The Office of Campus Ministry/Social Action
As a Lasallian Catholic institution, Manhattan College provides the Office of Campus Ministry and Social Action (CMSA) to foster “Faith, Service and Community” across campus life. There are opportunities for spiritual development, community service, and reflection on social justice as well as putting faith into action. CMSA offers a variety of programs, including prayer, liturgies, meditations, discussions, retreats, lectures, service/immersion trips, local community service projects, and social events.
CMSA seeks to serve students of all religious traditions. There are several retreat experiences available each semester. Catholic Mass is available on weekdays and on Sunday evenings. CMSA assists members of the campus community interested in becoming Catholic or receiving the sacraments. For Jummah prayer, space is available on Fridays for Muslim students.
Many students participate in local community service projects. These include food runs, an annual Toy Drive, God’s Love We Deliver, four blood drives, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, working with the elderly, serving at a soup kitchen, tutoring children and teens, helping Bronx residents file their income taxes and more. Students are always encouraged to develop new projects.
CMSA sponsors L.O.V.E., the Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience. Through LOVE, students can participate in domestic and international service and immersion trips during Intersession, Spring Break and the early summer. Recent LOVE destinations have included New Orleans, Kenya, Ecuador, San Francisco, the Dominican Republic, the Arizona / Mexico border, Jamaica, El Salvador, Florida and Texas.
Through CMSA, Manhattan has been designated a Catholic Relief Services "Global Campus" in recognition of Manhattan's commitment to CRS' international relief and development work.
The Campus Ministry Center, known as Cornerstone, is located in Miguel Hall, room 209 with an additional Social Action Suite on the second floor in Kelly Commons. Students are always welcome to drop in and enjoy the comfortable lounges, the library of current periodicals and the private offices where staff members are available for conversation, consultation and pastoral counseling.