Director: Reverend Colin Kay
Associate Director: Reverend Nicholas Figurelli, M.Div, M.A.
Campus Ministry provides a pastoral presence on campus and seeks to evangelize and empower all, by the prompting of the Holy Spirit, to become dedicated members of God’s family. Campus Ministry seeks to bring the Church’s general mission to higher education; namely, to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by creating an environment that allows for spiritual, moral, liturgical, and sacramental development, as well as nurturing students intellectually, socially and physically. The Campus Ministry staff helps guide the maturing Christian conscience, educate for peace and justice, and develop future Christian leaders.
The activities listed below are open to participants of all faiths. The Campus Ministry staff will also direct any member of the University community to local congregations that will foster individual spiritual development. An Interfaith Directory, which includes addresses and telephone numbers of houses of worship in the area, is available through Campus Ministry.
Sunday Mass is celebrated at 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Daily Mass is offered Monday – Thursday at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m., and on Fridays at 8 a.m. and noon. Eucharistic Adoration takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 until 4:45 p.m. Confessions are heard Monday – Friday at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 10 p.m. and by appointment.
Lay Ministry is an important element of Catholic worship. To enhance the celebration of the Liturgy, anyone interested in serving as a liturgical minister (lector, music minister, Eucharistic minister or greeter) will be trained and mandated.
Morning Prayer is offered Monday – Friday in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at 7:30 a.m.
Additionally, Campus Ministry enriches the academic year by celebrating the University’s Catholic heritage in traditions of:
There also are liturgies specially arranged for student groups. Chapels in Boland and Xavier residence halls complement the Main Chapel and are available for private prayer, Bible studies, meditations, and specially scheduled events. All are open daily. Arrangements for Masses, baptisms and weddings may be made through the Campus Ministry office.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process that prepares students for reception into the Catholic church. Students learn to understand the teaching, worship, formation and community that comprise the Church. It is also a catechetical program for baptized Catholics who desire full membership in the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist. RCIA meets weekly in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Students attend the RCIA retreat and field trips to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Latin Rite masses and Eastern Catholic churches. Students celebrate all the rites in the RCIA program and receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Immaculate Conception Chapel.
Pirates for Life is the pro-life student organization recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) and advised and sponsored by Campus Ministry. Pirates for Life hosts pro-life awareness activities throughout the year.
Retreat experiences are offered each semester, both on and off campus. Campus Ministry also provides opportunities for bible study and other small groups, where formation of Christian life is nurtured through friendship, reflection and social action.
Campus Ministry also assists any person who seeks spiritual direction, vocation discernment or crisis counseling. For more information, call (973) 761-9545.
The brothers and sisters of the Community of St. John, FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), and SPO (St. Paul’s Outreach) are present on Seton Hall University’s campus as a resource for students desiring to learn more about their faith and how to apply it to every facet of their lives. Discussions of life’s important issues relevant to college students, hiking with reflections, Bible studies, Praise and Worship are available on campus for all students, as well as other various activities and opportunities.
The Campus Ministry Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) is one aspect of Seton Hall University’s response to the ongoing call for social justice. DOVE’s aim is to raise the awareness of the Seton Hall University community to social injustice through direct involvement in serving others. This service stems from our desire to affirm the dignity of all people and to live as Christ taught us by putting our faith into action. It seeks to aid the University in its commitment to graduate not only well educated professionals, but also compassionate individuals rooted in and guided by faith and its expression in firm moral convictions.
DOVE encourages all members of the Seton Hall community, regardless of faith or service background, to get involved. It operates 7 days a week, serving both our local and global community. Ministries include feeding the hungry, tutoring and mentoring local children, visiting the lonely and aged, helping people with disabilities, teaching English as a second language, working with homeless teen mothers, and more. DOVE also coordinates international (El Salvador, Haiti) and domestic (Philadelphia) service trips.
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