Development and Alumni Relations
STM hosts first Annual Fall Gathering
St. Thomas More College began a new tradition this fall with the inaugural STM Fall Gathering on Oct. 1, 2022.
The showcase annual event will celebrate the College’s alumni, donors and friends and will also feature the presentation of the STM Alumni of Distinction Awards.
This year’s Fall Gathering began with a Celebration of Faith in the STM Chapel in the afternoon, and included an honour song performed by Qwaydin Spotted Blue Jay Linklater, from Sturgeon Lake First Nation.
The day also included a self-guided Art & Architecture tour, which allowed returning alumni wander the halls of the College to see the many changes that have occurred over the year as the needs of its students have changed, as well as to appreciate the many significant pieces of artwork that grace the rooms and hallways.
The Alumni of Distinction awards took place in the Shannon Library, with presentations made for 2020, 2021 and 2022 in a year when the College community was finally able to gather again after the interruption of the pandemic.
Dr. Tammy Marche, Dean of STM, said the stories of the distinguished alumni being honoured shows that the College’s graduates are indeed going out into the world and exploring faith, reason and justice, while also unselfishly serving others.
“The contributions each of these six award recipients has made to their communities does honour to the College, and we are grateful for the opportunity to show our appreciation to them at this event,” said Dr. Marche. “The College has seen many changes over the years, but our mission and values have not changed and are very much alive today, as they always have been – in our students, faculty, staff, and our alumni.”
Each award recipient was introduced by Veronica Lucas, recent graduate and a member of the STM Newman Alumni Association.
Honoured from 2020 were Mary Donlevy-Konkin and Richard Lucas. From 2021 were alumni Rita Gillies and Fr. Emile April, who sent his regrets. The 2022 Distinguished Alumni being honoured were Louise Tessier and Dr. Thomas Deutscher, who was nominated posthumously. Accepting on his behald was his wife, Marci Deutscher.
“What a gift it is to once again be able to enjoy in-person events, where we can laugh together, pray together, and embrace our shared connection to the STM community,” said Kari Sinkewicz, Manager of Development and Alumni Relations. “We enjoyed outstanding attendance at the inaugural STM Annual Fall Gathering, with several guests travelling from out of province to join us. We are looking forward to an even larger contingent next year, of alumni, donors and friends of the College to celebrate the announcement of the new Distinguished Alumni.”
2019 Christmas Reception
Thursday, December 5, 2019
More than 60 alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the college gathered in the Shannon Library for a Christmas Reception hosted by the Development Office. The best part of the holiday season might be the chance we enjoy to reconnect with friends and loved ones.
That joyful feeling was in the air on Dec. 5, when the STM Development office hosted a Christmas Reception in the Shannon Library for friends of the college. On hand were many loyal alumni, donors and community friends, as well as staff, faculty and students. Everyone enjoyed the delicious fare prepared by Chef Chris Daniels Jones and the Choices staff, and the enchanting music provided by harpist Chris Lindgren. Thanks to all the friends of STM who came out to share their friendship .Please enjoy the slideshow (1:00 min.) from the evening:
2019 Red Mass
Thursday, November 28, 2019
A celebration to invoke the inpsiration of the Holy Spirit on those of all faiths involved in the administration of justice in our community. This event is hosted by the St. Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Saskatoon with the support of the STM College Development Office.
GUEST SPEAKER: The Hon. Chief Justice Robert G. Richards, Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan
SPECIAL GUEST: Most Reverend Mark Hagemoen, Roman Catholic Bishop of Saskatoon
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the STM Chapel at 5:30 pm. Following Mass, a banquet and program was held in STM’s cafeteria beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Red Mass was introduced in England in 1310, during the reign of Edward I. It is celebrated now, as it was then, to invoke the inspiration of the Holy Spirit on behalf of those involved in the administration of justice.
Each fall STM collaborates with members of the St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild, and the wider legal community, to celebrate Red Mass. The St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Saskatoon was incorporated in June 2002 by a group of local Catholic lawyers. The Guild seeks to foreground integrity and the highest ethical standards in the practice of law, as well as the administration of justice, as exemplified by its namesake St. Thomas More.
Each year members of the Lawyers’ Guild generously purchase tickets for students who are currently enrolled in the College of Law or considering enrollment. Students greatly appreciate this kind gesture. They enjoy the presentation and the opportunity to network with the legal community.
2018 President's Gala
June 8, 2018
The St. Thomas More College (STM) President’s Gala was held June 8, 2018 in the Adam Ballroom of the Delta Bessborough Hotel. The evening included a Champagne reception on the outdoor terrace, four course gourmet dinner and a special performance by world renowned artist Anna Maria Kaufmann, Tenor Jorge Jimenez, Rene Giesen, and several other musicians. The Gala proceeds will support STM student scholarships and bursaries.
Special guest, Anna Maria Kaufmann is a world-renowned artist, whose accomplished career includes lead roles in some of the most celebrated musicals of our time and noted success with a triple platinum album. Anna Maria is a celebrated artist in Europe for her beautiful and captivating voice, merging classical and pop music.
President Terrence Downey began his first term as President of St. Thomas More College in 2011. Under Dr. Downey’s progressive leadership STM has experienced continued growth and transformation. In July of 2018, Dr. Downey retired.
2018 Red Mass
Nov. 19, 2018
GUEST SPEAKER:Dr. Peter Stoicheff President, University of Saskatchewan
SPECIAL GUESTS: Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Bishop Bryan Bayda, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon