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Invitation to Accompany Students on Service-Learning Immersion

Campus Ministry would like to invite faculty or staff to accompany students in a service-learning immersion experience to the U.S./Mexico Border this May.

This annual experience partners with the Kino Border Initiative and offers participants an opportunity to spend time with migrants and asylum seekers, learn from their stories, and understand the broader context of the border situation and migration. 

The faculty/staff role would involve being a chaperone for the student group, driving a rental van in Arizona, and being a full participant in activities and reflections during the week. The group will fly from the Buffalo airport to Tucson, AZ on the morning of Saturday May 18, and return to Buffalo by evening on Friday May 24. The group will spend time on both the U.S. side and Mexico side of the border, so a valid passport is required for this experience. Any Spanish language skills are a benefit but not required. 

Please reach out to Spencer Liechty, director of Campus Ministry, by February 20 to express interest or for any questions.

Submitted by: Spencer Liechty, Director of Campus Ministry

All Saints/All Souls Day

All are invited to join in celebrating All Saints and All Souls Day this week.

For All Saints Day on Wednesday November 1, there will be Masses offered in Christ the King Chapel at 12:05 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Prior to the 5:15 p.m. Mass, there will be a special choral prelude by Cantio Sacra, in honor of the Tops victims, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

On Thursday November 2, Masses will be offered at 12:05 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in celebration of All Souls Day. The 7:00 p.m. Mass will have a special ribbon memorial and candle lighting ceremony.

Submitted by: Spencer Liechty, Director of Campus Ministry

Peace Pole on Campus

A Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family for peace on Earth. There are an estimated quarter-million Peace Poles across the world, each bearing the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages.

On Tuesday, October 17, the Peace Pole at Canisius University will be placed outside of Christ the King Chapel, as a way to encourage our campus to pray for peace and non-violence in our world.

All are welcome to join for this very brief ceremony which will take place after Tuesday’s 12:00 noon Mass (around 12:30 p.m.).

Submitted by: Spencer Liechty, Director of Campus Ministry

Service-Learning Immersion Opportunity

The Office of Campus Ministry is seeking a faculty/staff member to accompany a group of Canisius undergrad and graduate students to Wheeling, West Virginia for the annual winter break service-learning immersion trip. The theme of the experience is focused on food justice. The group will partner with Grow Ohio Valley and spend time working in their urban farm and garden.

Learn more about the partner organization here:

The faculty/staff member will be requested to drive one of the mini-vans from Buffalo to Wheeling and be an active participant during the week. The group will depart Buffalo on Saturday January 6 and return on Friday January 12.

Please contact Spencer Liechty ( if you are interested or have any questions by Monday October 23.

Submitted by: Spencer Liechty, Director of Campus Ministry

Kairos Retreat Fall 2023

Campus Ministry is inviting faculty and staff members to participate in the Kairos Retreat this semester. The Kairos Retreat is taking place November 10-12 beginning late-afternoon Friday until mid-afternoon Sunday.

Participants need to commit to being present for the duration of the two-night, overnight experience at Cradle Beach Retreat Center, present a retreat talk from assigned topics, and fully participate in a small group with students during the course of the weekend.

No prior retreat experience is necessary. We are looking for faculty and staff who are willing to be vulnerable and share deeply, personally, and appropriately with students as well as receive and listen to the sharing of others and provide a supportive presence during the course of the weekend. Preference is given to those who have not attended the retreat before. 

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Spencer Liechty at with the following information as soon as possible:

  • Name, role at the college
  • Kairos experience: if you have attended or led before, if so what year?
  • Any questions you have 

Even if you are not able to personally participate, we would appreciate you encouraging students to sign up to attend the retreat. Students can sign up using the link here.

Thank you for your support of this meaningful Canisius tradition!

Submitted by: Spencer Liechty, director, Campus Ministry