The Campus Ministry department was established in 1971 by Rev. Joseph Schell, S.J., former president of John Carroll University. The Department of Campus Ministry is part of the Office of Mission and Identity.
Our Philosophy Statement:
The office of Campus Ministry encourages students, faculty, and staff of JCU to integrate personal faith into the academic and social environment of the University. We value the University’s commitment to academic pursuits, and welcome the opportunities we have to bring a Catholic and Ignatian faith perspective to bear on issues and trends that may surface in various disciplines and in a variety of social milieus. We have identified the following statements as our purpose:
- We embrace the Jesuit Catholic intellectual tradition as an indispensable partner in the search for truth and wisdom.
- We promote a faith that does justice through education, advocacy, service, and reflection.
- We foster the development of whole persons who are servant leaders in their local and global communities.
- We provide an open, caring, hospitable, and collaborative atmosphere that supports the mission of the University.
- We establish a sense of community through vibrant worship, retreats, and small faith communities, and immersion experiences.
- We recognize Eucharist as our primary liturgical experience, while also celebrating a diversity of faith and spiritual perspectives that seeks both wisdom and a fuller spiritual life.
In solidarity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we aspire to instill a basic knowledge and understanding of the six aspects of Campus Ministry outlined in the 1985 U.S. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter “Empowered By the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future.” The six aspects are:
- Forming the Faith Community
- Appropriating the Faith
- Forming the Christian Conscience
- Facilitating Personal Development
- Educating for Justice
- Developing Leaders for the Future
In light of these aspects, our departmental goals are as follows:
- To form the faith community in the Catholic and Ignatian tradition, as well as provide our non-Catholic population with opportunities to gather with others of their faith tradition.
- To aid the JCU community in the appropriation and appreciation of their faith.
- To provide opportunities that form the conscience and character in light of Catholic Social Teaching.
- To facilitate the personal development of our student leaders.
- To educate the community in a “faith that does justice.”
- To develop students as discerning leaders who will excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.