Candlelight Ceremony

The Candlelight Ceremony is a tradition of Albertus Magnus College dating back to its founding in 1925.  At the Candlelight Ceremony the senior students welcome the incoming freshmen by passing on the “light of knowledge” with a lighted candle.  From the 1938 yearbook of the College we read, “Now the senior class passed on the spirit of Albertus to us from the lighted tapers at the Candle Service in front of Rosary.”

This year the Candlelight Ceremony will take place during Founders’ Day, on Friday, September 20, 2013, for the Class of 2017 and transfer students.  For the first year students in the Division of Professional Graduate Studies will participate in their own Candlelight Ceremony on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.  Both ceremonies will be held in the Behan Community Room.  The entire Albertus Magnus Community is invited and encouraged to attend including student family members and alumni.

Within the Candlelight Ceremony the students sign the Tradition of Honor, which also dates back to the beginnings of the College.  From the 1931 yearbook we read, “It is one of the College’s proudest boasts that the students are governed almost entirely by the honor system.”  Through the Tradition of Honor students pledge to live with honor and integrity in their academic work and in their daily life of relating to others as members of the Albertus Magnus College community.


Albertus Magnus College is a Catholic, Liberal Arts College rooted in the Dominican Tradition.  It has an enrollment of nearly 1,700 men and women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Learn more about Founders’ Day activities, updates and registration on the Founders’ Day page.

Calling All Volunteers!Albertus Magnus College is excited to announce a new college-wide initiative:  1925 Hours of Service: Building Community through Serving the Community register.  Members of the Albertus family bring alive the four pillars of Dominican life: Community, Service, Spirituality and Study. As we celebrate Founders’ Day 2013, join us in making a difference in the world around us by giving back. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, elementary school or community garden during the fall semester (August – December) of 2013 and register your hours with us as we strive to donate 1,925 hours in honor of the College’s founding in 1925.Do you already volunteer your time regularly?  Those hours count too!  Wear something Albertus, take and share a photo and register your hours!  For more information or to submit photos contact sseslar@albertus.edu or use #Albertus1925 on Twitter.

Dominican Heritage


Founders’ Day 2013

Albertus Magnus College will hold its second annual Founders’ Day to celebrate its heritage on Friday, September 20, 2013.  Founded by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace), Albertus Magnus College community remembers and celebrates its foundation on September 24, 1925.  The Dominican Sisters of Peace continue to sponsor the College.

To honor our global Dominican heritage, the theme of this year’s Founders’ Day is Dominicans: Think Globally, Act Locally.  Putting us in touch with this global reality will be three presenters who will share with us the blessings and challenges of Dominicans from different parts of the globe.

Our presenters are Sr. Germaine Conroy, O.P. (Peru), Sr. Patricia Idoko, O.P. (Nigeria), and Sr. Judy Morris, O.P. (United States).  In addition, three Albertus Magnus College students will respond to the presenters: Ginette Gonzalez ’14, Kevin Jorgensen ’15 and Dorothea Maher ’16.

Another featured event on Founders’ Day is Candlelight Ceremony for the Class of 2017 and transfer students.  This tradition goes back to the earliest days of the College.  The ceremony consists of the passing of the light of knowledge from the seniors to the newest students.

Founders’ Day will conclude with a presentation of the VERITAS Award, given to an individual or a group who have demonstrated a commitment to the ideals and values of Albertus Magnus College.  This year the College is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees, during their June meeting, voted unanimously to confer the Albertus Magnus College VERITAS Award on Sr. Germaine Conroy, O.P.

Sr. Germaine is a former Trustee of Albertus Magnus College and was, during the time of her trusteeship, also a member of the Executive Committee and Secretary of the Albertus Magnus College Corporation.

As a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Sr. Germaine’s service and ministry has included a long-term commitment to education, most especially during her time in Chimbote, Peru, where for many years, she ministered with other Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A reception in honor of Sr. Germaine will close the Founders’ Day festivities.

Albertus Magnus College is a Catholic, liberal arts college rooted in the Dominican Tradition.  It has an enrollment of nearly 1,700 men and women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Learn more about Founders’ Day activities, updates and to registration on the Founders’ Day page.

Calling All Volunteers!Albertus Magnus College is excited to announce a new college-wide initiative:  1925 Hours of Service: Building Community through Serving the Community register.  Members of the Albertus family bring alive the four pillars of Dominican life: Community, Service, Spirituality and Study. As we celebrate Founders’ Day 2013, join us in making a difference in the world around us by giving back. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, elementary school or community garden during the fall semester (August – December) of 2013 and register your hours with us as we strive to donate 1,925 hours in honor of the College’s founding in 1925.Do you already volunteer your time regularly?  Those hours count too!  Wear something Albertus, take and share a photo and register your hours!  For more information or to submit photos contact sseslar@albertus.edu or use #Albertus1925 on Twitter.

Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven

This week we welcome guest blogger Kate Walton, MA, Executive Director of the Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven.  You can reach Kate directly at kwalton@carenewhaven.org

 Albertus is proud to support the work of IVCG.  You can help by participating in the Cook and Care Walk-a-Thon, hosted by Albertus Magnus College on October 20, 2013.  Learn more at Cook and Care Walk-a-Thon or visit their Facebook page here

Back in 1984 an extraordinary handful of local New Haven folks from a bunch of different churches, temples, synagogues and mosques got together and responded to an extraordinary opportunity.  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation had put forth national funding to encourage interfaith dialogue between congregations for the purpose of creating volunteer services for the elderly.  Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven was selected for funding in the first national round, and now some 30 years later, this small organization continues its vital mission.

Who knew just how many little old ladies and gentlemen were out there living well into their 90’s and even some 100’s in their own home sweet homes?  “Aging at Home” is now a “model” these days but when I became director of IVCG just over a year ago I knew that IVCG had pioneered the model a long time ago.  Back in the early 1990’s,  I found myself in the sandwich generation when Parkinson’s Disease  ravaged my amazing mother and I heard there was a program of friendly visiting and neighborly assistance.  One phone call resulted in a wonderful lady materializing that proved to become a dear friend to my mother and a loyal companion for the remaining years of her life.  Much later on, when offered the position to lead Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers after many years as a human service non-profit administrator; I knew that this was an opportunity to both give back for the help given to my own family, and to work for a very worthy endeavor.  Only now do I fully comprehend how prescient and essential was the thinking of IVCG’s founders.

According to the 2014 Action Plan of the CT Commission on Aging, during the next 15 years the 65+ population in Connecticut will increase by an astounding 64%.   The population 21 to 65 years of age will decline by 2%.   Clearly, Connecticut needs to be expanding creative and responsive programming that provides strategic support that enables elders to continue living independently in their own homes for way longer than they would be able to – without strategic assistance.   Friendships, reassurance and the sharing of intellectual, artistic and cultural interests make life profoundly more meaningful for the homebound elder – and the volunteers who give of themselves.  Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven provides about 500 hours of free service each month transporting to medical appointments, taking elders food shopping and visiting them in their homes.

Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven is supported by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and our partnering congregations, donors, and hardworking dedicated volunteers.   We also partner with other local non-profit service organizations to provide Thanksgiving meals to over 800 local homebound seniors on Thanksgiving Day, and to raise funds through the Cook and Care Walkathon  – hosted this year for the first time at Albertus Magnus College.

NEXT WEEK – Learn more about the Cook and Care Collaboration.