Student Leadership Opportunities
Campus Ministry depends greatly upon the leadership and service of students at St. Thomas. Students can get involved in the many activities and events of Campus Ministry as student leaders and volunteers. Some of the many ways you can get involved are:
Campus Ministry Leadership Teams
Each of us has many gifts and talents to share with the community. Using our various gifts, we can come together to discern the direction of Campus Ministry in serving the students, staff, and faculty of the university community. Students can participate in the Campus Ministry Student Core team and collaborate with our Campus Ministers in planning and organizing events and new initiatives. Students are also needed to pray and reflect with Fr. Erich Rutten the weekly readings, sharing their insights so as to fashion meaningful homilies. Finally, students are frequently invited to help Archbishop John Nienstedt in planning and preparing his monthly Lectio Divina in the chapel.
Interested in being a Lector or Extradordinary Minister of the Eucharist? Want to sing in the choir or lead the assembly in song? Students can volunteer as liturgical ministers, serving the Eucharistic Liturgy, assisting with communion, welcoming members of the assembly as hospitality ministers, and guiding the community in song as a member of one of the music groups. All are invited to live out their baptismal vocation as a priestly peoople offering praise and worship to God.
Are you interested in living out the Gospel message to love and serve your neighbor by doing outreach to the undergraduate student body? Peer Ministers are a group of 8 students within Campus Ministry committed to this Gospel call. Peer Ministers offer welcoming, guidance, compassion and faith-filled support for their peers. They also offer a safe place for the soul to question, ponder, explore, grow, and develop faith. Peer Ministers invite students to opportunities for spiritual development and faith awareness through prayer, faith sharing, and faith related programs and activities. Peer Ministers help build and hospitable community, and are available to students for listening and referral opportunities. The Peer Ministry team also leads and participates in various retreats offered through Campus Ministry. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Minister and would like to learn more visit the Peer Ministry page.
A number of retreats are offered each year for the student body at St. Thomas. Students are needed to help plan and prepare retreats, share and offer reflections, and serve as peer ministers on the various retreats. Each year, the Campus Ministry team draws upon the amazing talent of students in creating and offering powerful retreat experiences for students throughout the year.
Service and Social Justice Leaders
Have you participated in one of the service opportunities offered through VIA or VISION at St. Thomas? Students who have been engaged in the work of these programs often go on to serve as leaders in future service opportunities. Furthermore, Campus Ministry organizes a number of opportunities throughout the year for students to reflect and consider the role of faith and spirituality in the world. Leaders are needed to help with these programs, willing to share their experiences and invite others to do the same.
Want to Learn More?
If you would like to volunteer and share your gifts with the St. Thomas community, email us at Campus Ministry and we would be happy to get you involved!