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. In Campus Ministry, we have a unique opportunity to assist students in their global preparedness, personal growth, and leadership development by recognizing the spiritual, religious and cultural dynamics of each individual.
Whereas the Brothers, Sisters and Priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross have historically crossed borders into places around the globe in the work of fostering a just world, St. Edward’s students represent over 50 Christian denominations and religious traditions on campus each semester. These students bring their experiences of the world, locally and globally, directly to us here on the Hilltop and will be leaders in their faith communities and in a religiously diverse global community.
Campus Ministry has several leadership opportunities for students who have an interest in fostering their talents, awareness and vision in the area of religious diversity.
Current positions include:
Team leaders for The Well assist in the planning, liturgy and logistics of this weekly ecumenical monthly worship service for Christians of all denominations and backgrounds in a taize format. The service offers another space and place for members of the campus community to gather for worship and seeks to contribute to the spiritual diversity of St. Edward’s.
CUW occurs January 18-22 each year and is dedicated to building bridges between the various Christian denominations and traditions around the common unity in Christ Jesus. The weeks consists of various activities and events that seek to educate Christians and others about the Christian tradition in order to foster greater understanding and cooperation while respecting the unique differences from across the traditions. Team leaders must value the contributions of the various branches of Christianity, while also desiring unity within the Christian tradition.
Council members work to assess the campus environment in order to identify needs in service of our religiously diverse community. The Council works closely with the Peer Minister for Interfaith/Ecumenical.
The Peer Minister will assist Campus Minister with planning of special interreligious and ecumenical programs.
Additional leadership opportunities area available with the various student groups: (FCA, MSA, Hillel Toppers, CORE, & COTB)
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).