Hilbert College Leadership Group Helping Veterans

The Hilbert College Leadership Scholarship Program is helping to raise money for the Buffalo Stand Down. The Buffalo Stand Down is an event that serves as kickstart for at-risk veterans and homeless veterans to get back on their feet and live a fulfilling life. Throughout the duration of the event, veterans will receive a number of services that include immediate housing availability, free haircuts, free food, on site health care and medical referrals, legal services, education and employment opportunities and more. This event is phenomenal opportunity for veterans to receive the help and care they need in order to live a better life.

The group is raising money through fundraising, donations and sponsorships as well as gathering volunteers to help work the event.  Click here for information on the fundraiser. 

For more information on how you can help contact Ryan Perrin – rperrin16@hilbert.edu

Hilbert Student Awarded Jacquie Walker Scholarship

Hilbert business management student Lauren Carlin was presented was the $5,000 AAUW Jacquie Walker Scholarship.  This is the ninth year the scholarship has been awarded to an area student who excels in academics and in community service.

Lauren says: “One of my favorite quotes is by St. Francis of Assisi: ‘It is in giving, that we receive.’ I really believe in that quote and how me giving my time, my energy can make a positive difference in people who need the help.”

The AAUW presents the scholarship in the name of News Four’s Jacquie Walker to honor her commitment to serving the WNY community. Applications, which include grade transcripts, essays, and recommendations, are judged by a panel of AAUW members.

Lauren presented with the scholarship on WIVB News 4 — http://wivb.com/2017/09/20/aauw-book-sale-pays-off-in-local-scholarship-dollars/ 

Jeff Papia Reflects on Franciscan Pilgrimage

By Nicholas Clay, Hilbert Senior, Sports Industry Management Major


Jeff Papia, Director of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry at Hilbert College, experienced the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare during an 11-day Franciscan Pilgrimage to visit many of the places that Francis lived.  Jeff traveled with other affiliates of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU), through the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program for Educators, Alumni, and Staff of Franciscan Colleges and Universities.

“Joining other members of the AFCU to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare was an experience that will remain with me forever. Standing in those sacred places made us feel as if we had a personal relationship with Francis and Clare. I learned more about the Franciscan movement in 10 days than a book or lecture could ever provide.”

The trip began with a three-day stay in Rome, where the group visited two major sites, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. John Lateran. The pilgrims attended a mass at the Altar of John XXIII, which was followed by a tour of the Basilica. The following day they listened to the Pope during his weekly Papal Audience, in which the AFCU group was announced over the loud speaker as each visiting organization is broadcasted.  Jeff snapped this photo with his phone, as he was just five feet away from Pope Francis.

Following their stay in Rome, the group moved on to Greccio, where in 1223, Francis celebrated Christmas and began the practice of displaying the Christmas nativity scene.

Following the brief stop in Greccio, they spent the remaining eight days in Assisi – the city where St. Francis and St. Clare were born.  Jeff and the group toured the tombs of these two Saints and several places around the city where Francis had worked and lived.  They visited San Damiano, where Francis prayed and heard the voice of Christ say, “Francis, go, rebuild my house.”  He restored this church by begging for stones in Assisi.  They also visited the Porziuncula, which became the center of the Franciscan movement, where Francis obtained the Pardon of Assisi and now, we celebrate the Feast of the Pardon each year.  This is also where Francis died on October 3, 1226.

“At the tomb of St. Francis, during the Prayer of the Faithful, one member of each institution named their college or university aloud,” Jeff said.  “It was a privilege to pray for Hilbert College at the tomb of St. Francis.”

As Jeff reflects on his journey through the eyes of St. Francis and St. Clare, he holds the memories, which will last a lifetime, close to his heart.

“My most memorable experiences were the celebrations of Mass inside St. Peter’s Basilica at the tomb of John XXIII, inside the Porziuncula, and at both the tomb of St. Francis and the tomb of St. Clare,” Jeff said. “Thousands upon thousands of people visit these spots every year, but we had the opportunity to be still and pray with our community of fellow pilgrims.”

He continued, “On a personal note, my wife and I have had a devotion to St. Francis and St. Clare for our entire lives. To share this experience together, particularly at San Damiano, is a grace and a blessing we could have never earned or deserved.”

“Finally, I went on this pilgrimage expecting to discover more about St. Francis and I certainly did. However, in a surprising way, I ended up discovering St. Clare and hope to bring her life and her spirit back to Hilbert with me.”

2017 Commencement Live Streaming Video

Hilbert College is pleased to announce that the school’s 56th Annual Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2017 will be streamed live on the internet.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that Hilbert’s commencement ceremony will be available for live online viewing.  The ceremony will be streamed using Boxcast technology.

Commencement begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg.  We are happy to be able to provide this free streaming and encourage you to share the link with friends and family who may not be in attendance at the church.

Click here for live stream >>>  

(live stream will begin at 12:50 pm)

Young Life Heads to New Orleans

Spring break is upon us! What are your plans this spring break? Keeping true to their Franciscan identity, 10 Hilbert College students plan to volunteer their time this break to help rebuild housing in New Orleans, Louisiana from the lingering devastation from Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters. The student organization, Young Life, will be representing Hilbert College for its second year in New Orleans while serving with an organization called Saint Bernard Project.

Saint Bernard Project (SBP) is a non-profit organization established in March 2006 to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina within St. Bernard Parish, located in Southeast Louisiana. A little more than 11 years later and there are still and estimated 3,000 families in New Orleans whose homes are in need of repair. To date, SBP has rebuilt nearly 700 homes in New Orleans and lends its helping hand in 11 US states.

Students will spend their days hard at work, doing varying tasks from carpentry and construction to demolition and landscaping. As these students prepare to leave on Saturday March 4th, they ask for your prayers and good intentions to accompany them. Follow along in their journey by keeping tabs on #HilbertNOLA17 on Twitter and Instagram!

If you wish to learn more about these students’ journeys, email Jpeters@hilbert.edu for more information!

Photos from last year’s trip

Hilbert Students Help “Pack-A-Plane”

Hilbert College business club, ENACTUS, helped organized the collection of educational commodities to be delivered to those in need in and around the city of Bani in the Dominican Republic. The plane was packed and took off from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Friday, February 17.  Hilbert College students Lauren Carlin, Maggie Colern, and Calista Mis toured the Air Force Base and watched the plane take off for the Dominican Republic.

In total, more than 5,400 lbs. of goods, valued at over $13,000 will be delivered.  Some of the items include; composition notebooks, paper, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, athletic equipment, and more.