What is Montserrat?
Montserrat is an office in the Division of Mission and Ministry that supports students at the highest level of financial need on campus. Our name and mission arose from the history of St. Ignatius. Following the injury St. Ignatius sustained in battle, he ventured on a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat in Spain. Laying down his arms, St. Ignatius spent the night confessing before the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat which had been darkened by years of soot from candlelight. It was after this night of confession at Montserrat that St. Ignatius set out to Manresa where he would develop his Spiritual Exercises and found the Jesuit order.
Our initiative began in 2008 with the combined efforts of students, faculty and administrators to provide free entrance to a limited number of social events on campus. As the program expanded, Montserrat began offering free tickets to many more campus events such as sporting events, dances, concerts, movie premiers, cultural events, and theater productions. Additionally,Montserrat has assisted students with funding for EMT courses, retreats, service programs, independent study, and research.
The Montserrat Office continues to grow and work to build a more just and welcoming community for students of all economic backgrounds at Boston College. We currently serve about 1400 Montserrat students, which makes up roughly 15% of the undergraduate student body at Boston College.
How are students selected?
Consideration for Montserrat is based on a student's individual financial need. The Office of Financial Aid designates which students qualify as Montserrat students. It is important to note that should your student's financial aid package change from one year to the next and they fall out of the "Montserrat range", they will still remain a Montserrat student throughout their career.
How does the program work?
After a student is determined to be eligible for Montserrat through their financial aid application process, they will be contacted by the Montserrat team. Students are informed of the areas of support, potential services, and free tickets provided by Montserrat via e-mail. Students must pick up tickets in person from the Montserrat office and meet with a member of our staff to receive any specific resource. One of the main objectives of the program is to ensure that students are experiencing and participating in life at Boston College. All students are encouraged to explore the BC motto of “cura personalis," the development of the whole person. Montserrat believes in providing students with access to explore the "social, spiritual, and intellectual" areas of the university as well as support to face the perceived and real barriers with which the financially strained Montserrat students encounter.
Montserrat provides a safe and confidential environment for all students to express their struggles, find a supportive community, and easy access to a network of BC administrators who understand their specific needs.