Faith is a cornerstone value for Saint Martin's University. Saint Martin's University is Catholic and Benedictine; a faith based institution of higher learning. Saint Martin's has been explicitly founded and is intentionally rooted in the spirituality of Saint Benedict of Nursia. This spirituality finds its energy and identity in the Rule of Saint Benedict, a document that insists God is to be known, experienced and loved in the context of community and in the daily events and routines of our lives. It is this spiritual vision that motivates and drives Campus Ministry at Saint Martin's University. Students are always welcome in the Campus Ministry Center in Old Main 316 to find support for their spiritual journeys and to meet other students who are seeking to grow in faith.
Campus Ministry coordinates student-led Mass on Sundays at 7 p.m. in Abbey Church and Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Burton Addition (both are held only during the school year). Students are encouraged to serve as lectors, musicians, acolytes and more. Students are also always welcome at daily Mass with the monastic community. The whole Saint Martin’s community gathers at the start of the year for Mass of the Holy Spirit and concludes with Baccalaureate Mass. People of all faith traditions are joyfully welcome at all liturgies.
Pray with the monastic community
The monks of Saint Martin's gather daily to offer prayer and praise and listen for God's voice at different times of the day: morning, noon and evening. These moments are the hinges of daily life when the community is reminded of God's loving presence. Saint Benedict described this round of daily praise and prayer as the opus Dei, the work of God. The monks also gather daily to celebrate the Eucharist. The public is always welcome to share in the prayer life at the Abbey. View the current prayer schedule on saintmartinsabbey.org.
All are welcome after Hall Mass for food, fellowship and faith as we build community and explore topics related to the Catholic religion. From Papa Pete and Popcorn theology of film sessions to guest speakers and theological discussion, you will come away from Agape nights with a new understanding of your own faith and a deeper connection to your spiritual community.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults offers weekly classes for all people interested in becoming Catholic, receiving sacraments (Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation) or for those who would just like to learn more about the Catholic faith. Please email University Chaplain Father Peter Tynan if you are interested in joining us this year. All are welcome.
Small faith-sharing groups of five to six people gather weekly to pray with scripture, encourage one another on our spiritual journeys, and form friendships founded on faith. Come to a discernment night at the start of the semester to learn more, or contact Angela Carlin.