children.

Terri L. Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, center, prepares burritos with former students Jeff Amplement '12, and Jack Craig '12.

Burritos will be prepared in our kitchen, located in the Undercroft of Christ the King Chapel, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

From 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., the group will walk a four-mile route and serve about 80 burritos, snacks and cold drinks. (A campus ministry van follows the team as we walk).

You may choose to help prepare the burritos, prepare and serve or just serve. Most people do both.

To sign-up, simply email Joe Van Volkenburg at Please include name, email and cell number. Thank you for your consideration.

Submitted by: Joe Van Volkenburg, assistant to the director, campus ministry

Welcome the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference

Canisius College welcomes “Be the Light,” the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) from Wednesday, June 24 to Sunday, June 28. More than 300 students from all 28 Jesuit universities in the United States, as well as St. John’s College in Belize, will be on campus participating in leadership sessions, networking activities, small group discussions, a day of service and social events.

NJSLC is designed for student leaders to develop ideas, explore student issues and to build stronger leadership skills to better serve their colleges and universities in the Jesuit tradition. The conference gives students a unique opportunity to learn about their specific leadership positions and meet students from across the country who have similar positions. It allows students to bond not only with their leadership team from their university, but also to meet and get to know hundreds of other students.

During their free time, participants will visit downtown Buffalo or Niagara Falls.  Attractions will include the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, the famous Anchor Bar, Canalside and more.  While in Niagara Falls, participants will visit the Cave of the Winds and the Maid of the Mist among other sites on the Canadian side. Attendees will also hear from keynote speakers Teresa M. Amabile, ’72, HON ’97, PhD, Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration, Director of Research, Harvard Business School and Rev. Brian Konzman, S.J., managing editor of The Jesuit Post.

A different Jesuit university hosts the conference every summer. Each school picks an over-arching theme and designs the entire conference. Canisius was awarded the bid to host NJSLC in summer 2015 with the theme “Be the Light.” The theme, originally submitted by Anthony Kroese ’14, Anne Continetti ’14 and Alex Valvo ’16 (current conference experience co-chair), plays off of a quote by Miep Gies, one of the Dutch citizens who helped hide Anne Frank and her family during World War II. “But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room.”  The conference hopes attendees will become the light in a “dark room” and show others how to be the light as well.  The ultimate goal is to proudly promote leadership on campus and to excel in our goals because it is the right thing to do, not for the awards; to simply be men and women for others.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Schedule an Appointment with a TIAA-CREF Representative

Anne Anderson, individual consultant for TIAA-CREF, will be on campus, Thursday, June 25 in Old Main room 104 for individual counseling sessions. She will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review options to help employees meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA-CREF Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Read About SURF: Social Skills for Students with Autism

This past year, Dr. Lauren Cavanaugh and occupational therapists from Associated Physical and Occupational Therapists implemented a social skill program entitled: SURF Social Skills to students on the autism spectrum at two separate locations.

Students at school #80 following the beach games as they look through beach buckets filled with prizes.

This was the third year this social skills curriculum was implemented at Highgate Heights (school #80) in Buffalo and the first year at Autism Services Inc. Following the completion of the curriculum, students were rewarded with a SURF party which included beach-themed games, prizes, pizza, cake and beach bucket signing.

Submitted by: Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor, Kinesiology Department