Faith Communities (FAC)
Inspired by our Catholic, Benedictine, and ecumenical heritage, the Faith Communities Ministry at the College of Saint Benedict believes that people of all faiths and backgrounds are created in love, to give and receive love. By joining people of all faiths in community, we seek to bring greater understanding and peace to our campuses and the world. Through respectful dialogue, faith sharing, fellowship, and prayer, we explore the strengths of our common values and the richness of our differences so that we may come to better understand our call to live the mystery of life.
2012-2013 Faith Communities Staff
S. Sharon Nohner OSB, Cody Maynus, Molly Evavold, Steph Loecken, Pastor Linda Lagergren
Our programming includes...
As a Roman Catholic college, we are called to provide opportunites for those CSB/SJU students who are Roman Catholic. These opportunities include:
- Collaboration with St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, MN
- Busy Women's Retreat with lectio divina and spiritual direction/companionship from Sisters in the monastic community
- Presentations by CSB/SJU Theology professors on Catholic teaching, Church, and culture
- Collaboration with and support of CSB Campus Ministry's Liturgy Team to provide important liturgical celebrations at the weekly 6 p.m. Sunday Masses, regular celebrations of the sacrament of Reconciliation, Feast Days, and season-specific liturgies
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and catechism coordinated by Sister Sharon Nohner, OSB, Director of CSB Campus Ministry.
Interfaith and Ecumenical Fellowship
Interfaith Gatherings are ecumenical reflections from various Christian perspectives, in which we dialogue about our common understandings and divergent interpretations. Past gatherings and opportunities have included:
- "Salvation: Who is saved? How? When are we considered saved?"
- "Sharing Our Faith Stories" - Members of various faith communities discuss their experience with God, their faith journey, as well as joys and struggles of faith
- Prayer For Christian Unity with Pastor Linda and Pastor Dwaine from Resurrection Lutheran Church, Pastor Bruce from the Gateway Church, Fr. Jerome from St. Joseph Catholic Church, and CSB Campus Ministers of diverse faith traditions.
- Celebration of Hanukah with Jewish students
- An interfaith healing prayer service for students who have experienced health issues
- Pastor Linda Lagergren, volunteer Campus Minister from Resurrection Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, MN
- Want more information on interfaith dialouge and ecumenism? Check out this handout on ecumenism!
Reflection, Prayer, and Spiritual Growth
We provide various opportunities for prayer and reflection all over campus
- Partners with the Companions on a Journey spiritual companioning program for students.
- Lenten Prayer Opportunities
- Lenten Prayer by Gorecki Fireside from 12:45-12:55 a.m. every Wednesday during Lent
- Monday Lenten Services and Meal in CSB Campus Ministry Reflection Room from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- Daily Lenten Prayer in CSB Campus Ministry Office from 9:15-9:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday
- Bread and Night Blessings in the First Year and Sophomore Residence Halls at the College of St. Benedict. See pictures below!
Want to learn about other faith traditions?
Our mission in Faith Communities is to inform students and faculty at CSB/SJU about other faith traditions. Here are examples of videos our team has created celebrating various faith festivals. Check them out below!
CSB Campus Ministry welcomes those of other faith traditions to worship with the Roman Catholic faith community on campus. We also wish to serve those of other faith traditions who prefer to worship with their own religious affiliation. We help:
- connect students with a particular denomination and arrange transportation
- coordinate a relationship with Resurrection Lutheran Church for prayer and Bible Study
- attend services at Resurrection Lutheran Church
- offer spirituality programs for those outside the Roman Catholic faith
- encourage ecumenical dialogue
- provide a reflection room for personal and group use
Places and times of worship outside of campus.
These events focus on topics for those who are seeking a foundational appreciation of Catholic teachings on fundamentals in faith and morals through theological reflection and respectful dialogue. Past topics include:
- The Catholic Church's teaching on Abortion
- Taking your Conscience to the Voting Booth
- Women and the Catholic Church
- The Catholic Church and Homosexuality
- Towards Building Healthy Relationships Workshop and Retreat with Professor Kari-Shane Davis-Zimmerman
- Busy Women's Retreat
- Feast of St. Benedict
- "And So God Created Them..." Theology of Body Event
CSB Campus Ministry provides a reflection room for personal and group use. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to use this space. If you would like to request use of this space, please contact Ingrid at firstname.lastname@example.org