Campus Ministry provides a supportive environment where all feel welcome. Events are planned to build our community spirit and sense of belonging.
Spiritual growth is nurtured through opportunities for students and others to deepen their faith through reflecting on the difficult questions in life and in faith in particular. Through these opportunities they learn to situate their faith in the contemporary world and context.
Campus Ministry offers a variety of programs aligned with the University’s mission of the formation of leaders for the service of the community and the Church. Whether you are a faith-driven person or not, there is an interesting activity happening in Campus Ministry for you!
- Busy Student’s Retreat
- Theology on Tap
- Bible Study
- Chill Night
- Coffee Sunday
- Ice Cream Socials
- Musical nights, such as Sounds Amazing and Way Off Broadway
- Passion play
- Children’s Liturgy
- Praise and Worship events
- Exploring Catholic faith
Interfaith opportunities, self-care workshops, and social justice outreach opportunities
Our Student Campus Ministers provide diverse, faith based programming for students. Our leaders develop their own spirituality and leadership skills while fostering community at St. Jerome’s University. We welcome students of all faiths interested in developing their leadership skills to apply for our team in March (for the upcoming fall and winter terms).
Our Student Choir Director develops their leadership and musical skills by directing our student choir for the 7 p.m. liturgy and other liturgical celebrations. They provide meaningful worship celebrations and a welcoming environment for our student community. Applications are available in March for the upcoming fall and winter terms.
All are invited to share their gifts during our Sunday liturgies. Liturgical volunteers are the many people who help our liturgies run smoothly including lectors, Eucharistic Ministers (who distribute communion), sacristans (who prepare the sacred vessels for worship), and liturgy coordinators. We welcome new volunteers throughout the year.
We have three choirs which provide music for our Sunday masses at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and a student-led choir for the 7 p.m. liturgy. We welcome all musicians and singers to join at any point through the year.
Our Children’s Liturgy program runs from September to April during the 9:30am liturgy and is for all children ages three through seven.Our program is run by volunteers and we welcome children and volunteers to join at any time.
The bread used during our Eucharistic celebrations is baked by members of our community. We are happy to share the recipe with any volunteers who are interested in joining our bread baking team.
Our Advisory Group consists of elected members of the worshipping community who meet once a month to advise the Campus Ministry team. The group makes recommendations that enhance the faith life of Campus Ministry within the broader St. Jerome’s University community. Elections for new members are held each spring.
Our Social Justice Committee organizes social justice events for the community, coordinates sales of fair trade items, volunteer opportunities, collections of donations and gifts in-kind for local and international organizations, and educational campaigns. New members are welcome to join at any point.
Our Fundraising Committee is responsible for fundraising efforts for the renovations of Notre Dame Chapel. They organize events which raise funds and build community; we always welcome new members with lots of energy and creative ideas.
A chaplain – put simply – is a spiritual mentor. He or she can be a member of the clergy, a leader in a religious group, or someone who mentors through faith.
At St. Jerome’s University we are lucky to have Martha Fauteux as our chaplain. She is always available to lend an ear or help, drop into her office to chat.
In the University of Waterloo community there are chaplains representing eleven different faith traditions, providing support to students, faculty, staff, and our community members through spiritual and pastoral care.