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

    Mardi Gras Celebration: Tuesday, February 25th at 8:15pm in the Abbey Church. Eucharistic Adoration, Praise & Worship music with a Mardi Gras celebration- of witness talks, food and fellowship to follow in the Lower Church. For more information contact Fr. Stephen Lawson at

    Ash Wednesday: February 26th (Day of Fast and Abstinence) Mass is celebrated at 12 noon and 9 p.m. in the Lady Chapel and at 5 p.m. in the Abbey Church 

    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 at or visit

    Daily Lenten Reflections

    Receive daily reflections from members of the Saint Anselm community. For more information or to Sign up for Lenten email reflections

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

    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’Loughlin at

    Additional Daily Mass

    • Noon on Monday-Wednesday-Friday in Lady Chapel, Lower Abbey Church (see Mass schedule below)

    Rosary: Mondays throughout Lent at 8 p.m.

    Join the Knights of Columbus for a recitation of the Rosary in the Abbey Church.  For more information, contact Fr. Stephen Lawson at

    Adoration: Tuesdays throughout Lent, 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Join us for Eucharistic Adoration in the Abbey Church.  For more information contact Fr. Stephen Lawson at

    Soup and Spirit Lenten Lunches Series 2020: Famous Last Words:

    Fridays throughout Lent, 12:30, What would you say to the world if this was your last chance to talk about your life and the lessons you’ve learned? Based on the last words spoken of Christ at his crucifixion, and his themes of Forgiveness, Family, Longing, and Trust in God, we will in turn reflect on our own “famous last words”.  
    Dates: Feb 28, Mar 13, Mar 20, Mar 27. Jean Student Center, Main Level 12:30-1:15pm. For more information contact Joycelin Raho at

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

    Join the Knights of Columbus for the Stations of the Cross in the Lady Chapel, Lower Church.  For more information, contact Fr. Stephen Lawson at

    Haustus: March 13th Haustus is the German word for “Coffee Break,” and has become a Benedictine Tradition of midday food and conversation. Held on Friday March 13th at 2:30pm 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. For more information, contact Kat O’Loughlin at

    POP Retreats: Saturday March 14th be on team to offer a Confirmation retreat for local high school students. Contact Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B. for more information

    Benedictine Heritage Week: March 15th-21st, (see schedule out soon) For more information contact Susan Gabert at

    Busy Person's Retreat: 10-day retreat with a Benedictine lens March 16-27
    This retreat process is created with the knowledge that schedules are hectic, and it is hard to commit to a night or a weekend away. This model will help you carve out the space in your daily life for God with the hope of utilizing this time of Lent as an opportunity to grow in your faith, and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be part of a Benedictine community such as ours.
    Daily 5-minute meditations will be available via YouTube link or on our college website. If you would like to receive these links via email, please email to sign up.

    Feast of St. Benedict: Saturday, March 21st 11:50 a.m. Mass

    Reconciliation: March 29th- Confessors will be available following the 7 p.m. Mass.

    Office of Tenebrae (modified): March 31, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the Abbey Church

    The Saint Anselm College Choir will lead the Office of Tenebrae (Latin for "shadows" or "darkness") A special form of prayer, originally prayed by the Church on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the service consists of the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayers of the Church.  It is dramatically marked by the extinguishing of the church's lights and of the seven candles placed in a candelabrum in the sanctuary.  In addition to chanted psalms and canticles, choral music will consist of works by Farrant, Thompson, Bruckner, Lassus, Croce, Lotti and Lee.  If you have not experienced this beautiful liturgy before, we invite you to attend and, hopefully, it will become an annual experience for you!

    Peer Minister Retreat: March 25th, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.- centered around the theme of “Filling Up Your Cup” – how to recharge your faith and life – Join your peer ministers for a night of prayer and reflection, open to all classes! Dinner provided. Sign up in the Campus Ministry Office or email Kat O’Loughlin at

    Blessed is She: Women's Retreat: April 8th at 5pm- April 9th at 6pm (Beginning of Easter Break), 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 at by March 27th Retreat fee is $10.

  • 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 (Monday-Wednesday-Friday in 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 February 29-March 7 at 8:30 a.m., except March 6 at 7:30 a.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, March 29th
    • Sundays, 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