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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 are 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 you come to know your own gifts and strengths and will prepare you for full time job positions, continued education, or volunteer opportunities upon graduation.  We also hope that through this experience you will further develop a relationship with God - both individually and communally - 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 2020 - 2021: 

  1. Retreat

    • Formation retreat (on-campus) - August 28 & 29th, 2020
    • Mid-Year one day retreat - date TBD
  2. Hospitality and Information events

    • Welcome Mass, Introductions, & Campus Ministry Fair  
    • Fall Welcome Events 
    • Mass of the Holy Spirit
    • Seasonal Celebration 
    • Farewell Mass & Reception 
    • Farewell Cookout 
  3. Training Sessions

    • Multiple trainings at varied times during fall 2020; examples include: Safe Zone, Autism Awareness, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Crisis/Mental Health 
  4. Actively pursue your own spiritual growth 

    • Determine an appropriate plan with your supervisor 
  5. Community Building

    • Ministry of Hospitality- be present in Wolfington communal spaces
    • Minister of Hospitality (1-2) times per semester at mass - handing out worship aids and, greeting,
    • Regular gatherings in Peer Minister groups to foster mutual understanding, support, and friendship
  6. 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
  7. 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.