Adolescence is a time of tremendous self-examination and self-centeredness, a necessary process through which all children must go. However, that self-absorption can be too
much at times. Students who get involved in Campus Ministry and other service projects are helped to keep a balance, to see that there are other perspectives on life, and that it is important to work to help others, even in small ways.
In Campus Ministry, there are no required hours; everything is done on a volunteer basis. In spite of that, there are literally hundreds of names on the sign-up sheets outside the Campus Ministry office.
Activities include Halloween candy collection, Thanksgiving food drive, Aids Awareness Week, blood drives, Habitat for Humanity, and more.
There are obvious benefits to these activities – the rewarding feeling that comes from helping others, the concrete help that does indeed go out to our communities and the fact that it’s just plain FUN.
But students also have picked up on the fact that they get to meet and work with people who are passionate about trying to make the world a better place, even if it’s just one little corner of the world. Working with the coordinator of a local food pantry, or meeting the principal of an inner-city school who is trying to help needy families at Christmas, our students see people in action who are living out the Gospel message that we should love one another and try to care for one another, especially those less fortunate.