Faith Inspired Student Housing (F.I.S.H.) and the Assisi Houses are Christian faith-based communities. Students who live in these houses learn and grow in their faith and help others to do the same. They are called to be witnesses for Christ on campus and to evangelize others by offering education, service, and fellowship opportunities.
The mission of the F.I.S.H. and Assisi Houses is to live out the Gospel message (Luke 10:27 NIV): “He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” House members apply this Bible verse to their own lives and in their interactions with others in the community.
The Saint Francis University Campus Ministry through evangelization, catechesis and loving Catholic service to others proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ in liturgy, academics, social events, athletics, and in all areas of campus life. Each participant in our Liturgical Ministry has an irreplaceable part in using their gifts to glorify God in both the Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist.
Liturgical ministers play a vital role in helping our University community grow in their Catholic faith. As a student, you can use your gifts and talents in many ways for the glory of God. Examples include: server, cantor, lector, usher, setting up for Mass, instrumentalist, singer, and Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion.
A unique expression of these gifts occurs when students participate in the liturgical ministries listed below:
Those who are chosen by the Christian community and entrusted by God to proclaim His transforming word during the church's worship. To do this, they are expected to read and reflect upon the scriptures in prayer so as to be effective instruments for God. During the Mass, they lead the procession into church, proclaim the first and second reading, and read the intentions.
Those who assist the presider in distributing the Body and Blood of the Lord to the congregation in a proper manner. After the Mass, they are expected to purify the liturgical vessels and put them away.
Do you love to sing or play an instrument? Instrumentalists, vocalists and group leaders immeasurably enhance the worship experience by sharing their gift of liturgical music. In this way, they lead our faith community to sing in one accord to our loving God. Volunteers are expected to commit themselves to a group that ministers at a given weekend Mass each week and the associated practices that their group decides upon. Join one of the three chapel music groups that play or sing at the Sunday 10:00 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. Masses. All the groups do a variety of musical styles.
A vital ingredient in the delivery of many of our programs is the presence of our Peer Ministers. The Peer Ministers are young men and women from the University community who are employed by the Campus Ministry department for the sole purpose of enriching the pastoral care, retreat and service programs on campus. The Peer Ministers seek to reach out to the entire University to offer opportunities to grow in and live their Christian faith more fully. As students re-evaluate their life’s direction, values, and priorities the trained Peer Minister can be an effective witness to the Christian faith by being a positive example of Christian life.
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