STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
The Student Government Association is dedicated to the overall flourishing of the seminary community. It assists the formation faculty on an advisory basis in the formation of the seminary as a Christian community and acts as an appropriate vehicle to carry general student concerns to the faculty and administration. Likewise, the Student Government listens to the concerns of the student body, advocates policies and programs for its benefit, and provides it with opportunities to contribute to and experience the life of the community. The Student Government works principally through its four standing committees, namely the Community Life Committee, the Prayer and Worship Committee, the Social Justice Committee, and the Hispanic Affairs Committee, as well as through the class forums that are held twice each semester.
Membership in the Student Government consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Class Representatives, and the Chairmen of the standing committees. The President of the Student Government and the Committee Chairmen are elected annually by the members of the student body, whereas the Class Representatives are elected by the members of their respective classes. The Secretary and Treasurer are appointed by the President, and the Vice President is elected by the Student Government from among its members.
Members of the Student Government meet every month during the academic year, in the presence of the Rector or his delegate, in order to address outstanding concerns, to discuss budgetary issues, to report on community happenings, and to brainstorm how the community might better engage in the activities of formation.
The 2021-22 Student Government Association
President: Deacon David Schmidt (4-T, Pittsburgh)
Secretary: Dylan Prentice (2-T, Washington)
Treasurer: Deacon Gabe Bouck (4-T, Memphis)
Prayer and Worship Committee: Daniel Roberts (2-T, Pittsburgh)
Community Life Committee: Patrick O’Brien (1-T, Rockville Ctr.)
Social Justice Committee: Jack Kristensen (2-B, New York)
Hispanic Affairs Committee: Cesar Garcia (3-T, Dallas)
- Class Representatives
4th Theology: Deacon John De Guzman (Raleigh)
3rd Theology: Jacob Gruber (Pittsburgh)
2nd Theology: Cole McDowell (Louisville)
1st Theology: Blake Thompson (Ft. Worth)
Pre-Theology: Lam Vo (Portland)
Basselin Scholars: Joseph Krug (Rockville Ctr.)
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Community Life Committee
The Community Life Committee is composed of seminarians interested in creating and fostering fraternity and fellowship through recreational activities to improve the quality of student life. This committee is usually the largest subset of the Student Government Association and as such is responsible for a wide variety of events throughout the academic year including the Fall and Spring house parties, the Super Bowl party, the Iron Seminarian Tournament, and Friday Night Movie Night. Community Life is also responsible for coordinating intramural sports activities and the Vianney Cup Soccer Tournament competition with three other mid-Atlantic seminaries.
Working closely with the formation faculty, Community Life supports the human formation program to help seminarians gain a holistic and communal understanding of the priesthood. Community Life is committed to implementing activities which allow seminarians to cultivate social and interpersonal skills as they constructively enjoy leisure time and grow in appreciation of their interests, talents, and gifts to be shared.
Prayer and Worship Committee
The Prayer and Worship Committee “aids the Student Government and the student community as a whole in the spiritual formation of Theological College as a Christian community in the Roman Catholic tradition” (House Governance Manual, 6). Throughout the year, the Committee oversees various events such as the March for Life Holy Hour, March for Life hospitality, Tenebrae, and the annual Prayer for Christian Unity event. The Committee also facilitates several prayer groups that seminarians are encouraged to take part in: Jesu Caritas, Spiritual Reading Group, Praise and Worship, and Lectio Divina. Other initiatives include sponsoring guest speakers on topics relevant to formation and priesthood and coordinating a pilgrimage to holy sites in Washington, DC, and Maryland.
Social Justice Committee
The mission of the Social Justice Committee is “to promote an awareness of the Church’s social justice principles as well as its structures for achieving those principles on a communal and individual level, and to provide opportunities for applying this knowledge.” The Committee “focuses on the seven key themes of Catholic social teaching as identified by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Call to Family, Community, and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable; the Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers; Solidarity; and the Care for God’s Creation” (Theological College Social Justice Committee, Mission Statement and Scope). The focus, planning and action of the Committee are guided by the Church Universal, the USCCB, the Sulpician Committee on Social Justice, and the Archdiocese of Washington.
The Sulpician guidelines for the academic year are as follows: “It is important to remember the breadth of the Church’s social teaching. The consistent ethic of life and preferential option for the poor are important considerations as people engage in the political process. It is contact with the poor and vulnerable that shapes attitudes and forms the conviction that the these considerations are essential for making ethical decisions in the public realm on matters that affect life at the micro and macro levels.”
The Social Justice Committee seeks to educate the seminary community on faithful citizenship and human rights and dignity concerns; to facilitate community advocacy in response to policy initiatives that directly impact the poor and the most vulnerable; and to collaborate with area non-profit and educational organizations and neighboring parishes to work for justice in the local DC community.
Hispanic Affairs Committee
“Christ gives us the method: ‘Come and see’ (Jn 1:26), ‘Follow me’ (Mt 9:9), ‘Remain in me’ (Jn 15:4), and ‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations’ (Mt 28:19). The method includes encounter, accompany, community, and send.”
(From Living as Missionary Disciples by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Theological College is committed to forming seminarians prepared to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse cultural environment of the USA, with particular attention given to ministering to the Hispanic population, which comprises more than 35 percent of the Catholic Church in America.
The Hispanic Affairs Committee, part of the Student Government Association, organizes Mass and evening prayer in Spanish, Spanish film nights, Hispanic food and fellowship gatherings, and tutoring for those who wish to improve their language skills.