The purpose of the Hill-Murray Campus Ministry department is to support students in their journey of faith, through sacramental celebrations and prayer services, pastoral care, peer ministry, prayer and service opportunities. Campus Ministers, the school Chaplain, and our Religious Studies department work together toward fulfilling our school strategic plan and school mission regarding living out the gospel call.
All-school Mass and Prayer services are an important part of the Hill-Murray experience. We gather regularly as a school community for vibrant worship lead by our Chaplain and student leaders called Peer Ministers. Prayer experiences are designed to reach our students where they are and give them a sense of communion with God and with one another. Our worship schedule reflects the Liturgical calendar, giving our students opportunities to receive the sacraments and experience the seasons of the Church.
- Why do we offer Mass?
- How often do we offer Mass?
- Who participates in the Mass and prayer services?
- What if students are interested in additional opportunities to explore and deepen their faith?
- What if I'm not Catholic?
- Do you provide instruction for non-Catholics regarding Mass?
The entire community gathers for prayer as a sign of our desire to grow closer to God and one another.Our prayer incorporates our rich Catholic tradition and at same time is respectful and sensitive to those who are of other traditions and backgrounds.We invite each person to spiritual growth in his or her life journey.Parents and alumni are welcome to join us for prayer.
All are welcome to attend Mass to receive God’s Word in the Scriptures and to pray together. Even as we seek Christian unity, other Christian denominations have different beliefs about the Eucharist / Communion. Out of respect for those differences, non-Catholics and Catholics who are not prepared to receive Communion are asked to come forward for a blessing.
Hill-Murray students have a unique opportunity to go on retreats, setting time aside to encounter the Lord in a deeper way, grow in faith and grow in our desire to serve our neighbor. Retreats typically include the celebration of Mass, songs of praise and worship, reflections and guided discussions from the Campus Ministry team, team-building exercises and small group discussions led by Peer Ministers. Each grade goes on one retreat during the school year, and there are additional options during the summer for Peer Ministers, the Service team, and other groups.
Peer Ministry is a group a students who have heard the call to faith leadership and have come forward to lead. These students have a passion for sharing their faith in Christ, and through their training in ministry skills, they encourage others in their own walk of faith. They assist at Mass, share their faith on retreats, lead service outings, and provide leadership during their daily activities. Sophomores and juniors apply for Peer Ministry in the spring and are selected based upon their application and an interview with a Campus Ministry leader.
The Campus Ministry office is a safe place for students when they need support from a trusted, caring adult. Campus Ministers can connect students with other resources that might be helpful such as a prayer book, an opportunity to serve in the community, or a referral to a religious counselor who might be helpful.