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CARiTAS

Community Advancement Resources in Training Assessment and Service program

CARiTAS

We don’t have to look far in our world today, whether it be on a global scale or in our own communities, to see want and need incarnate in our neighbor.

The Mount Community Advancement Resources in Training Assessment and Service (CARiTAS) program seeks to respond to that need through our efforts to mobilize all in our community to serve, especially through our relationship with community partners.

Our immediate area is blessed with many high-quality selfless organizations that minister to the needs of the least among us. Mount CARiTAS seeks to generate the information required to identify need, place resources of the university in the hands of those organizations, and raise awareness of the issues facing our community as we live out our mission as a Catholic liberal arts university.

For more information on how you can get involved, contact CARiTAS today.

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About CARiTAS

The mission of CARiTAS is building community through serving one another in support of the common good.

Objectives

  1. Generate high quality local research related to ongoing issues in our area and at the request of our community partners.
  2. Explore how we can deploy the resources of the university to support the ongoing work of our community partners.
  3. Engage the Mount community by raising awareness of the needs and services related to our immediate area.

Where did the name CARiTAS come from?

“Caritas,” the latin root of charity embodies the totality of love, a love that wills the good of the other with no expectation of anything in return. St. Paul clarifies what is required of this love in the thirteenth chapter of Corinthians saying:

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Cor. 13:4-8, NAB)

This standard of love is truly transformative, both as individuals and as a community of persons. This love is dynamic and engaging. Pope Benedict XVI challenges us to act saying that “Love – caritas – is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace. It is a force that has its origin in God, Eternal Love, and Absolute Truth” (Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2009). Thus, we are all called to put our love into action! Mount CARiTAS seeks to uphold this vision of love by helping our community better identify and understand the need that exists among us, and to engage with one another in meaningful service for the betterment of all.

How does CARiTAS work?

Mount CARiTAS seeks to develop high quality research on a local level that empowers leaders in our community to properly identify and address the current needs. Mount CARiTAS works directly with our community partners to connect them to various resources available on campus including the development and delivery of training in the form of workshops on a range of topics. Mount CARiTAS also provides research support to collect and analyze data pertinent to the mission of our community partners.

Mount CARiTAS also, in conjunction with the Mount’s Office of Social Justice, aids organizations in securing the often much needed volunteer pool to help their organizations function at peak capacity.

Finally, Mount CARiTAS seeks to inspire everyone in the Mount community to explore how individually, and collectively, we can live out our call to model the life of significance we aspire to instill in our graduates.

Who does CARiTAS work with?

Community Partners

CARiTAS works with the following partners in our local communities:

Seton Center, Inc.

Emmitsburg, Maryland

Thurmont Food Bank

Thurmont, Maryland

Thurmont Teen FUSE Center

Thurmont, Maryland

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Census 2020 Count the Mount Campaign!

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CARiTAS Mathew 25 Series

Matthew 25 Series

The 25 Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew issues the commandment to care for one another, especially the least among us. Unfortunately, many of us all too often fail to see Christ in those around us. In response to this Gospel mandate, Mount CARiTAS is launching the Matthew 25 Series where we will highlight the needs of those in our communities over a series of initiatives corresponding to the framework defined by our Lord in the Gospel of Matthew.

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