Alumni Return for Homecoming 2017

October 20, 2017

By Jonathan Burkart '18

On October 13 – 15, Anselmians from near and far returned to the Hilltop, some for the first time since graduation, for Homecoming Weekend 2017. From cheering on the Hawks in Grappone Stadium to celebrating the ordination of alumnus Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B. ’08, alumni enjoyed the traditional fall weekend.

To kick off Homecoming this year, Alumni Relations introduced Spirit Day, a new social media campaign in which students and alumni to wear ‘school pride’ items and post pictures online. Patrice Russell ’93, assistant vice president for alumni relations, said the inaugural Spirit Day on October 13 was successful and "hopefully will become a tradition that brings the whole Saint Anselm community together in a fun way."

All weekend alumni young and old reminisced and visited their old residence halls and favorite spots on campus. On Friday evening, the women’s field hockey team posted their 13th season win against Bentley, ranking them third in NCAA Division II.

Saturday events included ice skating in Sullivan Arena, a petting zoo and pony rides under the tent, and tailgating in the picnic area. On the field, the football team battled Assumption, recording a loss in front of a stadium packed with 1,265 fans.

On Saturday morning, an estimated 200 alumni, family, friends, students and staff gathered in the Abbey Church for the ordination of Fr. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B. ’08. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, officiated the ceremony and welcomed Fr. Stephen into the priesthood. Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., presented Fr. Stephen to the bishop and invested him with the priestly stole and chasuble.

“Being ordained a priest is the culmination of years of work, with many ups and downs. I am excited to begin exercising the sacraments for the Saint Anselm community,” said Fr. Stephen.

Multicultural Day 2017In addition, the college celebrated Multicultural Day on the Campus Green with food, entertainment and activities from around the world. Sponsored by the Multicultural Center, the event encompasses representatives from various countries presented their cultural heritage while offering tasty traditional dishes for participants to sample. Multicultural Center Director Wayne Currie described the event as a “huge success.”

“It was great to see all the faculty, staff, students, alumni and their kids dancing. The events would not have been successful without the assistance of the many students who cooked and provided information about their respective countries,” he said.

The weekend concluded with Mass in the Abbey Church on Sunday, celebrated by Fr. Stephen. After the Mass, Fr. Stephen and the Liturgy Engagement Committee hosted a fellowship event in Campus Ministry, where Fr. Stephen individually blessed all who attended.