Campus Ministry promotes St. Edward’s University’s mission through their work in supporting religious diversity through bringing together students, faculty and staff of differing religious and non-religious identities.
As a resource for all students attending St. Edward’s University, Campus Ministry aspires to foster an awareness and desire on the part of the campus community to advance peace and justice in the world. We do this by encouraging our community members to reflect, not only on their own faith and what it means to them, but also on the faith of others in a local and global context. This reflection involves recognizing and embracing shared core values, while also learning about, accepting and respecting the unique differences between individuals and their respective religious traditions and cultural worldviews.
Through various programs, events, student groups and religious/non-religious observances, students are encourage to break down of racial, religious, cultural and gender-based barriers by recognizing one’s own worldview in relation to the complexities of other’s worldviews. Campus Ministry seeks to cultivate a sustainable campus ecology through the encouragement of interfaith, ecumenical and inter-cultural cooperation within the campus community with particular focus upon students. St. Edward’s University is a global community, and therefore, an emphasis is placed upon seeking to cultivate an appreciative understanding of pluralism and religious literacy by fostering interfaith dialogue, expression, reflection and participation in community and global service.
The Roman Catholic Church, recognizing its presence and relationship within a global community, authored several guiding documents during the Vatican II Ecumenical Conference (1963-1965), including Guadiam Es Spec (The Church in the Modern World), Dignitatis Humanae (Declaration on Religious Freedom), Unitatis Redintegratio (Decree on Ecumenism) and Nostra Aetate (On the Relation to Non-Christian Religions). These documents, and many more from the Catholic Bishops, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict, and Pope Francis, call for Catholic institutions to embrace opportunities for dialogue, exchange of learning and mutual understanding in support of protecting the inherent human dignity of each person. St. Edward's University and the Congregation of Holy Cross, our founding religious order, seek to continue the dialogue created by these historic documents.
In an age of rapid social and technological change, finding common ground through unity is a necessity for future leaders who will need to make ethical and moral decisions. Campus Ministry serves as the nexus at St. Edward's where students can share knowledge of their own faith in fellowship with others, ask questions and discover true knowledge of the world.
Campus Ministry encourages students from diverse religious backgrounds to seek out local communities from their tradition. Campus Ministry has partnered with and maintains strong connections with various faith communities in the Austin area representing a diverse background, including Mainline Protestant, evangelical Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu to help students get connected in Austin. The Campus Ministry staff can assist students in finding a community that meets their needs.
You can find a community by checking out the Places of Worship directory.
In addition to local faith communities, several local organizations partner with Campus Ministry at various times to support students:
Students are welcome to contact any of these organizations directly, if they choose.
If you would like more information on Austin faith-based organizations, please contact jamesjp [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Austin%20Area%20Faith%20Communities) (James Puglisi, DMin).
Several student groups exist, each expressing a specific faith tradition and purpose. Each groups seeks to foster a welcoming environment for all students to share a common experience or to learn more about an area of interest. The Holy Cross tradition of St. Edward's welcome and advocates the variety of religious expression within its community.
Current student groups:
Campus Ministry encourages student led groups and will, along with Student Life, work with any student wishing to form a group around a particular faith tradition. If you have an idea for a new group or would like more information on any existing groups, please contact jamesjp [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Student%20Groups%20and%20Religious%20Diversity) (James Puglisi, DMin).
St. Edward's University enjoys a religiously diverse community. Learn more about Religious Diversity Leadership in Campus Ministry.
Opening windows to our community and to other communities.
A wide range of special events, sponsored by Campus Ministry and various students organizations, are offered throughout the academic year as a way for students to connect with their own faith tradition, learn about other religious traditions and enjoy diverse fellowship. These are just some of the opportunities available for students. Check the University calendar for up-dated event details.
You can find specific dates for these events online.
If you would like more information on any of these events, please contact jamesjp [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Campus%20Events%20-%20Interfaith%20%26%20Ecumenical) (James Puglisi, DMin).
St. Edward's promotes a safe and trusting environment where students can engage in an exploration of personal, spiritual, ethical and moral issues experienced personally by students and within their community. Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, believed that the heart needs a learning experience that is personal, even intimate. Each student is encouraged to form both character and conscience.
Campus Ministry offers spiritual guidance, pastoral counseling or just an opportunity to talk things out regardless of any religious affiliation to all St. Edward's University students. A professional staff is available to assist students, regardless of their faith tradition or background, to explore personal questions of faith, identity, spirituality, diversity and social justice in a safe environment. In addition, Campus Ministry can assist students in identifying resources in the local Austin religious community that is in line with a student’s own religious tradition.
If you have questions and want the support of a Campus Ministry professional, please contact jamesjp [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Spirtual%20Support%20-%20Interfaith%20%26%20Ecumenical) (James Puglisi, DMin).