Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry

S.T.E.P.: Serving Together Engaging Our Purpose

Campus Ministry is committed to service. “We stand in solidarity with local, regional and global communities. We live out a call that is reflective of our Catholic and Benedictine heritage and identity to work toward the common good."

Are you aware of a local organization that is in need of service or volunteers? Is that group found on our list of service sites? If not, please let us know! We want to make our students aware of as many local service opportunities as we possibly can. Please send all information and requests to Carrie Roberts, director of Campus Ministry, at croberts@ben.edu.

Local Service Opportunities

Our Benedictine heritage calls us to care for our community, and our students serve at local organizations throughout the year. Where will you serve?

Almost Home Kids

“Share the care.” The Benedictine hallmark of love challenges us to care for all those who are in need, especially children. For more information on how you can help, visit www.almosthomekids.org.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet

“Providing Help. Creating Hope.” Discover how you can be a part of creating hope for those in need by visiting catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.

DuPage Children’s Museum

“Setting the stage for innovation.” Help make learning fun and exemplify the Benedictine hallmark of discipline: a way toward learning and freedom. Visit www.dupagechildrens.org for more information.

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

“Conservation. Education. Recreation.” Caring for our environment is a way to live out our Benedictine hallmark of stewardship. For more information, visit www.dupageforest.com.

Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center

“Helping the world’s children in our own backyard.” Are you committed to helping children learn and be successful in school? Learn how you can help at www.gecrc.com.

Little Friends

“Lives Transformed.” Are you committed to serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities? Little Friends is the perfect place to build community. Visit www.littlefriendsinc.org to start making new friends.

Loaves & Fishes Community Services

“Ending Hunger. Empowering Lives.” For more information on how to make ending hunger a part of your life, visit www.loaves-fishes.org.

Naper Settlement

An award-winning outdoor museum and cultural campus of life-long learning, discovery and fun for all ages. To connect with the community and visitors through unique experiences and programs visit www.napersettlement.org. Special event volunteer opportunities available at http://bit.ly/NSvolunteer.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

“Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors.” As Benedictines, we are called to care for our neighbors. For more information, visit www.solvehungertoday.org.

People’s Resource Center

“Meeting our community’s needs – neighbor to neighbor.” How can you help those in your community? Visit www.peoplesrc.org to find out how you can serve those in need.

REACH

Regularly Extending Assistance to Community and Humanity. Check out how you can assist neighbors in need. For more information, visit www.reachcommunityservices.com.

Sacred Heart Monastery

Strengthen our Benedictine community while serving with Benedictine Sisters. Contact Sr. Mary Bratrsovky at (630) 725-6000 and visit www.shmlisle.org.

West Suburban Community Pantry

“Our vision is a community without hunger.” To be a part of making this vision a reality, visit www.wcpinc.org.

 
 

National Service Opportunities

National service opportunities allow students to expand their commitment to service throughout the country. In the past, Benedictine students have worked at a mission parish with Native Americans in Wisconsin and built and repaired homes in Louisiana destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

National trips are offered during the winter, spring and summer break periods so that students do not have to miss class. More information about these trips can be found below.

Sacred Heart Mission Parish, Hopkins Park, IL

The people of Sacred Heart Mission Parish and the surrounding community of Hopkins Park struggle with abject poverty. Benedictine University has partnering with the parish for years and for nearly a decade has sent students there to help make life a little easier for residents such as distributing food or helping residents with household chores.

During the holiday season, Campus Ministry sponsors a collection of various items to try and provide the people of Hopkins Park with presents they can enjoy. Students who participate in this trip gain a greater perspective on life and form bonds with the spirited and friendly people of Hopkins Park.

Baldwin, MI

Baldwin is located on the west side of Michigan. Each May we work on improving homes and visit with those in the community.

Misericordia, Chicago, IL

Misericordia is a 31-acre residential community serving individuals with developmental disabilities. It offers a wide variety of programs and currently serves more than 600 children and adults. To learn more about Misericordia’s mission, visit www.misericordia.com.

 
 
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International Service Opportunities

Benedictine University currently offers international service opportunities through a partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet. Two trips are currently available: one to the Philippines at the end of the fall semester in January and one to Bolivia at the end of the spring semester in June. More information about University mission trips offered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet can be found by visiting dioceseofjoliet.org/missions.

Sucre, Bolivia

The University Mission to Sucre, Bolivia began in 1995 through the efforts of Sr. Dolores Zemont, O.S.F., at the University of St. Francis. In 2001, it was expanded by the diocese’s Peace and Social Justice Ministry to include students from all three of the diocese’s Catholic universities: Benedictine University, Lewis University and the University of St. Francis. In partnership with the diocese’s Campus Ministry office, students from the College of DuPage, Elmhurst College, Joliet Junior College and North Central College are also included in this mission opportunity.

While in Sucre, students serve at several orphanages, day care centers, a hospital built by the diocese and two psychiatric centers.

Bolivia Service Immersion Experience Dates: TBD

Bacolod, Philippines

Benedictine Campus Ministry has joined the diocese the past several years on mission trips to Bacolod, Philippines. The primary goal of the mission is to build a house with the Gawad Kalinga organization. Students who attend also dialogue with local university students and spend time with families in the village. Students can also join the GK Benedictine student club to help support our community in the Philippines.

Philippines Service Immersion Experience Dates: December 30, 2017-January 10, 2018

Applications are closed.

 
 

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassadors

CRS Student Ambassadors serve to strengthen our relationship with the international humanitarian nonprofit organization Catholic Relief Services. They also educate the Benedictine community on global poverty and injustice, and advocate for the poor and marginalized.

Events organized on campus include Fair Trade sales and the Lenten Rice Bowl Feast Friday programs.

To learn more about CRS, visit www.crs.org.

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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) 829-6029
kheidelberger@ben.edu