Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry

Get Involved in Campus Ministry

We invite you to participate in the faith life of the University by attending Mass in the St. Benedict Chapel located on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. You can also  sign up to be a liturgical minister, join the St. Benedict Chapel Choir or become an usher or altar server.

Students Helping Students

The Students Helping Students Emergency Fund provides funds to students that express need in a emergency situation. This may include meals, bedding, clothing, etc. Please fill out the application below if you are a Benedictine student in need.

As students, you are closet to your peers. This program is focused on participation with the full understanding that college students don't have much financially but have plenty of heart. If one in two students gives the minimum donation, we can raise over $3,000 to help students in need in just one semester. 

If you would like to make a donation in-person or have questions, please contact Carrie Roberts by phone at (630) 829-6028 or email at shs@ben.edu with the subject: 'Give to Students Helping Students'.

 

The St. Benedict Chapel Choir

The St. Benedict Chapel Choir is made up of faith-filled musicians. Some of our members went through a selection process to receive a scholarship for their participation, while others simply participate to share their love of music with the Benedictine community. If you are interested in joining the St. Benedict Chapel Choir, please contact Carol Nowatzke, campus minister, coordinator of retreats, faith formation and liturgy, at (630) 829-6029 or cnowatzke@ben.edu.

 

Liturgical Minister Sign-Up

Training for students who want to become liturgical ministers is offered on an as-needed basis and takes place in the St. Benedict Chapel. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet requires training annually for those who desire to be lectors or “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion,” altar servers, choir participants and usher/greeters.

For more information or to become a liturgical minister, contact Carol Nowatzke at cnowatzke@ben.edu.

Campus Ministry Cor

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Campus Ministry Cor Foundations
  • Community building (human formation) 
  • Prayer (spiritual formation) 
  • Benedictine and Catholic theology (intellectual formation)  
  • Campus Ministry programming and mission (pastoral formation)
Cor Mission
  • Embrace the holistic understanding of the Campus Ministry mission.  
  • Serve as the student advisory committee to Campus Ministry staff 
  • Act as ambassadors of Campus Ministry to peers and the greater Benedictine community. 
  • Embody a philosophy of welcoming all.
General Expectations
  • Attend weekly Cor meetings. 
  • Participate or attend at least five hours of Campus Ministry programs or involve yourself in the social aspect of Camps Ministry (in addition to weekly Cor meetings) 
  • Attend and participate in Cor retreats at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. 
  • Regularly participate in Benedictine Community Mass on Sunday evenings.
  • Use your Benedictine email account and respond to emails within 24 hours on weekdays and within 72 hours on weekends. 
  • Assist with the following programs:
    • Welcome Weekend 
    • Convocation Mass 
    • Local Service Fair (fall and spring) 
    • Resource Fair 
    • FLIGHT Retreat 
    • Benedictine Day of Service 
    • Commencement Mass (December and May)

To learn more about the Campus Ministry Cor Program, please contact Carol Nowatzke at cnowatzke@ben.edu 

Want to be a part of Cor for 2017-18? Apply Now!

Prayer Partners

Looking for a way to enhance your prayer life? Wishing you had a friend just to pray with?

Sign up for a prayer partner! You will be matched with a monk from St. Procopius Abbey or a sister from Sacred Heart Monastery to meet with at your convenience. Meet together once or twice a month learn from each other, listen to each other, and pray for and with each other. Contact Carol Nowatzke at cnowatzke@ben.edu with questions.

What can you do with your prayer partner?

There is no specific guide or limit to how you and your partner spend your prayer time. Some suggestions include:

  • Lectio Divina
  • Rosary
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Meditation and contemplation
  • Prayerful discussion
  • Written prayer group guides
  • Faith sharing
  • Book discussion
  • Many more!

Register to Receive a Prayer Partner

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Carrie Roberts, M.A.
Director
(630) 829-6028
croberts@ben.edu

Carol Nowatzke, MAPS
Campus Minister, Coordinator of Retreats, Faith Formation and Liturgy
(630) 829-6029
cnowatzke@ben.edu

Kathryn Heidelberger, M.Div.
Campus Minister, Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Engagement
(630) 829-6336
kheidelberger@ben.edu