Definition and Purpose: The Samaritans is an
organization sponsored by University Ministry at Saint Leo
University. It is an ecumenical organization, enabling students of
all faiths and traditions to work together to build the community
of Saint Leo University through social, spiritual, and volunteer
service opportunities, therefore, creating a better world community
in living out their motto: “Wherever You Are, Make A
Membership: Membership to the Samaritans is
extended to any student of Saint Leo University. All students may
and are invited to attend any Samaritan meeting and all sponsored
activities. This open membership is extended throughout the school
year. Students who are members of The Samaritans are encouraged to
invite other students to attend the Samaritan meetings, all
functions, and invite students to chair various committees. Faculty
members and staff may also attend Samaritans’ meetings, volunteer
projects, and events.
Meetings: General meetings are held on Tuesday
at 6 p.m. in the University Ministry conference room. You may
e-mail Jessica Cannon if you would like to read the minutes to
learn about events. To join, simply show up to a meeting or contact
The Samaritan’s Garment
A cloth is born out of green dye, then pressed with a white
Many would think this is a complete Samaritans shirt, but the
few that wear them know this shirt has yet to be completed.
It is missing the paint blotches that have fallen from a brush
which swept across a new house for a homeless family.
It lacks the glitter and glue from the artwork of once sad and
It still requires the sweat stains from carrying and packing
food and clothes, as well as hope for the future, for families who
have nothing else to rely on.
The shirt would be incomplete without coffee stains, a constant
reminder of a moment where freedom of expression was not only
practiced, but enjoyed.
I can’t imagine a Samaritan shirt that hasn’t been smeared with
Sodexho’s frosting, because sometimes Foster children prefer to
decorate cookies with that thick layer of sugar and have YOU eat
it…again, and again, and again.
The shoulders of Samaritan shirts have been burdened with the
weight of many tears: Tears of pain, tears of teenagers who have
discovered for the first time that there are people who love and
care for them. Tears of joy from an elderly woman’s face after she
realized that someone has finally come to visit her. Tears that
have fallen from the Samaritan’s own faces. Tears that fell in
foreign lands for children who have nothing and are happy to have a
Sticky markings can be found on the garment that brings a subtle
reminder of the laughter that can come from making sandwiches with
peanut butter, jelly, and love.
All of this is not only held together with the woven cotton, but
also with a special strength from the person who wears it. A
strength which is formed from many confrontations with a cold
shoulder. It is a strength that continues on with money requests
and sign up sheets no matter how many “no’s' are heard.
It is a strength that is built from character. The kind of
character found in a person who knows that there is more to the
college experience than drinking.
And when all this happens, the green may fade and the white
might be scrapped up or blotched, but one thing is remembered:
Wherever it was, it made a difference.