CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP NEWS
This year the Christian Leadership Class visited Homeboy Industries, which is a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive rehabilitation services for people ensnared by the gang lifestyle. It was started by a Jesuit priest named Fr. Greg Boyle whose autobiographical novel was read by the students. The students took tours with "homies," who are young men in the gang rehabilitation program. These men shared their life stories and offered insight about ways young people can make positive decisions that lead to success. After the tours, they dined in Homegirl Cafe, which is a restaurant that employs women who struggle in the gang lifestyle.
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Educating the heart and mind is at the core of Notre Dame’s ministry team. Creating and sustaining an environment which nurtures “the formation of the hearts of students and the development of a positive response toward religion within them. I have always understood education to be only this. I have always been convinced that the first duty of any teacher is to produce Christians; society today has a greater need for people of values than it has for scholars.” Fr. Moreau.
“A distinctive characteristic of campus ministry is the multifaceted presence they have to the student, touching everything from catechesis to counseling to companionship. The presence and activity of campus ministers is a ministry of leadership and accompaniment. Campus Ministry has a unique opportunity to challenge students to examine their life-experiences with the perspective of faith and to learn ways in which daily life and faith converge.
Faith cannot be communicated as something which is proper only to religion classes or campus ministry activities; it must infiltrate every aspect of daily life. The ideal for campus ministry to serve the whole community is for students to see that faculty and staff are also working to see and understand the bridge between faith and daily experience.” Heritage and Mission in the Holy Cross Tradition.
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