It’s always an exciting time of the year to be a priest on campus. Getting to meet new students and working with them as they explore their faith and how they fit into college and the Stonehill Community. Being with seniors as they begin to think about what the future holds for them. I love being a chaplain on the sidelines of football games, blessing the team in the locker room before the game and praying with them after the game. There are also serious, but powerful events that have occurred, such as our annual 9/11 Memorial Prayer Service and a candlelight prayer memorial for a student who died over the summer.
This year in particular has been fun, because of the presence of our new deacon, Rev. Mr. Tim Mouton, CSC. His energy and zeal has added so much energy to the campus. He is able to relate so well to the students in so many ways, doing everything from serving as a part-time coach for the varsity baseball team, to forming a men’s spirituality group, to hosting the weekly Tuesday night Mass in his residence dorm. Yesterday, Tim served as deacon and preached at all of the Campus Ministry Sunday Masses for the first time. It was amazing to see how poised and confident he was. At the reception after the Masses, Tim was mobbed with students, faculty and staff, touched by his message and his presence.
Fr. Tony Szakaly, C.S.C., is the local superior of the Holy Cross community at Stonehill College, Director of Campus Ministry, and Alumni Minister at Stonehill College. A South Bend native, he received a Holy Cross education at every level of his schooling, from the C.S.C. sisters in grade school, the C.S.C. brothers in high school, and C.S.C. priests at the University of Notre Dame. He took final vows in 1991 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1992.