Campus Ministry on each of our campuses is people and programs and, most importantly, a presence within the community. Because St. John's is a large commuter and resident school, you may think it could be tough to find a home when you first get here. Campus Ministry can be that home. College is a time when you will be faced with many choices – personally, socially, spiritually and professionally. You don't have to face those choices alone. There are 15 Campus Ministers present and available throughout each of our campuses to serve as guides for students in all aspects of their lives.
Campus Ministry welcomes students of all religious traditions while at the same time encouraging our Catholic students to deepen their Catholic identity and to become active participants. As a community of faith, service and friends, Campus Ministry takes seriously its unique role in expressing St. John's distinctive Catholic and Vincentian identity as embodied in the University's mission.
St. John's is Vincentian in tradition and because of this, we seek to instill in the University community a deep concern for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor and most vulnerable. Many Campus Ministry programs offer a hands-on approach through volunteering one's time, energy and talent. Others provide a setting where the social and theological reflection helps students understand human suffering on a deeper level.
Campus ministers are excellent resource people and are always available for any type of counseling, spiritual guidance, supportive service or referral information. Some live in the Residence Halls while others travel with the athletic teams. All seek to be a pastoral, supportive presence with all students on the journey through St. John's that leads to personal, spiritual and professional growth. Feel free to stop by any Campus Ministry office.