cAMPUS MINISTRY'S WELCOME
Dear Immaculata community,
Welcome to Campus Ministry, the epicenter of our school, where, in conjunction with our Director of Catholic Identity, God’s love and blessings are evident in all that we do, where students, committed to their faith and the service of others, can find a comfortable “home,” and where all campus ministry initiatives (outreach, retreats, and faith on campus programs) emanate.
Incredibly, Immaculata students have over 150 opportunities for service work on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. It is not only a great way to meet new people, but an important step in establishing a lifetime of service. Whether you bring your pet to a nursing home or build houses in Appalachia, participate in a bingo game for the homeless or work with special needs kids, there is something to contribute. The quintessential event is our annual massive Garage Sale, during which we raise funds for Campus Ministry initiatives, but help the community by providing low cost quality items, as well as donating goods to many worthy causes. What is exciting to see is that nearly the WHOLE school is involved...from the administration to the faculty and staff, the parents, and most importantly, the students. They help us set up, sell the merchandise, and clean up within a four-day period. Truly, it’s a miracle.
Another key component of Campus Ministry’s objectives is to conduct four weekend retreats during the school year. Led by student leaders and guided by Campus Ministry and members of the Theology Department, these retreats are literally life-changing. The spiritual growth, student bonding, and leadership development that takes place are indeed remarkable. Years after the retreats, alumni will visit and tell us how these retreats helped to shape them into the people that they are today. That’s an awesome testimony.
At Immaculata, we are fortunate to start and end each day with a prayer. Each afternoon the Angelus is said. We are blessed to have an in-school chapel on our campus. There each morning, led by our school chaplain, Mass is celebrated. Other examples include Ash Wednesday services and Eucharistic Adoration during Advent and Lenten seasons. The Rosary is prayed each Thursday in October and May, Mary’s months. Small faith communities for adults and students are also conducted. And of course, the chapel is available for private prayerful reflection and Theology Class prayer services.
We are so proud of our students and their service work and spiritual development; each year we expand our scope a little more to make our program, which has received two national awards, the best it can be. Come by and visit our office or call us at the school number, extension 123.
Immaculata students serve God and others, namely through our Campus Ministry Department. The mission of Campus Ministry is to live as disciples of Jesus who are inspired by the Gospels, Campus Ministry creates community through living the four pillars; Faith, Scholarship, Service and Friendship. Blessed with the grace of our patroness, the Blessed Mother, Campus Ministry empowers others to participate in prayer, worship, Christ-centered education, action for social change, and the formation of servant leaders.
Often referred to as "the heart" of Immaculata, Campus Ministry provides a home away from home where friendships are formed, faith is shared, leadership is developed, and outreach is strongly encouraged.
The Campus Ministry office, located in room 119 of the main building, is designed as a family room surrounded by the offices of the various personnel. Students are welcome there before and after school as well as during lunch periods. Adults are always available for support and direction. Opportunities for spiritual growth through prayer, sacrament, outreach and sharing are available on an ongoing basis. Often, the office becomes the center of activity where bulk mailings for local charities like Habitat for Humanity are prepared, Christmas presents are wrapped for children in Appalachia, or prayers are offered for someone in need. "I love going to Campus Ministry because there is no stress and everyone feels at home," one student says.
Immaculata emphasizes the importance of the Catholic faith to its students. In addition to mandatory day-long class retreats, Campus Ministry offers several weekend experiences which are strictly voluntary, but frequently have a waiting list. These retreats allow students to grow as individuals and also as a community. During a weekend, students can build new relationships, strengthen existing ones, or repair old ones whether with God or with one another. Learn more at: Retreats.
Students are able to choose from a huge variety of opportunities to put their faith into action at IHS. Over 75% of the student body participates in outreach programs through Campus Ministry. We are delighted that our nationally recognized program for Charity and Social Service (awarded April 2010 and March 2014) continues to grow each year. Learn more at: Outreach