Campus Ministry

The National Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote a pastoral letter in 1985 entitled, "Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future."  The bishops state their vision of Campus Ministry as: "Campus Ministry gathers the Catholics on Campus for prayer, worship, and learning in order that they might bring the light of the Gospel to illumine the concerns and hopes of the academic community."  In this spirit, the goals of Campus Ministry are:

  • to form a faith community on campus

  • to assist in the formation of the Catholic conscience of our students, 
    faculty, staff and administration

  • to aid in making social justice an integral part of the school's mission

  • to help form future leaders for Church and society

  • to ensure the Catholic identity of the school

 

The Campus Ministry department works to achieve these goals utilizing the following methods:

  • monthly school-wide Masses

  • daily Mass

  • first Friday Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament

  • student and faculty Opportunities for Spiritual Growth

  • celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Advent, Lent and First Friday)

  • sacramental preparation

  • collections for charity

  • Community Service Program

  • pastoral counseling and spiritual direction

  • student-centered support groups

  • peer ministry (transfer student orientation)

  • school-parish relationship

Various opportunities are provided for faith development and service both within the school setting and through extracurricular activies. Experiences in prayer, both individual and communal, are offered to foster a deep, lasting friendship with our Lord, and to grow in healthy spiritual relationships with their peers. The ultimate goal of our program is prepare students to continue to live and share their faith in word and action throughout their lives.

Faith development takes on many forms: worship and liturgy, sacremental preparation, retreats, spirituality, formation for leadership, spiritual direction, community building, social activities, and Christian Service outreach. A vibrant faith extends beyond the walls of a classroom and chapel and determines how we live our lives.

Eucharist: "The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian Life." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1324). The Liturgy of the Eucharist (the Mass) is celebrated monthly for the enire student body and daily for those who wish to attend.

Adoration and Benediction: "Sacraments are powers that come forth from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1116). Opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction are offered every First Friday through Religion classes, which provides time for all students to experience guided meditations and quiet, personal prayer.

Sacrment of Reconciliation: "The whole power of the Sacrmenet of Penance consists in resotring us to God's grace and joining us with Him in an intimate friendship." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1468). The Sacrment of Reconciliation is offered for the students during Advent and Lent, during Lunch mods on Wednesday and throughout the entire day on First Fridays. We are blessed to have a full time priest chaplain availble for Confession and spiritual guidance. Additionally, students may request an appoint with the Chaplain before/after school, or during their Religion class.

Additionally, the Campus Ministry department works collaboratively with our Religion department. Together we play an important role in helping our students experience living and learning, fully integrated in the light of faith. Employing a variety of learning methods, the program's goals are:

  • to empower our adolescents to become disciples of Jesus who witness to their beliefs by living lives of faith, hope and charity.

  • to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person entrusted to our care.

  • to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the faith community.

 

As technology becomes more prevalent in the lives of young people, the USCCB has developed a website that addresses social media and digital citizenship. Click HERE to learn more