Grow in your Faith
The office of campus ministry, located in the Foley Campus Ministry Center in the Stoltz Student Life Wing of Mary Frances Hall, is a component of the mind, body, spirit wellness that Clarke believes in. It supports a student’s spiritual wellness through its mission:
Mission Statement: The office of campus ministry exists to walk with people in their faith journeys, wherever that is and whatever that looks like to them, as they mature in understanding, grow in practice, and begin to walk with others in their journeys.
Campus ministry at Clarke is rooted in the university’s Catholic identity and its BVM core values, while also being welcoming, supportive, and open to walking with people of all faith and spiritual beliefs. It fosters the spiritual life of each member of the community by building and empowering the community of faith through its ministry of presence and programming.
Campus Ministry provides a ministry of presence through its staff who build relationships with the students, staff, and faculty and who offer support during stressful times or times of grief. It is also from the many student leaders who have been called and trained to walk with their peers in their daily lives through campus ministry programs. Lastly, the ministry is present through its two prayer spaces on campus: a prayer/mediation room in the campus ministry offices open 24/7 and the Sacred Heart Chapel located next to the atrium.
The Sacred Heart Chapel Schedule: The Chapel is open for everyone’s prayer or contemplation needs when the Atrium is open. Campus Mass is held on Sundays at 5 pm (music practice at 4:15 pm) and on Wednesdays and Thursday at 12:20 pm. Midday Prayer is on Mon, Tues, and Fri from noon until 12:30 pm. Confession is on Wednesdays from noon until 12:15 pm or by appointment (588-6631). Campus Ministry also assists students, staff or faculty to find, connect and attend local faith communities.
Everyone is welcome to attend any campus ministry event. Some of the events include: spiritual enrichment experiences, social justice programs, global awareness opportunities, social gatherings, spiritual direction, Peace and Justice Week, “Espresso Your Faith Questions” about different religions and visits to local religious communities and places of worship. The creation of new programs and events by others is encouraged and will be supported however they need. Three programs of many campus ministry wants to highlight are:
Small Groups: Student-led faith-sharing small groups meet at various locations around campus for an hour once a week. There, students delve deeper into their faith lives with each other and with fellow students trained to walk with people on that journey. Contact campus ministry if you are interested in joining a small group.
Retreats: Campus ministry retreats encourage students to grow in their spiritual lives. Some retreats occur over a week or weekend, others for just an afternoon or an evening. Our Antioch retreat is student led and a great chance to hear authentic talks from peers and openly discuss faith life. Our Busy Person’s Retreat allows students to work the retreat into their schedule around their own commitments.
Service Trips: Campus Ministry hosts a Fall Break 3-day service trip and a Spring Break 5-7 day service trip each year to various locations across the country. These trips allow participants the opportunity to experience life in some else’s shoes and provide service where it is most needed. Past trips have been to: Cincinnati, Memphis, Milwaukee, Chicago, New Orleans and Quito, Ecuador.