The seeds of faith cannot grow without freedom. While theology class and weekly attendance at Mass are a mandatory and vital part of every student’s experience, St. Joseph’s Catholic School seeks to provide opportunities for every student to freely discover the connection between the Christian faith and their own deep human needs. Campus Ministry is the name we give to all those moments when this happens at St. Joe’s, whether it be a small handful of students meeting to pray midday prayers or dozens of students distributing food to the needy in response to Christ’s call. More than a specific club or group, SJCS Campus Ministry refers to any moment when “two or three are gathered in my name” (Matthew 18:20)
Campus Ministry at St. Joseph’s is born from from the gaze of Christ who has looked upon us with love and called us to be an “evangelizing community”:
“An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first, and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy.”
– Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium n. 24
In union with the Catholic Church and attentive to the teachings of the Holy Father, St. Joseph’s seeks to offer students the opportunity to witness the unsurpassing attractiveness of Jesus Christ and the life he shares with those who follow him: “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).