Student Life in Campus Ministry
Catholic Campus Ministry is a home away from home for many of our students. The Catholic Student Center & Chapel is open most days during the week. Students often drop by to spend quiet prayer time in the chapel, visit with friends, study, do homework, talk to the campus minister, or relax by the fireplace with a cup of coffee. Our student center is equipped with a full kitchen, smart TV, Blu Ray player, coffee bar, and is well stocked with many good Catholic books and magazines.
The programs and activities we offer are designed to help students “run the bases” of the campus ministry baseball diamond.
EVANGELIZING efforts are designed to foster an encounter with Jesus Christ that leads to authentic interior conversion. These efforts are the missionary dimension of catechesis (General Directory for Catechesis 58). We encourage our active students to evangelize others on campus through personal invitation and building relationships.
ESTABLISHING is our second baseline. Our faith needs to be continually nourished so as to put down roots. This stage is principally defined by the task of catechesis, “initiating [new believers] into the knowledge of faith and apprenticeship in the Christian life” (General Directory for Catechesis 56).
EQUIPPING is the third baseline. We help our students to discover the unique gifts and charisms given them by God, and help them to discern their particular vocation. “Catechesis nourished not only the life of faith but equips it to explain itself to the world” (General Directory for Catechesis 85).
ENGAGING is the final baseline. It is important that our students, once evangelized with the gospel message, established in the faith, and equipped with knowledge of their charisms, go out and engage the world. They become the evangelizers.
These “baselines” are accomplished in many ways in our community, including Sunday Mass, catechesis, fellowship dinners, small group Bible studies, retreats, peer ministry leadership training, service to the community and more!