TO BE A PIONEER: SEEKING & SERVING
What, dear friends, is more delightful than this voice of the Lord calling to us?
~ Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue 19
The purpose of the Hill-Murray Campus Ministry department is to encourage community members to hear and respond to the voice of God in their lives. In the rich tradition of our Catholic faith and in line with our Benedictine and LaSallian traditions and charisms, we encourage each of our students in an authentic walk of faith regardless of their background. We recognize the call of Jesus for each of us to be servant leaders and to be “good news” to the world. We fulfill this call by putting our God-given gifts to use in service to others. 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.
Recent research suggests that passing on a vibrant, living faith to our youth is most effective when students are provided with some specific types of experiences and formation. With this research in mind, our approach to ministry centers on providing students with:
- Discipleship skills for daily living- supporting their relationship with Christ
- Preparation to face real life questions and issues
- Opportunities to put their unique gifts to use in meaningful ways
- Meaningful Prayer and Service experiences
- Strategies for understanding and integrating faith and scripture into daily life
- Meaningful interaction and relationships with parents and other faithful adults
Sacramental Celebrations - Prayer Services
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. We gather as a school community for communal prayer eleven times. Additional opportunities are provided for students who wish to attend Mass and prayer more regularly.
Hill-Murray has a proud tradition of community service. Jesus’ example of loving others is a core value we strive to live out in concrete ways. While many of our students go far beyond our service requirement of two service experiences a year, the requirement exists to highlight the importance of service. The Campus Ministry department offers regular service opportunities as well as educational programs to assist students in learning and living out the Catholic Social Teachings. On average there are five service opportunities offered each month and over the course of the year students serve at fifteen different local service agencies. Hill-Murray students complete over five thousand service hours extending the love of Christ to the broader world.
Each class has a retreat day during the school year. Retreats build class unity and give students a chance to learn, discuss and live out their faith in a more informal setting. Retreats themes vary by grade but regardless of the theme, students can count on having fun, praying together, engaging in some teachings and experiences that encourage them in their faith, and growing closer to their classmates and to God.
- Grades 6 & 7: Fully Alive / In His Image
- Grade 8: Living the Beatitudes
- Grade 9: Seeking, Finding, and Going in Christ
- Grade 10: Living Faith - Applied to Life
- Grade 11: Faith in Action
- Grade 12: Roots & Wings - Wisdom
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 passionate faith in Christ and a desire to encourage others in their walk of faith. They receive training in ministry skills and put them to good use planning and assisting at Mass, sharing their faith on retreats, leading service outings, as well as providing leadership throughout the course of their daily activities in and out of school. Sophomores and juniors apply for Peer Ministry in the spring for the following school year. They are selected based upon their application and an interview with a campus minister.
Pastoral Care – Spiritual Guidance – Faith Resources
The Campus Ministry office is a safe place for students to come to in times of need. Although many times students stop in casually to simply say, “hello”, students also stop in when in need of support from trusted, caring adult. Campus Ministers are also able to connect students with other resources that might be helpful whether that be a prayer book, an opportunity to serve in the community or a referral to a religious or counselor who might be helpful.
The Campus Ministry Team
Christopher Ranweiler, Anne McCulloch and Sister Linda Soler welcome you to Campus Ministry.
Christopher Ranweiler: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-748-2482
Anne McCulloch: email@example.com or 651-748-2476
Sister Linda Soler: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-748-2460