Ministry & Service
Campus Ministry is a vital component of the Saint Francis program, promoting the school’s Catholic Christian values and Holy Cross mission by unifying the community through liturgies, retreats, service activities, immersion programs and prayer. In the tradition of Holy Cross, Campus Ministry’s programs are inclusive of all faith backgrounds and designed to make every student feel comfortable and welcome. Led by the Chaplain and the Director of Campus Ministry, the Campus Ministry staff also includes four Associate Campus Ministers and an administrative assistant.
Students are given endless opportunities for leadership roles in the Campus Ministry programs. Through the Ignite Youth Group, which meets weekly in the evening, students share their faith, pray, plan service opportunities and participate in planning masses, the "Jesus:Reframed" retreat and prayer services. Student involvement helps make liturgies meaningful to students and reflective of the challenges teens face today. Students can also lead their peers as Holy Cross senior retreat leaders. By serving in this capacity, seniors help their classmates step away from their daily activities and evaluate what is most important in their lives.
Fulfillment often comes when we reach out and help others. At Saint Francis, our balanced Holy Cross education provides students with opportunities to grow in faith and spirit. Our Campus Ministry programs include retreats, sacramental celebrations, Lenten projects, service projects and immersion trips. These programs allow students to put their faith into action, celebrate their beliefs and become community stewards. Whether working with families within our local community or traveling globally, students gain a better perspective of the world around them.
These experiences are a safe opportunity for students to reach beyond their comfort levels and gain a firsthand understanding of how faith and support can create positive change throughout the world. In addition to developing a broader understanding of the world, Campus Ministry programs give students context for their faith development and inspiration to do more in life.
10 Worldwide Campus Ministry Immersions
Faith & Reflection
Inspiration is found all around us. In the tradition of Holy Cross, Saint Francis welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. All students are invited to participate in Campus Ministry’s programs. We are proud to be a community that respects and celebrates religious diversity.
The entire Saint Francis community comes together once a month to celebrate Eucharistic liturgies and prayer services. In addition, all students are invited to attend morning collaboration liturgies, which are more intimate services intended to provide students with a personal time for prayer and reflection. Students also have opportunities to participate in the sacraments of Reconciliation and Confirmation.
Spiritual development is an integral part of the Holy Cross experience. Our retreat programs give students an opportunity to step away from everyday routines of school and understand the importance of reflection and prayer.
• Freshman Welcome Day Retreat
• Freshman Service Learning Day
• Sophomore Service Learning Day
• Junior Overnight Retreat
• Senior Holy Cross Two-Night Retreat
Service is a cornerstone of our Holy Cross Service Program and is a graduation requirement that encourages the development of each student’s social conscience. Our program places students in direct contact with various populations of people in need. Students become empowered to bring hope to others and grow from experiences of working with children, people with disabilities, the elderly and the economically poor.
The fact that most students exceed the required minimum 50 hours of service in the four-year program underscores its success. Annually, our students contribute nearly 40,000 hours of community service.