Campus Ministry yearly Obsculta retreat


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meets at 8 p.m. on Sundays in the Student Services conference room (OM 201H)

Uprising (prayer, praise and song) meets at 8 p.m. on Mondays in the Burton Addition

Residence Hall Mass is celebrated at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Burton Addition

Contact information

Jonathan Dwyer, M.T.S., M.A.
Director of Campus Ministry
Office phone: 360-412-6152

Religious education

A central component to the mission of Saint Martin's University is to cultivate "critical thinking and independent inquiry" among students. A hallmark of the Catholic intellectual tradition is to develop the person's ability to think critically about oneself and the world in which one lives.

What it means to be human is to develop curiosity and seek truth "wherever analysis and evidence leads" (Ex Corde Ecclesiae). John Henry Cardinal Newman states that "the human spirit must be cultivated in such a way that there results a growth in its ability to wonder, to understand, to contemplate, to make personal judgments, and to develop a religious, moral, and social sense" (Ex Corde Ecclesiae).

It is in this spirit that Campus Ministry - often in conjunction with other entities at Saint Martin's University - seeks to develop and implement opportunities for students to reflect and to intellectually grapple with the world of ideas.


RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - provides weekly classes for students preparing Baptism and Confirmation. Students who are interested to learn more about the Catholic faith are also invited to join. RCIA meets at 8 p.m. on Sundays in the Student Services Conference Room (Old Main room 201H) following the 7 p.m. Campus Ministry Mass.

Reflection/Discussion Groups

"Papa Pete and Popcorn" and "That Catholic Thing" are two activities that Fr. Peter Tynan leads in the residence halls on alternating Wednesdays. Check the university calendar and the announcements in the Sunday Campus Ministry Mass bulletin for details.