Read what undergraduate students who were involved at the chapel and directly benefitted from your generosity had to say:
Jeff Marrs, Trumbull College 2013, a psychology major from Northern Illinois who was the program committee chairperson on the Undergraduate Council. He was an offensive guard on the Yale Football team. Jeff wrote:
"In my first two years at Yale, I found only one place on campus that I considered my home away from home and that was Saint Thomas More Chapel. STM not only filled many of my spiritual needs but it also had become my place of sanity in the whirlwind of college. Before arriving on campus, I wondered how I could find a group of friends who would be focused on the same set of Catholic values that I hold so dear to my heart and yet I did. My community at STM took ownership of their faith and attempted to live it every day which in turn, elicited from me a desire to live a more faithful life. STM has greatly impacted who I am today and who I will always be."
Chris Sweeney, Berkeley College 2010, was the 2009 Social Activities Chair on the Undergraduate Council (UGC) at Saint Thomas More Chapel. The Social Activities Chair helps plan and coordinate the social events at the center designed to bring in new members and allow current members to enjoy one another's company. Chris also participated in the Small Church Community structure, Cathletics, and was a liturgical minister. Chris majored in economics, was a member of the Varsity Baseball team, was a member of the Kiputh Leadership Academy, and participated in the Yale Sports Empowerment program. Chris wrote:
"I was involved at STM because of the sense of community, which was greater than any other group I had been involved with during my time at Yale. I think that my Yale experience would have been entirely different had I not found my way to STM during my freshman orientation. STM provided me with a strong faith foundation, great friends, mentors and countless ways to serve others. In addition, the Chaplains were always available to talk if I was having a rough day. I will always remember 10:00 pm Mass on Sundays, late night studying in the library during finals (and maybe sneaking down to the dining hall for a snack), the renovation and re-dedication of the chapel, and all of the excellent speakers. Thank you!"
Marysa Leya, Silliman College 2011, was the 2009 Spirituality Chair/Strategic Planning Committee Representative for the Undergrad Council at STM. In addition, Marysa was a lector at Mass and was a member of the Alternative Spring Break to Lima, Peru. Marysa majored in molecular, cellular & developmental biology, was a co-captain of the Women's Club Tennis Team, the Secretary for the Polish Society, and volunteered in the Emergency Department at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Marysa wrote:
"STM has been such an integral part of my Yale experience that I can't imagine Yale without it. STM has made Yale a richer experience because it gave me a chance not only to grow in academics, but also my relationship with God and with others. I met many of my closest friends at STM, and it gave me a chance to grow as an adult in the Church. I was also able to engage in enriching dialogue with people from different faith backgrounds and learn what faith meant to them, what challenges it posed and how it impacted their lives. I greatly valued the vibrant, committed, and enthusiastic community that was apparent, not only at Mass, but in the many activities offered. I know I will always remember the incredible friends I made, the community members I have met, the 10 pm Mass, the Undergrad Council meetings, going to Peru, the Soup Kitchen, and the fact that STM felt like a second home and family. Thank you!"