The Peer Ministry program provides an opportunity for student leaders to participate with Campus Ministry in its work of faith development and retreats, religious diversity and interfaith life, service and justice opportunities and to help promote our Holy Cross and Catholic character.

What can peer ministers expect?

Students will receive training in pastoral skills, leadership, engagement and facilitation skills, social justice and Holy Cross heritage. The program is also designed to give students peer support and evaluation, supervision, clear job descriptions and a campus minister mentor for your particular ministry.

What qualifies a peer minister?

Dependability, leadership and ability to positively influence other students.

Areas of peer ministry:

  • Peer Minister for Retreats
    Assist campus minister with retreat planning and facilitation
  • Peer Minister for Spiritual Development
    Assist campus minister to plan, promote and conduct faith development opportunities for students, including special events
  • Peer Minister for Religious Diversity and Interfaith Life
    Assist campus minister with planning of special interreligious programs
  • Peer Minister for Justice
    Assist campus minister with programming related to justice issues and advocacy

 Time commitment:

  • Two-day training retreat in August
  • Approximately twelve hours per month
  • Weekly check-ins with campus minister mentor
  • Monthly two-hour training

Peer ministers will gain skills and experience in:

  • Communicating personal faith and values
  • Caring, listening and decision making skills
  • Appreciating and affirming religious diversity
  • Engaging, facilitating and leading others in service
  • Understanding ministry, not as a job, but as an attitude and a practice throughout life
  • Leading meetings, planning and organizing events
  • Holy Cross heritage, Catholic Social Teaching and social justice

 Stipend:

A small stipend will be provided for your service.

Students of any and all faith communities are welcome to apply. After undergoing training, Peer ministers take on the responsibilities as directed by their campus minister mentor.

Peer ministers are living examples of Christ in the world. They demonstrate a spirit of service among their fellow students and the larger school community by their willingness to be involved and by giving of their time and their hearts in gestures of service and leadership.

For information on becoming a peer minister, contact Bro. Larry Atkinson.