|Sr. Mary Rochefort|
While she currently works as the associate vice president for mission integration, St. Mary has been a part of the CSS community for over 50 years. In her role, Sr. Mary aims to help individuals understand the Catholic Benedictine tradition of the college and how that tradition plays a role today. According to Sr. Mary, “spirituality is a personal journey of self-discovery and understanding our connection with others and the world around us.” Although it is often the case, spirituality does not necessarily correlate with religion. Spirituality can be practiced in all sorts of ways including meditating, exercising yoga, praying, journaling, reading scripture passages, and appreciating nature by spending time outside. Seeking spirituality helps us to integrate and center ourselves in this busy, fast-paced world. One key element of spirituality, as introduced by Saint Benedict, is to simply pay attention to the seemingly ordinary, everyday things in our lives. Taking the time to listen to ourselves, others, the nature around us, and God can aid in the discoveries of our inner self and our overall direction in life.