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Title: Catholic Campus Ministry Yesterday and Today

Catholic Campus Ministry Yesterday and Today
Ex Corde Ecclesiae ...
  • The university born from the heart of the
  • an incomparable center of creativity and
    dissemination of knowledge for the good of
  • Characterized by that gaudium de veritate, so
    precious to St. Augustine, which is that joy of
    searching for, discovering and communicating
    truth in every field of knowledge. Pope John
    Paul II.

The Idea of a University
  • A University is a place of concourse, whither
    students come from every quarter for every kind
    of knowledge.
  • … It is a seat of wisdom, a light of the world, a
    minister of the faith, an Alma Mater of the
    rising generation.
  • … A university … is not a convent, it is not a
    seminary it is a place to fit men of the world
    for the world. John Henry Newman.

But Which Universities?
  • … in the early ages the Church allowed her
    children to attend the heathen schools for the
    acquisition of secular accomplishments ….
  • Now it has interposed in favour of a pure
    University system for Catholic youth, forbidding
    compromise or accommodation of any kind. John
    Henry Newman, 1852.

Catholics and Universities in US
  • First Catholic university in US Georgetown,
  • First to admit a woman Duquesne, 1909.
  • Post Civil War, Catholics at secular schools.
    Reasons given by students
  • Nearby
  • Affordable
  • Broad offerings
  • Great resources
  • Future connections
  • Best chance of future ucce

Campus Ministry at Secular Schools
  • Student initiatives
  • 1883 Melvin Club, University of Wisconsin
  • 1892 Newman Club, Univ. of Penn.
  • Diocesan initiatives
  • 1907 St. Austins Parish, Univ. of Texas
  • Bishop Gallagher of Galveston invited Paulists.
  • Church, classroom building (with classes for
    university credit), womens dormitory.

Support from Bishops
  • Archbishop John Ireland (1901)
  • Is due care taken to instruct in their religion
    the legions of children who, for one reason or
    another, do not attend or will not attend
    Catholic schools and colleges?

Papal Support
  • Pope St. Pius X, encyclical Acerbo Nimis (1905)
  • In the larger cities, and especially where
    universities, colleges and secondary schools are
    located, let classes in religion be organized to
    instruct in the truths of faith and in the
    practice of Christian life the youths who attend
    the public schools from which all religious
    teaching is banned.

But Concerns Were Raised ...
  • Catholic colleges and universities
  • Msgr. Denis OConnell, Rector of Catholic
    University spread of campus ministry would mean
    the Catholic college was destined to disappear.
  • Fr. John Conway of Georgetown The
    quasi-recognition of the great non-Catholic
    universities would be a serious blow to
    Catholic education.

University of Illinois
  • Newman Foundation, Fr. John A. OBrien.
  • 1922 Million Dollar Campaign
  • Vision chapel, residence halls, classrooms,
    library, classes offered for credit. A Catholic
    college for the University of Illinois.
  • No need for Catholic colleges secular schools
    can do technical education better, Catholics just
    need to supply religious component through a

Fr. OBriens Vision
  • Catholic education does not mean the teaching of
    physics … by the Church. … If another agency
    will relieve her of the heavy burden of teaching
    these secular subjects… and an arrangement can
    be made … whereby the Church can impart thorough
    courses in religion … the Church has gained, not
    lost. 1925, to KofC

Jesuit Response
  • 1925, Fr. Herbert Noonan, SJ, former president of
  • OBriens plan a half-baked substitute for
    Catholic higher education.
  • Editorial in America (10/3/25)
  • What the Church wants is Catholic education, not
    merely education in Catholicism.

America, 1924-1926
  • Fr. Claude Heithaus, SJ
  • Every Catholic student in a Catholic schoolthat
    is the wish of the Church.
  • Attendance at non-Catholic universities an
    unfortunate evil which is only tolerated in the
    present emergency.
  • Strengthen and expand what we have.
  • Let the dangers of attendance at non-Catholic
    universities be fully explained.
  • Ban all news of the doings of Catholics at State
    universities from the Catholic press.

A Newman Club, and No More
  • Fr. John LaFarge, SJ
  • unwise to pour our millions into the social
    coddling of Catholics at non-Catholic
  • give the student … a parish church easy of
    access for Mass and the Sacraments, practical and
    pointed talks from the altar, and an edifying and
    learned pastor …. If a Newman Club is needed, let
    there be a Newman Club, precisely that, and no
    more, to help and instruct the students, and to
    preserve some fraternal spirit among the
    Catholics…. For this no Foundation, no elaborate
    display is needed.

And from Some Bishops ...
  • Archbishop Michael J. Curley of Baltimore
  • one of the most dangerous movements in the
    entire field of Catholic education. It is a sort
    of veiled attack from within.
  • I sound the warning against this plan. I
    consider it disloyal to the mind of the Church. I
    consider it destructive of our whole educational
    work of three centuries. I find the plan opposed
    to the mind of the Church, dangerous to the
    Faith, and dangerous to the minds and morals of

Arrested Development
  • Shortage of priests
  • Scarcity of Funds
  • Lack of vision
  • John Whitney Evans, The Newman Movement Roman
    Catholics in American Higher Education, 1883-1971.

National Structures 1908-1969
  • Student groups
  • Catholic Student Association of America
  • 1915 Federation of College Catholic Clubs
    became in 1938 National Newman Club Federation
    (ended 1968)
  • National Federation of Catholic College Students
  • National Newman Chaplains Association
  • National Newman Apostolate, NCWC (1962-1969)
    first formal national support of campus ministry.

National Structures 1969-
  • USCC/NCCB (now USCCB) Division of Campus Ministry
  • Frank J. Lewis Institute
  • Certification
  • Advocacy and communication
  • CCMA (1969-)
  • NCSC (1982-)
  • NADDCM (1983-)

Code of Canon Law 1982
  • Can. 813 The diocesan bishop is to have earnest
    pastoral care for students, even by erecting a
    parish or at least by designating priests stably
    for this, and is to make provision that at
    universities, even non-Catholic ones, there are
    Catholic university centers which give
    assistance, especially spiritual assistance, to

Empowered by the Spirit 1985
  • Ministry to higher education.
  • We must not remain on the margins of the
    academic community but must accept the call to
    bring the light of the Gospel to the very center
    of that world.
  • A ministry of all the baptized
  • Diocesan support and direction.

ES Aspects of Campus Ministry
  • Forming the Faith Community
  • Appropriating the Faith
  • Forming the Christian Conscience
  • Educating for Justice
  • Facilitating Personal Development
  • Developing Leaders for the Future

Ex Corde Ecclesiae 1990
  • Catholic Universities are called to a continuous
    renewal, both as Universities and as
  • must be both a community of scholars
    representing various branches of human knowledge,
    and an academic institution in which Catholicism
    is vitally present and operative.Pope John Paul

Sons and Daughters of the Light 1996
  • Connect young adults with
  • Jesus Christ
  • The Church
  • The mission of the Church in the world
  • A peer community.

New Initiatives
  • Catholic Christian Outreach (1988)
  • Fellowship of Catholic University Students (1997)
  • College COMPASS (1999)

Common Features
  • Evangelization of students
  • On the front lines
  • Individual and small group
  • Peer to peer
  • Enthusiasm
  • Orthodoxy
  • And theyve ruffled a few feathers … as campus
    ministry did 100 years ago.