Campus Ministry promotes St. Edward’s University’s mission through its work in supporting religious diversity by bringing together students, faculty and staff of differing religious and non-religious identities.
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.
Diversity has always been a fundamental principle embodied in the university’s Holy Cross mission, which has guided the university throughout its history and can be traced back to the exhortations of the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Blessed Father Basil Moreau, CSC. When he established the foundational principles of Holy Cross education, he implored us never to educate the mind at the expense of the heart and emphasized that education was to be employed in the cause of social justice in order to make the world a better place.
These fundamental principles explain much of the history of St. Edward’s and our commitment to diversity; our outreach and welcome to students of all religions, races, ethnic groups, genders, sexual orientations and economic backgrounds; and our embrace of all members of our university community as creatures of God, to be valued and respected. Indeed, our embrace of all members of our community is a mindful, intentional demonstration that in our daily endeavors we heed the biblical obligation to love our neighbors as ourselves.
—George E. Martin, president of St. Edward's University
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 and 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:
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 group 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).
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 updated event details.
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).