Let us be numbered among those who stay awake, living at the ready, saying “yes” to all of the invitations of grace given to us during this wonderful season of Advent.

On Sunday, November 28 we begin the Advent Season. What is Advent? The word advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning coming or arrival. In the Church’s liturgical calendar, Advent is the season of hope in which we prepare to celebrate the commemoration of the first coming of Jesus Christ and look forward to his Second Coming. 

While these two perspectives constitute the Church’s official understanding of the season, Advent suggests yet a third coming, one by which the season becomes more than just a time of year, and the liturgy more than mere ceremony: it is the coming of Christ within us. During Advent, the Incarnation should become a personal experience of Christ growing within us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us signs of the attention he has for each one of us. How often does God give us a glimpse of his love!

— Pope Benedict XVI

During this season our society tells us to hurry - get this bargain - shop here - so many shopping days until Christmas. Our faith invites us to slow down - to wait - to prepare. Such contradictions! In order to assist us a little in the slowing down process, Campus Ministry offers Advent Reflections. This will provide you with a time to stop, to read and to reflect a bit on the message of the Advent season.

Learn more about the Advent season →

Advent Programs and Services

Campus Ministry in conjunction with the college offers a variety of programs and services during Advent. Due to the early end of the semester, of our Advent programming will be virtual. Follow us on Instagram @stacampusministry to stay updated on our programming and videos.

Advent Reflections

Members of the Anselmian community have written daily reflections throughout Advent. A simple reminder to slow down, reflect, and prepare for this Holy season. Reflections are written by faculty, staff, monks, students, and alumni.


Christmas Giving Tree

To benefit Ascentria Foster Care Alliance and Waypoint. For more information please contact: Joycelin Raho at or 603-641-7170



Performance of songs of the Advent and Christmas Seasons by the Saint Anselm College Choir.


Christmas Tree and Manger Blessing

Traditional Blessing of Manger Scene and Christmas tree in front of the Jean Student Center with Christmas Carols. For more information: Fr. Francis at


Advent Prayer Cards, Christmas Cards and Books

Advent Prayer Cards, Christmas Cards and Books are available for purchase in Campus Ministry Office in the Jean Student Center.


* Visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website for additional resources for Advent and Christmas.