Welcome to the Office of Campus Ministry!
In the spirit of St. Francis, who inspired us to live out the Gospel values daily, Campus Ministry seeks to inspire students, faculty, and staff to integrate faith with life through a holistic educational approach to the development of faith, spirituality, and the quest for truth for the good of society (Ex Corde Ecclesiae 30). Inspired by Christian principles, we seek to empower students to live their Christian vocation through the core values of Our Lady of the Lake College: Service, Reverence and Love for all of Life, Joyfulness of Spirit, Humility, and Justice. Students are encouraged to adopt the spirit of St. Francis and participate in the many opportunities to engage in Campus Ministry.
DAILY MASSES AT THE ROSARY CHAPEL: Opportunities are available throughout the week for students of all faiths to grow spiritually. Walk with the Me is an invitation from the Director of Campus Ministry to students, faculty and staff to walk to Daily masses held in the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Chapel (Rosary Chapel) at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday’s. Mass is offered M-Friday at 11:30 and Saturday and Sunday at 8 am. The chapel is located on the first floor of the Medical Center and is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. All students are welcome to attend services and/or visit the chapel for meditation and prayer.
COLLEGE REFLECTION ROOM: The College offers a Reflection Room in the Administration Building, 5414 Brittany Drive for students, alumni, faculty and staff to the reflect, meditate, or pray during business hours for private time. Also, we offer days of prayer in the Reflection Room: Monday, Reflection and the Rosary at 11:30 am; Tuesday, Interfaith Prayer for Peace at 11:00 am; and Friday, Prayers for Healing at Noon.
BIBLE STUDY: Campus Ministry offers two Bible Study days to meet the time constraints of all students. Join us in the Reflection Room on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm and Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 for prayer, reflection on scripture, and dialogue. What is God speaking to you today through these sacred texts? How can you live out the sacred words? Who wrote these texts and to whom? What is the overall spiritual message for me?
INTERFAITH EVENTS: Campus Ministry offers opportunities for our diverse faith traditions to come together to pray and understand each other’s traditions through prayer opportunities, dialogue, and gatherings. Finding Common Ground is an event offered before the Thanksgiving break for students, faculty, and staff to come together to share a meal and dialogue through panel discussion and table sharing. All faith traditions are honored.
RETREATS: Campus Ministry and the two student organizations in collaboration with others offer opportunities for the students, faculty, and staff to deepen their spirituality through retreat experiences. Two retreats a year will be offered.
The Busy Person’s Retreat is offered in the fall. It is ideal for students, faculty, and staff with busy schedules looking for spiritual experiences while on campus. It is designed to engage the student in personal scripture reflection and prayer and a one on one spiritual direction for 30 minutes with a spiritual director all at their convenience over a five day period.
Spring Retreat is offered in the spring. It is an opportunity to go deeper. Students searching for a time to reflect on their spirituality through talks and guided reflection will benefit from this experience. It is designed to help students realize their gifts and their vocational call while developing their spirituality.
CAMPUS MINISTRY ORGANIZATIONS: Campus Ministry offers two student lead organizations to promote ministerial programs on campus.
Franciscan Student Fellowship: The Franciscan Student Fellowship (FSF) is a student-run organization that seeks to extend the ministry of Jesus Christ through care, compassion, respect and understanding for all people. The organization meets its goals by conducting ministerial activities, such as devotionals, Bible studies, support groups and community service. The FSF encourages participation from students, faculty and staff, and sponsors a weekly event in the Reflection Room for ten minutes of silent reflection on a shared scripture.
Catholic College Student Association: The Catholic College Student Association (CCAS) is a student-run organization that provides students of Our Lady of the Lake College with spiritual, intellectual, social, and service opportunities to live out their Catholic faith. The organization provides liturgical ministry, prayer, Prolife community engagement, and outreach to Catholic High Schools, Parishes, Retreats, and Diocesan Collaboration. It seeks to help students live out their baptismal call. CCAS encourages participation from students, faculty, and staff.
Special College Masses: The College sponsors quarterly College Masses throughout the academic year specifically for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Students of all faiths are encouraged to attend College Masses.
Seasonal events: The Mission Effectiveness Committee organizes events throughout the year to deepen our understanding about the College’s Franciscan heritage and to enhance campus-wide opportunities for worship. The College also sponsors weekly Lenten reflections during the Lenten season in which students, faculty and staff share a cup of soup and a time for meditation and prayer.