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A week ago, we came together for the first time, meeting at the airport in Toulouse, France. Coming from different Dominican colleges, we shared a common foundation before the journey, our heritage rooted in the values first articulated by St. Dominic 800 years ago. Over the course of the past week, I am sure I speak for my fellow “pilgrims” when I suggest we now share a deepened appreciation and passion for those values that bring the Dominican charism to life on our respective campuses. I plan to write a concluding post in the next day or so, in which I’ll attempt to summarize my experiences from this journey to France and to engage in the history of the Dominican order. For now, I’ll focus on the wonderful final day we’ve just shared.

日本一本道a不卡免费We traveled two hours southeast to the Mediterranean . Collioure is, quite simply, beautiful. Today, the village is in many ways a testament to the brilliant colors portrayed in the Fauvism movement in art, notably canvas paintings; perhaps most famous among its artists have been Derain and Matisse. Admittedly, my appreciation is nowhere near expert level. What I will argue, however, is the setting in Collioure is without question inspiring of art and beauty, and I can understand why the artists felt a calling to portray the coastal village in bright and bold colors. The natural setting of the harbor along with the appealing architecture call for artistic appreciation.

The harbor is surrounded by the waning hills of the Pyrenees, complete with terraced vineyards and the traditional tile-roofed, hues of pink and peach, Spanish-Mediterranean architecture influenced buildings that flow down to water’s edge, with “Chateau Royal de Collioure” castle dating back to the 7th century on one side and “Chapelle Saint-Vincent,” and the “Eglise Notre Dame des Anges” church all sheltering the opposite side.

日本一本道a不卡免费After arriving, we walked down to the harbor front and immediately noticed the French naval military training that was occurring; we were told the soldiers were the equivalent of U.S. Navy

Seals, and based on their in-water survival tactic practice we observed, I have no reason to doubt that comparison. We then boarded “Rouissillon II” boat for a harbor tour. Stemming from the aforementioned rain and accompanying breezes, the harbor was less than calm, as our time on the boat was more like a roller coaster ride than a harbor cruise. Nonetheless, the wave swells added to the sense of adventure, and for about an hour we toured in and out of the adjacent harbor villages, observing a famous pink granite light house that is reputed to be visible for up to 50 miles, and harbors where one contains the last remaining monument in France to the ill-fated Louis XVI and another with spectacular caves worn into the cliffs that come down to meet the sea. The cruise was a wild but wonderful treat.

The remainder of our time in Collioure was left for us to explore the seaside village. I began by enjoying a tasty lunch of the harbor’s famous . I attribute my less than mainstream enjoyment of anchovies to my father’s Portuguese heritage and seafood love, both of which I inherited. After lunch, I joined the group in walking over to the Eglise and Chapelle I mentioned earlier, and while each was moving to see up close, what struck me as I walked around the harbor front were the numerous empty “picture frames” cast in iron and mounted in vantage points around the harbor; when one looks through the frames, they offer the views that famous Fauvism artists have painted. It is easy to understand why Collioure was and remains a source of inspiration for artists.

日本一本道a不卡免费Late in the afternoon, we boarded the bus to make the two-hour trip back to Quillan. We’ve just arrived, and I have some time before our final group dinner, which is why I’ve written now versus later. In my final post, I’ll offer reflections on the dinner and the overall pilgrimage experience.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France, with other Dominican college presidents. Fanjeaux is the area where, eight centuries ago, the Dominican Order was founded by Dominic de Guzmán, or St. Dominic as he is known today. This pilgrimage is a unique opportunity to visit and experience a number of the historical sites where St. Dominic spent considerable time leading up to and after the founding of the Order.

Today our journey returned to a more normal agenda, journeying to visit a village and abbey, both of which date back to the medieval ages. To reach the village of Lagrasse, we had to first drive north through the area of Carcassonne, which was one of the areas most impacted by the flash flooding. The scenes of devastation we observed were jarring and heartbreaking. While the waters have receded, what has been left in their place clearly has reshaped landscapes and damaged so many lives. We spent this day in and out of rain, at times heavy; we did not experience any flooding again, but the memories are so fresh one couldn’t help but be concerned. We’re hopeful for sunshine tomorrow.

Our bus driver, Bruno, whom everyone has enjoyed as a companion during our pilgrimage, put all of his driving skills and geographical knowledge to the test. To reach the village of Lagrasse, Bruno had to follow a number of detours due to road closures, and we received an additional gift of seeing the most rural and beautiful landscapes as he wound his way through hills and valleys on roads better fit for farm tractors than small buses. As he’s done throughout, Bruno came through and . Lagrasse is a rural village of about 600 residents, and the village’s origins date back to the 8th century, when “L’Abbaye de Lagrasse” was chartered in 789 A regret for the day was due to the delayed arrival and rains, as we were not able to visit the abbey, which I suspect would have been wonderful. Perhaps another time.

As for the village of Lagrasse, its origins coincide with those of the abbey, and as we walked through its intimate streets, it was easy to let the imagination take over. In addition to its small homes, the village contains many markets. Unfortunately, on this rain soaked day in mid-October, which is the beginning of the “off-season” for tourists, most of the markets and artisans were not open. Nonetheless, we walked into the center of the village and stepped out of the rain under the shelter of the open-walled, “The Hall,” dating to the early 1300s and today where the locals gather to sell their goods throughout the year. When the rain eased, we made our way to Lagrasse’s famous “donkey” bridge, spanning the Orbieu river. Also dating to early 1300, the stone bridge offers wonderful views of the village and the abbey in the distance. Walking onto and across the bridge was a moving experience.

日本一本道a不卡免费Our time in Lagrasse concluded with lunch at the Hostellerie des Corbieres. This was a special experience, as it is the place where each summer the faculty, staff, and students from our Dominican colleges gather for a . The food and atmosphere were simply a joy. Delicious. The warmth of the owners, chef and hostess, was palpable, and their young daughters’ brought smiles to everyone.

From Lagrasse, we made the drive to . The abbey was originally chartered in the late 11th century, initially for Benedictine and then soon thereafter Cistercian monks, with construction beginning in early 12th century. It is without question a most beautiful and spiritual place to visit. Sitting on nearly 5,000 acres, the abbey buildings are sprawling. Most of the original buildings, Romanesque in style and reflective of the austerity of the Cistercian monks, date to the 12th and 13th centuries, including the church, cloister, and the chapter house, with the cloister vault, dormitories, and most remaining buildings being of the Gothic architecture style. that struck much of Europe took its toll on the abbey and monks in the mid-late 14th century, and the number of monks at the abbey went from a reputed 200 plus at one time to less than 30 survivors after the plague. In the years that followed, throughout the 15th century through pre-French revolutionary war in the late 18th century, the monks at the abbey grew in number, but their way of life evolved, moving far from Cistercian austerity to include eating meat, chocolate, and supposedly, playing billiards. The French Revolution, which prohibited monastic life, in effect closed the abbey until 12 Senanque monks reoccupied the abbey in 1848, remaining there until the French separation of church and state in the early 20th century. The abbey was privately purchased thereafter, and it remains today within the family heirs as an historical site for visitors.

We walked through the grounds and buildings of the abbey, again as a group sharing the experience. While in the abbey’s church, beautiful and dark, nearly seven stories high, we again were called to sing the Dominican blessing. The sound of our voices in that historic, spiritual place was yet another moment of a deep feeling of presence and awareness of our Catholic, Dominican heritage.

Tomorrow is our final full day together. We are going to drive south to the Mediterranean seaside village of Collioure. Like every moment of this journey, that experience too will be a first for me. I look forward to seeing a new town and sea, but I already am finding it hard to believe our journey is nearing completion.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France, with other Dominican college presidents. Fanjeaux is the area where, eight centuries ago, the Dominican Order was founded by Dominic de Guzmán, or St. Dominic as he is known today. This pilgrimage is a unique opportunity to visit and experience a number of the historical sites where St. Dominic spent considerable time leading up to and after the founding of the Order.

This will be a double entry, as I am sitting to write this blog on Monday evening, the 15th. Yesterday, the 14th, we had a wonderful Sunday, beginning with Mass and then a trip to walk through a cave with wall paintings dating back more than 13,000 years.

日本一本道a不卡免费After the long bus trip back to the hotel, I decided I’d get up early this morning to write. Those plans were interrupted by the hotel’s fire alarms going off, alerting us to impending flash flooding. Twelve hours later, we’ve checked in to a new hotel in . So now I write, in reverse order.

This morning at approximately 6:15 a.m., we were shaken by the sound of the hotel’s fire alarms. They had been sounded to wake us and alert us to impending flash flooding. Overnight, more than 10 inches of rain poured down, the equivalent of more than 4 months in the area, and where we were staying in Couiza, The Aude and The La Sals rivers meet. The Chateau des Ducs Joyeuse hotel sits on the banks of The Aude, and when we descended from our rooms to walk across the courtyard, there already was about a foot of water. We were rushed out and told to gather in the center of town at a Café Saint Anne where we’d be safe.

On our way there, we crossed La Sals river, and it was apparent even in the dark the waters were raging, preparing to flood. As daylight broke about an hour or so later, the flooding was in full force, as the pictures will show. Our pilgrimage group prayed together for our hosts back at The Chateau and for all those impacted by the floods. We’ve since learned at least 6 deaths have occurred and the flooding in the area is the worst since 1892. We found out the flood at the Chateau had reached nearly 4 feet in the courtyard and that we’d be able to return late afternoon to gather our belongings to check out and into another hotel. Thus, we now find ourselves in Quillan. Our day’s planned agenda, a visit to Vals and Mirepoix, did not occur. We may still be able to fit those in as our days here wind down. Yet as I reflect on what we experienced today, we were indeed blessed by our safety and our time shared over lunch and now in a new village we would not otherwise have been able to experience. We took a short walk through Quillan this afternoon, and it has wonderfully small and intimate streets, with shops, cafes and restaurants mixed in among the village’s homes. The ruins of sit high above the village, and a walk to see them offered wonderful views of the town. Yes, many blessings considering how the morning began.

As for yesterday, our Sunday began with an intimate mass at the Chateau des Ducs Joyeuse, in a small chamber called the Cave, celebrated by Fr. Silly. A day later, the meaning of that mass in that space has become even more significant. After Mass and lunch, we left for the hour and a . The Niaux Cave contains more than 8.5 miles of passages and chambers, some of which contain wall paintings scientifically confirmed through radiocarbon dating to be more than 14,000 years old, placing them in the Magdalenian period, 12,000 BC. Our group toured the cave together, each of us receiving a flash light but not being allowed to bring phones or cameras; the tours also are limited in size and duration, to limit the potential damage to the cave’s drawings from human presence, breathing, etc. Our tour was limited to a fraction of the cave’s total distance and chambers, culminating with our guide illuminating the prehistoric drawings on the walls in the Salon Noir, a huge chamber that in addition to containing the drawings, also is acoustically spectacular. While in the Salon, Fr. Silly sang a traditional French Christmas song in his beautiful voice, and our group along with the other 15 or so spelunkers, were treated to an amazing musical experience. As for the drawings, they were incredible. You can see some of the drawings and you will likely be as amazed as were we with their detail.

日本一本道a不卡免费The drawings of bison, horses, deer, and ibex are very detailed. The researchers have concluded based on excavations that the Magdalenian people came to the cave to paint, not to live or make sacrifices, etc. In addition to the section of the Cave we explored, there are numerous other chambers, some of which contain even more compelling and confounding art, such as footsteps of children appearing to have been intentionally imprinted in likely a soft clay like surface at the time, and a painting of a weasel, which is extremely rare in comparison to the normal animal subjects. The Niaux Cave paintings were first deemed to be prehistoric in 1906, but scientists have confirmed the caves have been visited by modern man since at least 1602, based on graffiti left and dated to that period. The caves have an abundance of graffiti from the 1600s-1800s time period, a somewhat vexing connection to our modern world. The walk through the Niaux Cave’s tight entrances and utter darkness was awe inspiring. The past nearly 48 hours have been full of emotions, awe, anxiety, gratitude… I am so grateful to be on this pilgrimage and cannot wait until tomorrow.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France, with other Dominican college presidents. Fanjeaux is the area where, eight centuries ago, the Dominican Order was founded by Dominic de Guzmán, or St. Dominic as he is known today. This pilgrimage is a unique opportunity to visit and experience a number of the historical sites where St. Dominic spent considerable time leading up to and after the founding of the Order.

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We began by visiting “La Basilique Saint-Sernin,” the largest and built in the late 11th / early 12th centuries. The church is named for Saint Sernin, the first Bishop of Toulouse from mid 3rd century. We learned about in a narrative provided by Dr. Mary Haymann. I’ll take the opportunity here to praise Mary and her husband, Dr. Francois Haymann, both of whom have served as our hosts and France experts while on the pilgrimage. The Haymanns also serve as hosts for the summer program, along with Trudi Goggin from Dominican University in IL. Trudi, along with her former Dominican University campus ministry colleague Sue Kaszynski oversee the programming and agenda for the summer program and coupled with the Haymanns have been amazing in their knowledge and helping bring our pilgrimage into the context of our Dominican heritage and the work we do on our respective campuses.


日本一本道a不卡免费Certainly La Basilique Saint-Sernin is beautiful and massive. Also very powerful to experience was its Crypt, outside of Rome, the largest collection of holy relics in Europe, including those of Saint Sernin. Also in the ambulatory of the , including “Christ in Majesty,” which is one of the earliest depictions of Christ, in which he is portrayed as a young man, no beard, heavier set, hair parted in the middle, with more Roman or Greek features than we typically see. As we walked through the Crypt, again I experienced a sense of presence and awareness.


We then visited Les Jacobins, the Church of the Dominicans, and were blessed to have Fr. Silly join us to offer great insights and perspectives about the historical church; the Dominican Order when it was first formed and recognized was referred to as Jacobins, which comes from the location of their first convent in . Dating back to 1230, the church was initially half its current height and size, built to reflect St. Dominic’s desires regarding a life and vow of poverty and simplicity. The church went through expansion to its current size in the 1300s, and that structure still remains, baring elements of its original beauty in limestone and brick that appears to have been painted in soft pastel hues of pink, green, yellow and tan. Its stained glass windows capture the sun’s rays and illuminate the walls inside with brilliant rainbow colors. After the French revolution and the Dominican order being banned, Napoleon took over the church and turned it into military barracks, adding floors to create two stories with the upper for dormitories and the lower level for armory and stables. Today, the lower level walls remain scarred from the armory and horses’ impact.


At the center of the church lie the relic remains of . We sat in the simple pews around Aquinas’ relics, listening to Fr. Silly offer reflections, including sharing with us that it was in this church on that alter that he presided over his first mass as a Dominican Friar, nearly twenty years ago. I couldn’t help but observe the symmetry of listening to a wonderful, intelligent Friar from today at the footsteps where rests one of the most revered Dominican saints.

日本一本道a不卡免费Fr. Silly then took us on a tour of the Church’s Cloister, including time in The Chamber and in The Mortuary Chapel. Within the Monastery, the Friars would gather together in The Chamber, and the Mortuary Chapel was for the Friars who passed away. I couldn’t help but notice the stained glass windows in the Mortuary Chapel, depicting the Fleur-de-Lis in brilliant blue and white… not surprisingly, I thought of our Albertus Magnus College blue and white colors!

日本一本道a不卡免费After leaving the Church of the Jacobins, walking through the streets of Toulouse and grabbing some lunch, we finished our day with a visit to Maison Pierre Seilhan, the home in Toulouse where it has been confirmed St. Dominic and his other early Friar brothers resided. We gathered with Fr. Silly in a small room, now transformed into a chapel, to hear stories of the house’s Dominican history. I continue to find myself with a deep sense of awe, admiration, and amazement that I have been blessed to visit these historic sites where our Dominican founders slept, walked, talked, and preached eight centuries ago. A great gift for which I am grateful beyond words.

日本一本道a不卡免费Tomorrow we will begin with mass, celebrated by Fr. Silly, and then journey to see the Niaux Cave, with wall paintings dating back 35,000 years. My brain isn’t yet ready to comprehend that experience. I am hopeful sleep and prayer will assist.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France, with other Dominican college presidents. Fanjeaux is the area where, eight centuries ago, the Dominican Order was founded by Dominic de Guzmán, or St. Dominic as he is known today. This pilgrimage is a unique opportunity to visit and experience a number of the historical sites where St. Dominic spent considerable time leading up to and after the founding of the Order.

, the last remaining fortified city in France. Perhaps intuitively, a fortified city is just as it sounds, meaning it’s a city completely surrounded or enclosed by walls, accessible only from a main gate and typically protected not just by walls, but by one or more moats. In Europe’s history, there were many fortified cities, and Carcassonne offers one the opportunity to walk back in time, hundreds of years. Today, Carcassonne’s moats are dry and there is no danger of surprise attacks from boulders tossed over the walls by catapults. Within the walls of Carcassonne is a bustling village, full of tourists from around the world as well as inhabitants and the thousands of workers for the myriad shops, restaurants, and hotels. Carcassonne offered us a more traditional tourist experience versus that of a pilgrim, but the primary reasons we visited Carcassonne were twofold: The Basilique des Saints Nazaire et Celse and The Notre Dame De L’Abbaye, which lies just outside of the walls of the fortified city.

When first approaching the walled city of Carcassonne, the imposing structure of the walls and towers was impossible not to admire. It was as if I was approaching the Middle Ages. Literally walking across the gate that stretches over the once fearsome moat, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Carcassonne actually is surrounded by a double-walled fortress, so after crossing the gate one first enters a type of alley that circles the city, in between the walls, before continuing through the second entrance and into the city. Almost immediately after entering, we encountered people after people, walking tightly through the ancient streets, in and out of the shops and restaurants. The congestion of the inside city is in great juxtaposition to what one experiences before entering. We made our way through the masses to the Basilique des Saints Nazaire. , which actually stands on the grounds of a Visigoth place of worship from the 5th century as well as the original, Romance style Catholic church built in the 11th century but mostly destroyed when the current structure was re-built in the 13th日本一本道a不卡免费 century in the Gothic style. The basilica has elements of Romance and Gothic architecture and is a wonder to the eye. Of particular significance to our Dominican tradition is that St. Dominic served as pastor for the church during his years in the Fanjeaux area, and historians believe he celebrated Easter mass in the church in 1213. The massive size of the Basilique and its beautiful stained glass windows were inspiring, but it was once again the awareness that St. Dominic had been present that was so impactful. The physical surroundings of the fortified city, I suspect, enabled me to even more fully immerse myself into the moment.

After we left the city, we walked down one of the border roads to visit , which is the location where, each summer, the faculty, staff, and students from Dominican colleges who participate in the Fanjeaux program are housed. Visiting the Abbaye was helpful for me to have an image of where summer program participants are housed. In addition, the Abbaye also was another of the churches where St. Dominic preached. Our group participated in a short prayer service in the chapel, singing together the Dominican Blessing. Since first witnessing the Dominican Blessing at Albertus, I’ve developed a huge appreciation for its deep meaning and the power of its words and accompanying musical harmony when sung. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share in offering that blessing in such historic space with colleagues and friends from our extended Dominican family.

Tomorrow we will drive an hour and a half northwest to spend the day in the city of Toulouse. I’m already looking forward to that experience.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France, with other Dominican college presidents. Fanjeaux is the area where, eight centuries ago, the Dominican Order was founded by Dominic de Guzmán, or St. Dominic as he is known today. This pilgrimage is a unique opportunity to visit and experience a number of the historical sites where St. Dominic spent considerable time leading up to and after the founding of the Order.

Fanjeaux is a small hilltop village that sits about 1,100 feet above sea level, with stunning views of the valleys, farms, and villages below and stretching for miles into the distance.   In those first years of Dominic being in Fanjeaux, the area was inhabited by the  This blog post would never do justice to the significant history of the relationship between the Cathars and Dominic and how the Order of Preachers took shape during his decade or so in the Fanjeaux area, so I won’t try to shorten it for inclusion. What I will address are the highlights of the places we visited while walking through Fanjeaux and wandering down and over the hills to the . Our first stop in Fanjeaux was to meet and visit with Fr. Renaud Silly, O.P. at “La Maison Saint Dominique.” Fr. Silly warmly welcomed and toured us through the home containing a small room where St. Dominic is believed to have resided for much of his time in Fanjeaux. Walking through a thick wooden door no more than 5 feet high, into St. Dominic’s room was truly a walk back in history. Although the room transformed into a chapel many years ago, it was easy to imagine what it must have been like while occupied by St. Dominic; as Fr. Silly described, it was a place where St. Dominic pondered his loneliness and his calling. The dark wood, tile floors, and fire place are contrasted against the bright stained-glass panels that now cover the one window into the room from the outside. The six stained-glass panels depict important moments in St. Dominic’s life during his time in Fanjeaux. They are beautiful. On a personal note, I experienced a sense of being present and at peace while in the room. We left the residence and took the few steps to visit “L’Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Assomption.” The current church was built in the late 1270s, early 1280s, more than 50 years after St. Dominic died in 1221. However, the church is built on the same foundation of its predecessor, where St. Dominic preached and served as pastor. Today’s Notre-Dame church is in terrible disrepair, but amid its decay are an array of relics from the time of St. Dominic. The relics are displayed within the church that one easily imagines in its former beauty. Fr. Silly shared so much about Notre Dame’s history and that of the relics it now protects. The church is on France’s list for restoration, which I hope and pray comes to be reality. Among the relics we saw are the “wooden beam” from experience and what remains of the oldest church pipe organ in southern France. After listening to Fr. Silly, we left the church and went a few doors down to a smaller chapel that now has as its altar one which was unearthed from the basement of the Notre-Dame church. Fr. Silly indicated the altar has been verified to be the original from the church that stood where Notre-Dame does today, and thus, St. Dominic presided over that altar. We were able to see and touch the altar’s consecration crosses; as I realized the significance of that altar, I was overcome with a feeling of humility and a deepened awareness of my presence, a grace, in that moment in that place.
日本一本道a不卡免费 After visiting the churches, we walked to a viewpoint, looking out over the pastoral landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can discern. We also looked down the hills toward the site where , pointing him toward Prouilhe, where he would found the convent for his first women followers. Fr. Silly led our group on a long but enjoyable walk down through the winding dirt paths, from the top of Fanjeaux, over hills and through fields that in the late summer are filled with bright yellow sunflowers, to the site of St. Dominic’s fire vision, now marked by a stone cross. The four Dominican presidents on this pilgrimage joined Fr. Silly for a photo with the cross; Fanjeaux is seen at the top of the hill behind us. (In the picture with me, L to R: Fr. Silly; Dr. Robert Gervasi, president of Ohio Dominican University; Dr. Nancy Blattner, president of Caldwell University; Dr. Donna Carroll, president of Dominican University in Illinois).   After experiencing the cross, we continued our walk down the hills, taking us to the Prouilhe Monastery. We arrived at the Monastery just in time for the nuns’ evening Vespers, which was held in the Choir of the Basilica on the grounds of the Monastery. The voices of the nuns were beautiful and illuminating, but at the same time grounding and a reminder of their lives’ calling. The Choir is in disrepair and the Basilica itself was never finished. We learned about the saddened state of the Monastery facilities, including a guest house that now is shuddered. Seeing these sacred spaces in such disrepair, along with the Fanjeaux churches, left me with feelings of sorrow and anger. I was uplifted, however, with a visit to the gift shop run by the nuns; walking through its few aisles and observing the books and handmade merchandise, including some made by the nuns themselves, helped remind me of the need to seek and focus on the good and the positive versus the bad and the negative. Among the many lessons and learnings of my day. After our visit to the Monastery, we boarded our bus for the return trip to our hotel. It’s now time for a group dinner, and then sleep beckons as I’ll look forward to the promise of what tomorrow will bring when we visit Carcassone and the Basilica of St. Nazaire.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France, with other Dominican college presidents. Fanjeaux is the area where, eight centuries ago, the Dominican Order was founded by Dominic de Guzmán, or St. Dominic as he is known today. This pilgrimage is a unique opportunity to visit and experience a number of the historical sites where St. Dominic spent considerable time leading up to and after the founding of the Order.

Four Dominican pillars serve as the foundation for an Albertus Magnus College education: study, prayer, community, and service. In my first year serving as president, the pillar of study was a priority, as I embarked on a listening and learning agenda, hearing stories of Albertus Magnus College experiences and impact. Now in my second year as president, my listening and learning agenda continues, and this week the study pillar will again guide me as I journey with other Dominican college presidents to the Fanjeaux area of France, where eight centuries ago, . As presidents of Dominican colleges, this pilgrimage to France offers us a unique opportunity to visit and experience a number of the historical sites where St. Dominic spent considerable time leading up to and after the founding of the Order. I am filled with anticipation and humility as I prepare to “study” about St. Dominic. I, like the Albertus Magnus students who avail themselves of experiential learning opportunities, will benefit from the active part of my study agenda. Seeing and walking in St. Dominic’s footsteps is an experience unlike any other I’ve had in my life to date. My hope is to share via blog posts some reflections and insights on those experiences, in written words and visually through photos.

I’ve arrived in Toulouse, France, where those making the pilgrimage will connect after traveling from various parts of the US to France. On my way to Toulouse, I made a brief visit to the Rhône Valley village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Admittedly, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is perhaps most widely known today because of its historical significance and contributions to the wonderful world of French wines. With that acknowledgment, the village also has historical connections to the Papacy and the period in time when the Popes lived in . Translated in English, Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “new castle of the Pope,” referencing the castle built for Pope John XXII beginning in 1317. Although the first references to the village date back to the late 11th century, it did not receive its .

日本一本道a不卡免费My time in Châteauneuf-du-Pape was brief, but a priority was to visit the Pope’s Castle ruins. While walking up to see the ruins, I came upon . The church is beautiful and its tower bells still ring throughout the village at each hour.

All that remains of the . The ruins sit high above the village, and as I walked through them and looked down upon the village and off toward the Rhône River, the City of Avignon, and the valley in the distance, I was overcome with appreciation for the journey back in time this pilgrimage will afford.

Today after everyone arrived, we traveled from Toulouse to our hotel in Couiza. Tomorrow we begin exploring the area and learning about its place in history for St. Dominic. I cannot wait.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France, with other Dominican college presidents. Fanjeaux is the area where, eight centuries ago, the Dominican Order was founded by Dominic de Guzmán, or St. Dominic as he is known today. This pilgrimage is a unique opportunity to visit and experience a number of the historical sites where St. Dominic spent considerable time leading up to and after the founding of the Order.

. It’s hard to believe this trip is about over. Tomorrow日本一本道a不卡免费 morning we will depart Hong Kong for the 15½ hour flight back to . But before we leave, there was more to be done and seen in Hong Kong.

日本一本道a不卡免费 The day began with a visit to the . The museum’s story begins with a look 400 million years into the past and Hong Kong’s geological origins and the exhibits move from there straight through to with in 1997. One could easily spend a full day at the museum and still not leave having seen or processed all of the myriad exhibits that span Hong Kong’s history and culture. Many of the exhibits are lifelike, such as the section dedicated to Hong Kong’s wildlife, past and present, and the numerous displays of Hong Kong’s diverse cultural history and traditions. I’m posting a few pictures that will offer additional insight.

After the Museum visit, we were granted a free afternoon before our final dinner together. As I’ve mentioned before, I made plans to have lunch today with a mystery guest. The power of the Albertus Magnus family’s reach was on full display today, because I had the great fortune of meeting Albertus Board of Trustee Chair, Jeanne Dennison ’78日本一本道a不卡免费 and her husband Peter… for lunch in Hong Kong! When I shared my final itinerary for this trip with Jeanne, she mentioned that she and Peter had planned a vacation to and that they would be stopping in Hong Kong. We simply couldn’t believe it that the dates overlapped. And thus, the three of us spent a wonderful afternoon enjoying a traditional lunch and then exploring some of . As we walked the streets of , once again for me the mix of people, architecture, and bright colors was undeniable. A first stop for us was the historic , which unfortunately was without normal tours, resulting in us only being able to see inside the first floor entry. A next visit will definitely include this stop to see the full house and its history. We were particularly impacted when we visited the . The temple is the largest on Hong Kong and was built in 1863. Its rooms overflow with vibrant color and are full of burning aromatic incense.

With Jeanne and Peter returning to their vacation plans, I had a small amount of free time to walk through Hong Kong’s famous shopping area. To say that it was daunting and even overwhelming may be an understatement. There are easily more than 100 booths and stalls with merchants selling everything from clothing to technology devices to Hong Kong and China souvenirs. I suspect the art of negotiating the deal is on stage each day within the Market.

日本一本道a不卡免费The day finished with our delegation joining a number of affiliated individuals for a final group dinner. Once again we enjoyed traditional Chinese dishes, seated at large round tables with the ’s constantly spinning. Conversations were lively, and a number of us commented how quickly the trip had passed and how much we all hoped we might be fortunate enough to return to China and Hong Kong in the future.

We have an early departure for the airport in the morning, so I’ll try to check in again then. I do intend, however, to write a final blog post, reflecting on the trip, once I get back to and have the chance to process all that I’ve seen and heard. This day, our last full in Hong Kong, was wonderful. I learned more about Hong Kong and its history, and in meeting Jeanne and Peter here in Hong Kong, I perhaps engaged in our first, but not last, alumni event日本一本道a不卡免费 in Hong Kong.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long trip to Changsha, China, with and the delegation. The relationship promotes mutual awareness of cultures, customs, and heritage. Invited by Mayor Toni Harp, President Camille is the only college president from New Haven making the trip.

As has been the case throughout this trip, the delegation participated in another full day of new experiences. We began with a visit to the to learn more about the grand and inspiring vision, which on its website reads, “…to build a vibrant cultural quarter for Hong Kong, dedicated to bringing local and international artists together with audiences to be inspired by and to celebrate the arts.” While the vision itself is inspiring for those associated with urban development, what is even more inspiring is how the vision is coming to life. More than 100 acres of were reclaimed, shored up, and are in the midst of a massive development of arts and culture spaces that will add to vibrancy (see the pictures on the website). The City of , already alive in arts and culture, also has a vision for development and enhancement. But my own takeaway is that to accomplish something grand and impactful beyond the norm, a bold vision must be developed in a consultative way, and then with passion and conviction, marketed and championed to secure investment, funding, and engagement. The results for Hong Kong, we all were convinced, will be transformative. Our city, or maybe even more so, our country might benefit from the lessons unfolding in this Hong Kong initiative.

While many of the delegation were scheduled to tour a local museum, a small group joined for a private meeting with Hong Kong’s new . The significance of this meeting and its symbolism cannot be overstated. Ms. Lam, who took office in 2017, is the first woman elected to serve as Chief Executive, which for Hong Kong, is its most senior political leadership position.日本一本道a不卡免费 Ms. Lam is, in fact, the head of Hong Kong’s government. Like our own Mayor Harp, she broke through the barrier of previous all-male leadership. Ms. Lam was eloquent and engaging during our meeting, and it doesn’t take one long to understand why she’s such a successful leader and to become impressed with her vision. I was honored to be present for the meeting between Ms. Lam and Mayor Harp, and the two women leaders left those of us present for the meeting with a sense of hope and inspiration. Ms. Lam was frank, but also positive and forward thinking in her commentary on the current trade tensions between and the .

After meeting Chief Executive Lam, the entire met again for a special luncheon at , which is in the original building. The lunch event was sponsored by the , and the . Mayor Harp shared remarks and provided a compelling overview of all that is happening in New Haven. Many alumni and friends were among the guests. The luncheon, like the trip in general, was enjoyable and went smoothly. The delegation owes thanks to the trip’s primary organizers: The Yale-China Association, with notable presence and impact in China and Hong Kong, and , Andrew Wolf. Andy and , David Youtz, have made the trip the valuable and enjoyable experience it has proven to be.

Our afternoon was spent on the campus of . Among the University’s numerous colleges, is , which sits high atop the University’s campus that is sprawled across one of Hong Kong’s peaks. There are spectacular views overlooking Hong Kong bay from New Asia College, which has had affiliation with Yale-China for years. We then dropped to the midpoint of the mountain, where the primary administrative offices for Chinese University are housed. We toured the and viewed its current exhibit, “.” Some pictures give explanation to the works and offer a glimpse of a few of the beautiful pieces.

日本一本道a不卡免费The day finished for me with an enjoyable dinner with Andy Wolf and his long-time friend, Yale alumnus Zhu Xiaoyu, who attended today’s luncheon. We ventured out into the bright, never ending neon lights of Hong Kong for some authentic cooking. Delicious!

It’s hard to believe tomorrow is our final day in Hong Kong. I’ve got a mystery guest lunch appointment tomorrow. Stay tuned, Albertus community members.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long trip to Changsha, China, with and the delegation. The relationship promotes mutual awareness of cultures, customs, and heritage. Invited by Mayor Toni Harp, President Camille is the only college president from New Haven making the trip.

This morning saw our delegation depart , saying goodbye to our hosts Bill and Annie, and taking the hour plus bus ride to the outskirts of Changsha to catch the to Shenzhen, 475 miles to the south and the border city to neighboring . Riding the was eye opening for those of us from . The newness began with the massive, sparkling . In short, the station felt more like a modern day bustling airport terminal than it did a train station. As for the Bullet train itself, it actually pretty much always runs on time, cruises at 190+ mph, and is the smoothest train ride we all have ever experienced. And yes, the 190 mph is correct. We thus traversed the 475 miles in just over three hours, inclusive of a half dozen or so stops.

I was watching out the window admiring the beautiful rice paddy farms, which contrast against the numerous cities scattered about China and in the cases such as , , and , the incomprehensible (for those of us from the ) urban building and development that is occurring. It seems is very much a tale of two worlds… traditional or historic China, with its farming, fishing, and factory workers living in extremely humble settings against the modern, exploding growth China that seems to sprawl forever. Even when in the urban cities, there is stark contrast in merged neighborhoods between run down apartments/shanties/shacks/extreme poverty and the climbing sky scraper glitz of urban development. On the drive to the Changsha train station, I spotted the man in the picture pushing his cart full of what appeared to be shrimp and perhaps scallions over a heavily traveled bridge.

Upon arriving in Shenzhen, we boarded another bus to make the drive to the actual border with Hong Kong. There, we had to get off the bus, carry/wheel our own luggage (a requirement) into the border-crossing building, leave China through Customs, then walk about 100 yards to the Customs area to enter Hong Kong. After navigating that ritual, we then walked into Hong Kong, re-boarded our same bus, that had now driven through Customs, to finish the drive into .

日本一本道a不卡免费First impressions of Hong Kong as you arrive is overwhelming amazement and fixation with the urban development and sprawl juxtaposed against a beautiful harbor with spanning bridges, all the while back-dropped against numerous mountains and ranges. , and its multiple high rise developments in the various inlets, is beautiful. I’ll post a few pictures of the daytime arrival, as well as those from our evening. Hong Kong is divided roughly into three sections. First is Hong Kong Island, which was the original British settlement and today is the urban financial district, with its own beautiful harbor inlet and the historic … more on that shortly. The second area is known as , which is full of neon-lit shops, restaurants, and buildings of all sorts; to get a feel for its size, this area we agreed was similar to , but much larger. And the third area is known as the , which I believe is, as the name suggests, the newest developed area of Hong Kong and is the border town to China’s Shenzhen.

After we checked into our hotel, which for those who are on this trip I’ll simply say was an unexpected adventure, we quickly reassembled to catch another bus to the dock to make the short trip across the harbor to Hong Kong Island. Out on the open harbor water, one is able to get a better look at the circular beauty that defines Hong Kong, its harbor, and its various geographic regions. I hope the pictures will help bring all of this to your mind’s eye.

On Hong Kong Island, we boarded its historic , the highest point in Hong Kong at roughly 1300 feet. At the Peak’s summit, numerous shops and restaurants greet visitors. We gathered as a complete group for an evening dinner. Not sure my iPhone will do justice to the spectacular neon urban, nighttime scenes that sit below Hong Kong’s Peak. The camaraderie over dinner, after our day trying to mimic the famous (infamous?) John Candy/Steve Martin “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” was a wonderful end to the day’s journey into Hong Kong. Tomorrow日本一本道a不卡免费, we have a full day of meetings and exploration.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long trip to Changsha, China, with and the delegation. The relationship promotes mutual awareness of cultures, customs, and heritage. Invited by Mayor Toni Harp, President Camille is the only college president from New Haven making the trip.

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The museum, originally opened in 1951 but closed for a five-year renovation in 2012, features a huge collection of relics from the , which were discovered in Changsha and excavated between 1972-74.

The tombs included the tomb and corpse of , a 2,000-year old mummified woman who was amazingly well preserved, including flesh and organs (the picture of her won’t do justice because of her body being enclosed in glass, many feet below the viewing area).

Among the other significant relics we saw were a , which vividly depicted lives during the (206 BC – 24); click each picture to view it in detail. There simply were too many artifacts to describe here.

日本一本道a不卡免费Our afternoon was spent visiting , which sits in the middle of the and runs five kilometers north to south. The island, today, is famous and most known for the 100-foot-high stone head monument of , the revered communist leader of the from the 1940s until his death in 1976. The lore is that when he was young, Mao used to swim out to Tangerine Island to become stronger, physically and mentally. The monument, carved from what appears to be , is a daunting presence seen on the Island and from afar. The island also features at its head the beautiful , offering views down the river that depict its size and impact. The pictures of the Mao monument and the pavilion area should help illustrate the beauty of the island.

The day that included a look back 2,000 years concluded with more formal celebration of the – Sister City agreement. Our delegation was hosted for a closing banquet and yet another inspiring (and spicy!) dinner by Wen Shu Xun, Chairman of Changsha Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Politic Consultative Conference. New Haven this past summer on behalf of the City of Changsha to ink the first formal document in forging the relationship. During the dinner, and Mr. Wen exchanged remarks and introduced their delegations. The evening was wonderful, and I was fortunate to sit next to Liu Weichao, the principal of , and Bill Peng, a Consultant with . Mr. Peng has been one of our hosts while in Changsha, and in addition to very warm hospitality, he’s extended an offer to assist Albertus Magnus with opening doors in Changsha for student recruitment. The picture I’m posting is of Mr. Peng and Mr. Liu, who also invited Albertus to visit Yali in the future.

Another wonderful day in China comes to an end. Tomorrow日本一本道a不卡免费, we depart via the 300+ mph for Hong Kong. During my visit in , it appears I am going to have a visit with someone very familiar to our Albertus Magnus community. It’s a surprise I’ll soon share. I look forward to sharing my Hong Kong experience soon.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long trip to Changsha, China, with and the delegation. The relationship promotes mutual awareness of cultures, customs, and heritage. Invited by Mayor Toni Harp, President Camille is the only college president from New Haven making the trip.

, I headed out with the delegation to visit the What a simply wonderful experience. Not surprisingly, was greeted with warmth and anticipation, and our visit began with an informative and insightful overview of history, delivered in English by a poised beyond her years’ female Yali student. Among the photos I’m posting are some depicting the school’s values and learning objectives, which upon reading you too will notice the harmonic alignment with our own at Albertus Magnus.

On display, too, was the city map, which was gifted to Yali as part of the initial relationship effort. The group picture I’ve posted features the student tour guides who were so gracious.

日本一本道a不卡免费We then proceeded to classroom visits, which were great fun. Each year, sends four teaching fellows to Yali, and current fellow Anthony, who taught the class in which I visited, was engaging and seemed very much in his element with the tenth graders. We did some small group discussions with the students, which I thoroughly enjoyed. They were inquisitive, respectful, and without question, very bright. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn I left a number of Albertus Magnus brochures at the school, seeking out some future .

This seems like an appropriate time for me to call out the wonderful work of one of our newest Albertus community members, Sr. Ana Gonzalez, OP, who joined us in March to help develop international recruitment and student services programs. Her first draft of an Albertus international student日本一本道a不卡免费 recruitment brochure is excellent. Our community is grateful to have Sr. Ana among us. As our Yali visit wrapped up, we gathered for another group photo on the steps to the school’s main building. From there, we left for an authentic , lunch!

日本一本道a不卡免费Over my years, I’ve had more than a few meals. Never, however, have I experienced a meal such as today’s. The décor of the restaurant was the first thing that caught my eye, as there are displays, bright colors, growing herbs and vegetables, and more varieties of fish and various local foods on display than one can, I argue, possibly comprehend. The delegation gathered around multiple round tables, for which the middle of each was a lazy Susan. As the meal progresses, the various foods are brought out and added to the lazy Susan, and a taste-testing marathon begins. While I never gained an explanation of what each food was that I tried, I enjoyed the vast majority of them. The one word that is most characteristic of Hunan-area food is spicy. And my own experience brings this word of caution: beware the little red peppers (or their parts, or flakes!) and what appears to be a harmless green bean, cut up “French-style,” turns out to be a mouth searing pepper. The fresh-squeezed dragon fruit juice was a welcome antidote! We also watched some during the lunch, including a woman who walked and jumped on broken glass and a young man who inflated and popped various balloons with his nose. Words fail me to describe what we saw; maybe the pictures will be more effective!

After a short afternoon break, we left the hotel again to visit the . The evolution of Changsha over its 3,000-year history is amazing. And the current effort to modernize and grow the city’s impact and prosperity is mind boggling. We saw more LCD/LED and graphical imagery displays depicting progress and plans than my pictures will do justice. The City of Changsha itself has more than 5 million residents, and inclusive of its suburban/rural areas, there are more than 7.5 million. Changsha is clearly still transitioning and growing, as there are many signs of abject poverty infused among the towering sky scrapers and modern development. But to say there is evidence of a plan for growth and prosperity is an understatement.

日本一本道a不卡免费Our long day finished with the official ceremonies acknowledging the impetus for the trip: the signing of the Sister City agreement between Changsha and New Haven, which occurred at Changsha Municipal Center; the best way I can describe the complex is that it is not the equivalent of a City Hall, but rather, a city government oriented complex of buildings that include official space for Mayoral hosting. The and his delegation were warm hosts. Being present for the ceremony, and watching Mayor Harp represent our city, with poise and elegance, reminded me of the great honor I have of being on the trip.

Over the course of the ceremony and the banquet dinner that followed, which again was around a lazy Susan table, but dwarfing the lunch experience’s size and scale, I sensed great admiration for New Haven and all that it promises. On multiple occasions, Mayors Harp and Zhongxiong shared hope that these two cities might somehow bring to light an example of how our two countries can and should work more cooperatively. Among the pictures are those from the ceremony, including official gift exchanges between Mayor Zhongxiong and his delegation and Mayor Harp and president .

This long day, full of new experiences and camaraderie, has closed. It’s time to rest and ready for another day of discovery tomorrow.


President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long trip to Changsha, China, with and the delegation. The relationship promotes mutual awareness of cultures, customs, and heritage. Invited by Mayor Toni Harp, President Camille is the only college president from New Haven making the trip.

written by in the 1940s. I recall reading it in high school, and what turned out to be a 23-hour journey for me to travel to , immediately made me think of the irony of my travels.

I was scheduled to leave , on Sunday morning at 11:45 am, and because of some “paper work delays,” we left about an hour late. That hour, it turned out, led to an arrival in of just over an hour late, which when added to my time going through customs and attempting to connect with my flight to Changsha, resulted in a missed connection. When I came through customs and discovered I had to take a 15-minute bus ride to a separate terminal for my connecting flight, I realized I was going to miss my scheduled flight. Upon arriving at Airport’s Terminal 2, from Terminal 3, I found my way to an extremely helpful and patient Traveler Information agent, and she spent about a half hour with me helping me get re-booked to a later flight, checked in, luggage rechecked. It goes without saying I am grateful to her.

Thus, I arrived in Changsha at 8:45 pm, and after being greeted by a courteous and very patient Rachel (seems to be an emerging pattern), she spent 40 minutes driving me to the Changsha hotel. A smooth check-in process and 23 hours after leaving Newark, I am ready to sleep in preparation for what tomorrow’s first day in Changsha will bring. The flight from to Beijing traveled north and west across time zones, never leaving the sun, resulting in a gain of 12 hours. The delayed flight to Changsha brought me into dark night skies. Indeed, a long daytime journey into the night.

Tomorrow’s agenda includes a visit to the , one of the country’s top high schools and founded by students more than a century ago. I took a few photos as I was landing in Changsha and then during the drive to the hotel. The small neon red decorations on the light poles, I learned from Rachel, are leftover from the recent . The final photo, in the lower right, I just took from my hotel room, looking out into the Changsha night time, wondering what adventures and knowledge tomorrow will bring. I can’t help but notice the tall building lit up in an Albertus日本一本道a不卡免费-blue hue. Changsha awaits, my Albertus family and friends. Alas, some rest is required before the dawn breaks.

President Marc M. Camille, Ed.D., will write regular reflections during his week-long trip to Changsha, China, with and the delegation. The relationship promotes mutual awareness of cultures, customs, and heritage. Invited by Mayor Toni Harp, President Camille is the only college president from New Haven making the trip.

Spring Semester Update

I hope this message finds you having enjoyed a restful and blessed Easter weekend. Like the spring semester itself, this week has been full of activity, including: (another) spring snowfall, the amazingly inspirational Experiential Learning Day, the exciting announcement of our soon to be launched varsity ice hockey program, the Women and Popular Culture/Aquinas Scholars Conference, the Drama Club’s performance of The Company of Compromise, and tomorrow, we have the Book Study featuring the works of Rev. James Martin, SJ, the 20thAnniversary Celebration for our Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program, and the Albertus Magnus College Choir’s Cabaret. And on Saturday, we will be hosting potential first-year students and their families for the important Accepted Student Day visit program. Of course, these are merely a sampling of the activities on campus occurring outside of the classroom.

I am also writing to let you know that on Sunday, I will leave for a week-long trip to China, having been invited by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp to join her delegation that will visit the City of Changsha as part of the Sister City relationship building effort. New Haven has been a member of Sister Cities International for many years; it now has relationships with eight cities, including Changsha. These relationships promote mutual awareness of the cultures, customs, and heritage of the partner cities. I am honored to have been invited and, as the only college president from New Haven making the trip, look forward to sharing with our friends in Changsha all of the wonderful benefits of Albertus Magnus College, as well as those of the City itself and the numerous other excellent higher education institutions.

日本一本道a不卡免费Students from Yale College visited Changsha 112 years ago and left ideas that became Yali Secondary School, among the elite preparatory schools in China today – 16,000 students on 10 campuses. Included in the trip’s agenda is a visit to Yali, and I’m looking forward to sharing with them all that we have to offer at Albertus Magnus College. Assuming I am able to master the technology, I intend to blog during my trip to help share the experience with our community.

As I prepare to travel abroad, and as our spring semester chugs along toward the Inauguration events and another wonderful Commencement ceremony, please accept my gratitude for all you do on behalf of this amazing College. It is my great pleasure to serve as your president, and I will miss you all while I am away.

2018 Honorary Degree Recipients and Commencement Speaker

日本一本道a不卡免费The College’s Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon three distinguished individuals at Albertus Magnus College’s 95th Commencement Exercises, to be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018. This year’s honorees are Harold and Jan Attridge and Erik Clemons; Dr. and Mrs. Attridge and Mr. Clemons employ and promote in their professional and personal lives the values that we uphold as tenets of an Albertus Magnus education. In addition, Mr. Clemons has agreed to offer remarks to our graduates as this year’s Commencement speaker. A short biographical sketch for each honoree is included for your reference. The presence of these individuals at Commencement and their recognition as honorary degree recipients will add to the celebration of our Class of 2018 as its members receive their earned degrees.

Erik Clemons

Erik Clemons is the founding CEO and president of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCat), located in New Haven’s Science Park. ConnCat is committed to creating arts-based educational environments for at-risk public school students and career training programs for under- and unemployed adults. He is dedicated to empowering marginalized communities and helping others to see their own potential and power. A former executive director of Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), which provides innovative academic and social enrichment programs for youth in high-poverty neighborhoods, Mr. Clemons is an education fellow at the Aspen Institute, trustee of START Community Bank, board member of CT State Board of Education, and board chair of the New Haven Housing Authority. He received a B.S. in sociology from Southern Connecticut State University and M.A. in theology and ethics from Hartford Seminary.

Harold W. Attridge

Harold W. Attridge is Sterling Professor of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. From 2002 to 2012 he served as dean—the first Catholic to hold that position for more than an interim period. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he was Professor of New Testament at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as dean of the College of Arts and Letters. Over the years, he has made scholarly contributions to the interpretation of the New Testament, study of Hellenistic Judaism, and the history and literature of the early church. His publications include books, articles, essays, and reviews. Professor Attridge graduated from Boston College, earned B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.

Jan Attridge

Jan Attridge has more than 35 years of leadership experience with not-for-profit organizations, many of them faith-based. Inspired by the women religious who guided her faith formation and modeled what faith in action looks like, she is an engaged Catholic laywoman with a strong commitment to welcoming the stranger, especially refugees. She is the coordinator of refugee resettlement for St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University. Jan Attridge is chair of the All Africa Conference: Sister to Sister, a ministry begun in 2002 that is dedicated to the empowerment of African Religious Women through education. She earned a B.A. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

The State of the College Address

The State of the College Address

Coffee and Connections

Coffee and Connections

Christmas Message from President Camille

It’s December 22, and today at 3:00 p.m. Albertus Magnus College will close in observance of the and New Year’s holidays. I am now nearly six months into my as the 14th president of this special place, and as our community prepares for a well-deserved respite, I share some observations.

Yesterday, the College’s faculty, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees gathered on campus, as a community, for the annual Christmas luncheon. It was December 21, the first day of winter. As I thought about what I might offer in my remarks, I recalled that this past March 20, the first day of spring, I was introduced to this same community as the president-elect. On that day, I was deeply touched by the warmth of the welcome extended to me from the Albertus Magnus community. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, Dominican Sisters of Peace, and Board members日本一本道a不卡免费 reached toward me with handshakes and hugs, open hearts and open minds. Community is more than aspiration at this College. Community here is family. Albertus Magnus may be a small college, but it’s a giant in spirit, impact, and love.

The spirit of Albertus Magnus College was revealed and released ninety two years ago, in 1925, when the founded the institution. Four pillars define and inspire this College: Study, Prayer, Community, and Service. The Catholic, Dominican, values- and liberal arts-based education offered to Albertus undergraduate and graduate students, younger and older, continues to emanate in spirit from these four pillars. To work for and earn a college degree is an accomplishment. To put that degree to work not simply for self, but for others, is our calling.

日本一本道a不卡免费 are proud and passionate, prominent and profound. The women who graduated in the College’s early years walk tall and beam. The women and men who graduated more recently continue to carry that torch of pride and continue to positively impact society. Teachers, scientists, physicians, nurses, engineers, corporate executives, civic leaders, religious leaders, counselors, artists, volunteers… but a sampling list of the vocations of Albertus alumni. Our world needs more Albertus Magnus College graduates.

Today, with Christmas approaching and Advent reminding us of the Coming and of our many blessings, it is the Albertus Magnus College family, my new family, for which I am grateful and inspired to serve. One way we describe the Albertus Magnus College experience is that we love our students into being their best selves, soaring as fearless falcons to greater heights. Christmas is the season of love. We come together, as family and friends, and we celebrate the season. Celebrations are about sharing and giving – of ourselves, of our talents and treasure. We are one community, responsible to and for each other. Perhaps the greatest gift at Christmas, our greatest gift at Christmas, is love.

日本一本道a不卡免费It’s December 22, the first in which days become longer as the Albertus Magnus family sets its sights on the approaching spring semester. May you and yours have a blessed, joy- and love-filled Christmas, and may your New Year ahead be filled with prosperity and peace.

). I did so because I acknowledge that social media offers an important opportunity to share the Albertus Magnus College story. But, I’ve learned quickly the limitations of 140 characters, so today I write with a bit more detail. And moving forward, while I’ll continue to Tweet, from time to time I’ll use this blog to share Albertus Magnus College stories. There is so much for which the Albertus family should be proud.

The commitment of the Albertus Magnus College community to mission is palpable. Indeed, every college or university has a mission. But at Albertus, the Catholic, Dominican mission and tradition is alive and well, thriving under the care of the faculty and staff who educate today’s Albertus students, preparing them for impactful lives after they finish their programs, just as so many have done before for nearly one hundred years. I sensed a strong commitment to mission as I began my tenure; I’ve now experienced firsthand how mission inspires each of us in the Albertus community to do all we can for the students. Albertus Magnus College was founded to serve students. We should take great pride in celebrating our commitment to continuing to do so. And one hundred days in, I’ve learned:

  • The faculty…I’m in awe of their commitment to the College, its mission, and its students, as well as their talent, teaching, scholarship, and service. They inspire me.
  • The staff…they work tirelessly on behalf of the College and its students, advancing mission in a way that touches lives each day. They motivate me.
  • The Dominican Sisters…so passionate for Albertus and the values on which it stands. They are a living testament to our Catholic, Dominican identity and traditions, and they are among the strongest advocates for the College’s bright future. I feel their hope.
  • The Trustees…they are committed to Albertus and its mission. They support, through their wisdom, guidance, and philanthropy, the Albertus community of educators and students. They hold within their hearts the best interests of the College. I’m grateful to them.
  • The Greater New Haven community…I believe I’ve had more than 50 meetings with various corporate, civic, education, and religious leaders, and I have yet to meet an individual who shares anything other than praise and respect for Albertus Magnus College. I sense in them an openness and excitement around a more proud and bold Albertus in the future, an Albertus that engages even more deeply and meaningfully in the community. I look forward to working with them.
  • Of course, the Albertus alumni… Their passion for and pride in their alma mater has filled me with hope and inspiration. They share their individual and collective dreams for the future. I’ve loved hearing their stories. Some have offered reflections from when the College was women only. Others have told me of how Albertus enabled them, as working women and men, to come back and finish a college degree. Each individual story is woven into the powerful tapestry of Albertus Magnus College. I feel their impact.
  • And impact leads me to the members of the Albertus family for whom I see impact every day…The students. Albertus Magnus College is blessed to enroll a diverse student body. Yes, traditional measures of diversity define our students… racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic, religious, etc. But among our Albertus students are traditional 18-22 year olds, embarking upon their college journeys fresh out of high school, as well as working adults, some pursuing undergraduate degrees, others master’s degrees. In this mix of young and older, I see in them the promise of the future; they’ve been called to the values- and liberal arts-based education that has defined Albertus Magnus for 92 years. The 18-22 year olds are ready for transformation, ready to grow in their education, their self-confidence, their character development, their career vocations and preparations. The working adults are ready to advance in life and in work, to further their career success for themselves and for their families.

One hundred days in, I am convinced there never has been a more compelling moment in time, yearning for an Albertus Magnus education, an education that is Catholic, Dominican, values-based, liberal-arts based, and practical in its application. Today’s world and its myriad local, regional, national, and global challenges, calls for students, young and older, to benefit from an Albertus Magnus College education. To take their place in society, bringing forward their knowledge and skills, their competence and conscience to be change agents. To make a difference. To have positive impact.

One hundred days in, and clearly my work is only beginning. There remains so much for me to learn, so many people for me to meet. But my inspiration and passion have been launched. I will be fearless in advocating for this College and its community members. As a shared community, as a family, we will move forward as Fearless Falcons to realize a bright, bold future and the promise it holds for a vibrant, thriving Albertus Magnus College.

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