Campus Ministry is central to our University’s mission: Creighton exists for students and for learning. The Campus Ministry Department accompanies students, faculty, staff and alumni into a transformative relationship with a God who invites us to a life of love and service. As Catholic, Creighton is dedicated to the pursuit of truth in all its forms and is guided by the living tradition of the Church. As Jesuit, Creighton University participates in the tradition of the Society of Jesus, a religious order founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose companions gave witness to their love of Jesus Christ through service to others in many acts of Christian charity. In terms of the Jesuits’ educational apostolate, formation of students to become “agents of change” in the world is paramount. Students learn to promote a “faith that does justice,” while being “women and men for and with others.” As comprehensive, Creighton’s education is directed to the intellectual, social, spiritual and physical aspects of students' lives as they continue their vocations after graduation.
Members of the Campus Ministry team are ready at any time to dialogue about the spiritual journey of students of any faith tradition. All students of Creighton's community are welcome to "come to the quiet" of St. John's to reflect and pray for guidance as they live out their vocation as students in the Ignatian tradition, and to talk with one of our qualified ministers with any questions or challenges they may experience in their lives of faith.
The Campus Ministry staff consists of professional lay ministers assisted by Jesuit priests, a graduate student intern who is exploring professional ministry as their life calling. Our offices are located in Lower Swanson Hall.
Campus Ministry offers a comprehensive retreat program, individual spiritual direction, faith-sharing communities called Christian Life Communities (CLC), featured faith and social events, discussion groups, and sacramental preparation through St. John’s parish, including the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and marriage preparation.
St. John's is the symbolic center of the Creighton community in the heart of our campus. Catholic Christians are most welcome to join the parish community as active members. There are many opportunities for students to participate fully as lectors, musicians, or Eucharistic ministers in our regular parish and University liturgies.
Campus Ministry is not just for Catholic students. Campus Ministry provides links for students to religious communities representing their own faith tradition, so they can “grow where they are planted.” We believe that one of our most important services is to provide opportunities for our students to become involved or to continue their involvement with a faith tradition and community that worships God in service of the larger community. This includes providing ways for students of diverse faith traditions to come together for inter-faith dialogue, prayer, and retreat and service experiences, while exploring their own faith in greater depth.
Campus Ministry collaborates with Creighton’s Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), and the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC), helping students experience a special care for the poor, in the context of a faith that does justice, through direct service opportunities. Students are welcome to visit the Campus Ministry offices located on the lower level of Swanson Hall.