Saint Anselm College Campus Ministry
Unless we combine prayer with almsgiving, in giving to the least of God’s children, and fasting in order that we may help feed the hungry, and penance in recognition of our share in the guilt, our prayer may become empty words.

~ Servant of God Dorothy Day

Lenten Resources

  • Lent & Easter Programs and Events

    Days of Fast and Abstinence: Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent.  Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

    Operation Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international humanitarian aid agency of the Catholic Community in the U.S.  Seventy-five percent of your gifts fund development and education projects overseas and twenty-five percent remains here in New Hampshire to support local hunger and poverty alleviation efforts.  Rice Bowls available in Abbey Church and Campus Ministry.  For more information contact Kat O’Loughlin or visit

    Daily Lenten Reflections 

    Receive daily reflections from members of the Saint Anselm community. For more information contact Elisabeth Pope. Contact Campus Ministry to sign up for Lenten email reflections.

    Purchase Lent and Easter books and greeting cards Campus Ministry, Jean Student Center. 

    Ash Wednesday: March 6, (Day of Fast and Abstinence) 

    Mass is celebrated at 8:30 a.m. in the Abbey Church and at 12 p.m. in the Lady Chapel.

    CAMPUS Renew offers students the opportunity to form small peer-led faith sharing groups.  Campus RENEW groups meet for an hour each week for Scripture reflection, discussion and prayer. For more information contact Kat O’Loughli.

    Corporal Works of Mercy Programs: For more information contact Kat O’Loughlin.

    Drink to the Thirsty/Food to the Hungry: March 16 at 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., (NH Food Bank): Inner City Food Drop-Offs with Peer Ministers Julia and Kendall; 5-10 people

    Visit the Sick: March 21 at 4 p.m., (Caring Cupboard): With Peer Minister Sam; 5 people

    Shelter the Homeless: April 6 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., (Lazarus House): With Peer Minister Tim; 10 people 

    Clothe the Naked: April 8 at 5:15 p.m., (Lazarus House): With Peer Minister Maggie; 5 people

    Visit the Imprisoned:  TBD - (Dismas House): With Peer Minister Sarah

    Soup and Spirit Lenten Lunches: Wednesdays throughout Lent at 12:30 p.m. Join us as members of our community to share stories about going “Into the Wilderness” in their lives while also sharing a simple soup lunch. Soup is provided. Jean Student Center, Main Level at 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Contact Joycelin Raho for more information.

    Adoration: Wednesdays throughout Lent, 9:45 p.m. – 10:15 p.m., Join us for adoration following the 9 p.m. Wednesday mass in the Lady Chapel, Lower Church. 

    Stations of the Cross:  Fridays throughout Lent at 12:30 p.m., 

    Join the Knights of Columbus for the Stations of the Cross in the Abbey Church.  

    Busy Person’s Retreat: March 15 – 29, Participate in a self-guided retreat to become more intentional during the Lenten Season. The retreat follows the Benedictine Hallmarks and incorporates Benedictine tradition into personal reflection. To sign up email Campus Ministry. The Retreat Kick-Off will be March 15 after the 12 p.m, Mass. For more information contact Joycelin Raho

    POP Retreats: Saturday, March 16 and April 6 be on team to offer a confirmation retreat for local high school students. Contact Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B. for more information.

    History of St. Patrick: March 17 at 8 p.m., Join Fr. Patrick on St. Patrick’s Day for a history of St. Patrick following Sunday night Mass in the Lower Church. Contact Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B. for more information.

    Benedictine Heritage Week:  March 18 – 22, (see schedule out soon) For more information contact Susan Gabert.

    Feast of St. Benedict:  March 21 at 10:30 a.m. Mass (Modified Class Schedule) 

    Encounter Retreat – Evening of Prayer and Reflection, March 21 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Lower ChurchContact Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B. for more information. 

    Haustus: Seeking a Purpose Driven Life: March 22nd and April 5th, Haustus is the German word for “Coffee Break,” and has become a Benedictine Tradition of midday food and conversation. Held on Fridays March 22 and April 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the Pub, Faculty, Staff, and Students are welcome to join to hear special guests talk about how they journeyed to find meaning in their lives. Contact Fr. Mathias for more information. 

    Alumni Day of Reflection: March 23 9:30 a.m. – 3:30, p.m., Located in the Lower Church. For more information or to register by phone, please call the Alumni Relations Office at 1-888-444-1889.

    Spring Concert in the Abbey Church:  March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

    Reconciliation: April 7. Confessors will be available following the 7 p.m. Mass.

    Peer Minister Retreat: April 3, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. – April 18 at 6 p.mCentered around the theme of “Finding God in the Chaos" Join your peer ministers for a night of prayer and reflection, open to all classes! Dinner provided. 

    Blessed is She: Women’s Retreat: April 17 at 5 p.m. – April 18 at 6 p.m., A 24-hour retreat is an invitation to all women to refresh your spirit, love your faith, and change the world. A perfect lead into Easter. To register, email Joycelin Raho by March 27th. Retreat fee is $15.

  • Lent and Easter Mass and Prayer Schedule

    Daily Mass Schedule (while the College is in session)

    • Sundays - 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Weekdays – Noon (Lady Chapel, Lower Church) and 5:15 p.m. (Choir Stalls) 
    • Wednesday Night Student Mass - 9 p.m. in Lady Chapel, Lower Church
    • Saturday - 11:50 a.m.

    Daily Mass: March 2 - 10 at 8:30 a.m.

    Sunday March 10: Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

    Daily Sacrament of Reconciliation, “Confessions” Schedule (when the College is in session) Abbey Church, lower level

    • Special opportunity for Confession immediately following Sunday night Mass.
    • Sunday, 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Liturgy of the Hours (when the College is in session) Abbey Church

    The college community is welcome to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours with the Benedictine Monks of Saint Anselm Abbey.  Please arrive a little early and a monk will assist you with seating and orientating you with the prayer book. Seating is in the choir section behind the main altar.


    Morning Prayer Lauds 7:10 a.m.

    Daytime Prayer Terce 8:30 a.m.

    Evening Prayer Vespers 5:30 p.m.

    Monday through Friday

    Morning Prayer Vigils & Lauds 6:00 a.m.

    Daytime Prayer Sext 12:00 p.m.

    Evening Prayer Vespers 7:05 p.m.


    Morning Prayer Vigils & Lauds 6:00 a.m.

    Evening Prayer Vespers 5:35 p.m.

    Office of Readings Vigils 7:30 p.m.

    The Abbey Church is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for prayer and reflection.  The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the chapel to the right of the sanctuary.

    For additional resources for Lent resources, see