While the entire St. Xavier staff ministers to students throughout the year in many ways, it is the task of the Campus Ministry Department to develop and coordinate certain specific student programs in which faculty and staff take leading roles. These programs involve a variety of experiences through which our students come to the awareness that God is active in their daily lives. Through liturgies, retreats, pastoral counseling and peer ministry, students grow in this faith both as individuals and as a community. St. Xavier builds on values learned within the family by encouraging students to develop life-long faith convictions and lasting relationships with God in and through God's people.
Community service programs are instrumental in providing the type of transforming experience that is the hallmark of Jesuit education. In developing relationships with people different from themselves, students begin to appreciate the struggles of the poor and the disenfranchised. These experiences call students from their comfort zones and challenge them to examine their lives in terms of Christian justice. As a result, students begin to acknowledge their many blessings.
We greatly value the time and energy our students commit to their community service programs. Support of these efforts is invaluable to the success of achieving St. Xavier's mission of forming "men for and with others."