Peer Ministry is a Campus Ministry program that prepares and empowers students to be servant leaders to the Catholic Memorial community and in their life beyond CM. Peer Ministers openly respond to Jesus' call to love God and love neighbor, and they seek to intentionally live this out as leaders in the CM community. This program equips students with the necessary skills, talents, and vision to take an active leadership role in Campus Ministry programs such as liturgies, retreats, and mission and service programs such as Hunger Fest, Movember, the Breast Cancer Walk and Mission Madness, as well as in other areas of student leadership within the CM community.
The Peer Ministry Program has three interconnected pillars of servant leadership:
The heart of Peer Ministry is a desire to grow and deepen students’ faith in God. The Peer Ministry program invites students to grow into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Jesus that is lived out in their interpersonal relationships. This is what we hope for when we pray, “Live, Jesus, in our hearts forever!”
Peer ministers seek to form relationships that create a sense of brotherhood and belonging in the CM community. Students develop skills that enable them to mentor their peers; serve as role models; resolve conflicts among peers; plan, lead, and evaluate Campus Ministry programs that serve the community; and to contribute their talents to other essential elements of the CM community.
Peer ministers respond to the call of Christ and the example of Blessed Edmund Rice by seeking to put their gifts and talents in service of others to create a more just and loving world. The Peer Ministry program empowers students to do this through the lens of service and advocacy in order to creatively and effectively care for the CM community, the Church, and the world-at-large.
Participation in Peer Ministry is by application only and open to Juniors and Seniors, and acceptance is ultimately determined by the Campus Ministry Team. Accepted students must be in good academic standing, have the recommendation of their theology teacher and a second teacher of any academic discipline, and will have displayed a lived commitment to the mission and values of Catholic Memorial School. Students of any or no faith tradition are welcome, but all participants must have an openness and eagerness to grow in servant leadership and explore their personal relationships and faith journey.
Program completion and official credit will be awarded for a student’s:
- Promptness to and attendance of meetings.
- Evidenced participation in meetings.
- Leadership participation in campus ministry programs throughout the year.