This Advent season, we’re offering weekly reflections prepared by leading lights of the Boston College community. Each Sunday, we’ll share the reflection of a student or alumnus, contemplating the mysteries of the season and the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Second Sunday of Advent

"I hope that we can continue to do the inward work of preparing for Christmas, but also that we can play a small part in helping others to do the same…Our participation in a community of faith prepares an even greater path for Christ—not only in our own hearts, but in those around us.”


Dennis Wieboldt ’22, MA’23

Dennis Wieboldt ’22, MA’23

Dennis Wieboldt is an MA candidate in United States history at Boston College, where he studies the relationship between law, politics, and religion in the twentieth century. A native of central New Jersey, Dennis also earned his BA from Boston College in 2022. Having been involved in the work of the Church in the 21st Century Center since his freshman year, he now serves as a member of the Center's Advisory Committee.

First Sunday of Advent

“In the absence of this unmistakable presence of God, I was tasked to awaken. Where could I find God in the ordinary? Whether it came in the form of blowing off steam with a co-worker who I knew was struggling, laughing with a deskmate after a cold call gone wrong, or talking openly about imposter syndrome with other young women, when I chose to pay attention, there was no shortage of places to find God.”


Sarah Hansman ’18,STM’25

Sarah Hansman ’18, MDiv’25

Sarah Hansman graduated from Boston College in 2018 with a BA in theology. Upon graduation, she worked in tech sales at Dell Technologies and VMware. After much discernment, Sarah returned to BC’s School of Theology and Ministry to begin studies for her masters of divinity. In her free time, Sarah works as the development manager for the Women's Foundation of Boston and is involved with BC's Kairos program, as well as the PULSE service learning program.

Boston College C21 Advent Calendar

Celebrate the season of Advent with the Church in the 21st Century Center's 2022 Advent Calendar. A different resource will be unlocked each day of the season, so bookmark the page and visit daily.

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Pray It Forward

During Advent, the Church in the 21st Century Center is launching an opportunity for BC Alumni, family, and friends to pray together each week. Join us on Zoom, Wednesdays at 4–4:15 p.m. (EST).

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