A Religiously Diverse Community

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.

A Diverse Community

St. Edward's University supports students of all faiths and backgrounds. All students are welcomed and encouraged to grow in their own beliefs and values, supported by Campus Ministry and an accepting community.

Why Such an Emphasis Upon Religious Diversity at a Catholic Institution?

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 emeritus 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.