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."
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.
Reflection and discussion groups
"Papa Pete and Popcorn" is an activity that Fr. Peter Tynan leads in the residence halls. Check the university calendar and the announcements in the Sunday Campus Ministry Mass bulletin for details.
Small faith-sharing groups of 5–6 people gather weekly to pray with Scripture, encourage one another on our spiritual journeys, and form friendships founded on faith.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - provides weekly classes for all those interested in becoming Catholic, receiving sacraments (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation) or for those who would just like to learn more about the Catholic faith. Please email Angela Carlin if you are interested to join us this year. All are welcome.