The Peer Ministry Program, operating within Campus Ministry at a Jesuit and Catholic University, desires to foster the faith development and discerning leadership of Peer Ministers and the students they serve. We hope to invite students of diverse identities, through radical inclusion and hospitality, to know God more intimately; grow more fully into the beloved individuals that God has created them to become; and use their time and energy to share God’s love in the world through service, solidarity and action for social justice toward building God’s reign of justice and peace.

Saint Joseph’s University Campus Ministry Peer Minister Program is designed and offered to prepare students for leadership in ministry. The program includes several distinct positions, each mentored by a full-time Campus Ministry staff member.  Campus Ministry Peer Ministers work in collaboration with professional Campus Ministers to support the spiritual, religious, service, and justice offerings to the student body.

Being a Campus Ministry Peer Minister is an important privilege and responsibility.  This is a paid position* with specific expectations and job requirements. As part of your formation, you will be required to meet with other peer ministers on an occasional basis for formation and hospitality event planning.  These meetings may focus on developing your leadership skills, personal spirituality, knowledge of Ignatian spirituality, and understanding of the mission of university and college Campus Ministry.

Our hope is that you will have a positive and motivating experience of leadership and service in campus ministry which will help to prepare you for full time job positions, continued education, or volunteer opportunities upon graduation.  We also hope that through this experience you will come to know your own gifts and strengths and will further develop a relationship with God that gives meaning and purpose to your life.

Nothing is more practical than finding God,

than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,

what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends,

what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart,

and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

~Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

* Students who qualify for Federal Work Study funds are asked to utilize these funds for the Peer Minister position. However, Federal Work Study eligibility is not required for the Peer Minister position.

In keeping with Saint Joseph's University policy of equal opportunity in every aspect of its operations, we seek diverse and talented students from a variety of backgrounds; Campus Ministry does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other status protected by law.

Peer Minister Expectations 2022-23: 

Retreat 

    • Formation retreat - August 26-27, 2022
    • January (evening) 2023 - Date TBD

Leadership at Campus Ministry Events

    • Welcome Mass and Campus Ministry Fair - Sunday, August 21 (6:00pm-9:00pm)
    • Fall Cookout - Date TBD
    • Activities Fair - Date TBD
    • Mass of the Holy Spirit - Friday, September 16 at 12:15pm
    • Seasonal Celebration - Sunday, December 11  (5:00-9:30pm, 5:00pm Setup, 7pm Mass, 8-9pm Reception, 9:00-9:30 Clean Up)
    • January Interfaith Prayer Service - Date/Time TBD (highly encouraged)
    • May Farewell Cookout - TBD

Training and Formation Sessions

    • Leader Training Day - TBD
    • Monthly gatherings, dates TBD

Actively pursue your own spiritual growth 

    • Determine an appropriate plan with your supervisor 

Serve as a positive representative Campus Ministry at all times

    • Actively engage as part of a larger Campus Ministry Team committed to:
      • Exploring, deepening, and living out Gospel-values in the real world  
      • Working together in a constructive and respectful fashion
      • Conducting yourself as a positive role model inside and outside of Campus Ministry contexts

Fulfill tasks, commitments, and expectations as set by your supervisor for the specific program for which you are working

    • Recognize that this is a paid position and as such needs to be prioritized in your schedule 
    • Recognize that this is a significant time commitment. Please ensure you have the time to commit to this position!

Peer Minister Agreement

I understand the expectations of the Peer Minister role as outlined on this form, and I acknowledge that my presence and participation at the listed events is a required part of my position. 

I understand that serving as a Peer Minister requires that I display hospitality and openness inside and outside of Wolfington Hall. I commit to being a welcoming presence to ALL students, and to speaking up when needed to uphold our community values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

I will seek to connect with the Peer Minister community and understand our individual programs as collaborative and interconnected with the mission and identity of SJU. 

I will seek personal and spiritual formation, understanding that my growth will benefit the whole.

  1. Weekly Service (4 positions) - A position description is available here. Please note: at least one academic year of weekly community service (through Weekly Service, Service-Learning, APO, other student org involvement, etc.) is strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
  2. Liturgy (3 positions) A position description is available here. Please note: Applications are open to current SJU Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors involved in Liturgy and Music.
  3. Retreats (1 position) - A position description is available here. Please note: a student must have already attended Search in order to apply for this position.
  4. Christian Life Communities - CLC (1 position) - A position description is available here. Please note: We are going to be doing some amazing things our CLC model this upcoming semester. You will learn more details upon an interview.
  5. Winter Immersion Program (4 positions) - A position description is available here.  Please note: you must have going through the program at least 1X to apply
  6. Community and Hospitality (2 positions) - A position description is available here. Please note: This is a new position for 2022-2023.
  7. Communications (1 position) - A position description is available is available here
  8. Apex (2 positions) - A position description is available here. Please note: Applications are open to any junior (rising senior) who is currently a member of the 2022 APEX team.

Applications for Peer Ministry are available in March for the following academic year.