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Campus Ministry

Welcome to Marist's Campus Ministry Department.  The work that students and staff do within the Ministry programs is at the heart of Marist' mission.  Marist's spirituality includes:

* daily school prayer
* prayer as part of each class
* religion classes
* Sacraments and liturgical celebrations
* service work
* retreats

These religious activities enhance students' spirituality and bring them closer to a lived faith.  Each activity helps us to "serve the least favored" and strengthen Marist's special devotion our Mother Mary.

Ministry Office Staff:

Deacon Andrew Neu, Chaplain

John Hyland, Senior Service Coordinator

Mrs. Colleen Pochyly, Campus Minister/Marist Youth Moderator

All faculty of the Ministry Department serve as part of Campus Ministry as well.

Liturgical Celebrations and Activities
Celebrating the Catholic faith as a school community is an integral element of Marist's spiritual life.  The student body and faculty celebrate prayer services and Eucharistic Liturgies each month.  Days of reflection and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available to enhance each student's spiritual life.  Opportunities are available to become lectors, Eucharistic ministers and altar servers.  Students can also participate in planning religious services.

Marist offers students many ways to serve the community and students are encouraged to take advantage of them by serving in school-sponsored service trips or by serving their local community.

With the Senior Service option in senior year, students earn their fourth year religion credit by ministering in one of the sites below on a daily basis.  The service sites for the 2013-14 school year are:

Park Lawn ADT
Park Lawn Workshop
Sertoma Centre (2 sites)
Elim Christian School
Elim Christian Work Services
Manor Health Care
Smith Senior Living
Providence Health Care
St. Barnabas School
Clissold School
St. John Fisher School
St. Linus School
St. Margaret of Scotland School
Most Holy Redeemer School
Queen of Martyrs School
St. Walter's School
Little Company of Mary Hospital
Advocate Hope Children's Hospital

Permission Slips
Students need to have a permission slip on file for all service opportunities.  Print and complete the appropriate form and return it to the Ministry Offices.

Habitat for Humanity
St. Blase

Retreats are an important element of Marist's spirituality.  The following are brief descriptions of those offered at Marist.

Freshman Retreat:  All freshman participate in a day-long retreat with their religion class at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort, IL.  This retreat serves as an introduction to our retreat program and offers the students a chance to enjoy each other's company, consider their relationship with God and pray together.

Sophomore Retreat:  All sophomores visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository for a half day where they assist the staff in sorting food destined for local food pantries.  This retreat introduces our faith's mandate of social responsibility and allows us to see how close poverty and hunger are to our own neighborhoods.  We return to campus for further reflection and to celebrate the Eucharist together.

Kairos Retreat:  The Kairos retreat program, a very popular program in so many Catholic high schools throughout the country, is offered to seniors and gives students three-and-a-half days of talks, discussion, prayer and reflection.  Students develop greater trust in themselves and others and build a stronger relationship with God.

Registration and Teacher Forms
Following are various permission forms which can be downloaded and printed.  Forms are in .pdf format.

Teacher form:  For each retreat, field trip or anything that happens during the school day, students must present one of these forms to each of his/her teachers.  This verifies that the student has informed the teacher of his/her absence and asked for any assignments related to his/her absence.

For information about Marist's religion curriculum, please visit the Ministry Department.

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