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Campus Ministry

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    Everything Campus Ministry does is geared towards transformation through an encounter with the Love of God and love of neighbor.  We do this by forming relationships with students that encourage them to become the best version of themselves.  Campus Ministry seeks to serve students of all backgrounds: those who consider themselves religious, those who do not consider themselves religious, and those who are not sure.  We offer a wide variety of events and programs that give students ample opportunity to connect with Campus Ministry, our full-time staff, and our student-leaders.  We do not expect that everything we offer is for you, but we are confident that we have something to offer everyone.  If we don't, let us know, and we will be happy to work with you.

    The Campus Ministry team consists of five full-time Campus Ministers, a part-time Music Ministry Coordinator, and over 50 student-leaders!  We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you throughout your time at Gannon.

    Take a look below at some of the programs offered through Campus Ministry:

    Sunday Masses on Campus

    Catholic Masses are offered on campus Sundays at 10:00am and 8:00pm.  Students of any background are welcome to join us for Mass.  If you are not Catholic and wish to attend, we will be happy to welcome you and guide you through the Mass so that you feel comfortable worshipping with us.

    If you are looking to attend services of another tradition, please reach out to our office, and we would be happy to help you connect with a faith community of your choosing.

    Christian-Life Groups

    Christian Life Groups are student-led small groups of 7-10 students who meet weekly to more deeply explore faith, pray together, and discuss and share life with one another.  These groups are a great opportunity for students to explore deeply into more specific aspects of the Christian / Catholic Faith and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.  The small group environment lends itself well to the formation of deep friendship with members of the group who share a common passion.  We encourage you to consider joining one of our three Christian Life Groups.

    • Women's Christian Life Group - Join other women on campus for deep conversations and fellowship rooted in shared faith and experiences. This group will meet weekly to read, talk, and pray together, encouraging the growth of supportive female relationships.
    • Scripture Christian Life Group - This student led Bible Study will lead you in a deep reading and experience of Scripture.  The group will meet weekly to focus on a particular story or passage and discuss how Scripture continues to speak to us today.
    • Discipleship Christian Life Group - Join other students looking to deepen their faith and live as disciples of Christ.  Group members will learn about and discuss the life that they are called to live as Christians and the relationships God calls them into.

    First-Year Residence Hall Programs

    Our First-Year Residence Halls (North Hall and Finegan Hall) have Resident Campus Ministers (RCMs) who live in the hall and work with the Resident Director and the Resident Assistants to support the students and the community living in the hall.  These Campus Ministers are here to support you throughout your time at Gannon.  Each Resident Campus Minister offers a variety of programming to the students in the residence hall.  Some programs are weekly are one-time events.

    The weekly programs in the First-Year Halls are:

    Conversations that Matter - Meets Wednesdays at 9:00pm in Finegan Hall

    •  Conversations that Matter is a great opportunity for students to gather weekly for honest conversation about current events, college life, faith, or other topics of interest to the group.

    Smoothing the Soul - Meets Wednesdays at 9:00pm in North Hall

    •  Smoothing the Soul meets weekly for mediation and smoothies.  It is a great opportunity to explore mindfulness, meditation, and silence.  It is also a great place to meet people.

    Retreats

    Retreats offer a great opportunity to step back for a brief period of time from the normal rhythm of life to take some time to focus on spiritual and personal growth.  They are also great opportunities to form community and build friendships with some amazing people across Gannon's campus.

    FIRST-YEAR RETREAT

    Start your time at Gannon off on this upperclassmen-led retreat with fellow first-year students. The retreat is offered during the early weeks of the semester and is a great opportunity to expand your network of friends at Gannon.  First-Year Retreat allows first-year students to get off campus for the weekend and create a great sense of community that often lasts through their entire Gannon experience.

    METANOIA

    The signature retreat offered by the Gannon Campus Ministry team, Metanoia is similar to TEC or Kairos retreat experiences. Like most of our other retreats, it is a student-led retreat experience. Metanoia is meant to explore faith, to ask big questions, and to take a little time for yourself with a great group of Gannon students from all corners of campus. It is offered once a semester.

    BUSY PERSON'S RETREAT

    A retreat especially designed for busy people offered once each semester. In the Fall semester, retreatants spend a half hour with a retreat director and a half hour reflecting on scripture and prayer each day during the five day retreat without leaving campus. A communal opening and closing session are also held for retreatants and retreat directors. During the Spring semester, the Busy Person's Retreat takes the shape of a personal Lenten journey with a spiritual director where the retreatants will meet on a weekly basis with their director over the course of Lent.

    JUBILEE

    A conference designed to help college students integrate their faith into all areas of their lives. Organized by the Coalition for Christian Outreach, this conference is held annually in Pittsburgh, PA during the Spring semester.

    MEN'S AND WOMEN'S RETREATS

    Men's women's retreats are offered on an as needed / as desired basis.  They are more flexible and allow us to meet specific needs and interest of specific groups of students at specific times.

    SENIOR RETREAT

    Wrap up your stint at Gannon reflecting on your time here and looking ahead to the future. Like the First-Year Retreat, the Senior Retreat is a great way to bookend your Gannon experience.

    Christian Living Communities

    CATHOLIC HOUSE

    An intentional living learning community that fosters holistic development in the Catholic faith. The Catholic House is built on five pillars: prayer, service, community, chastity, and study.

    THE KIRK HOUSE

    This intentional Christian Community provides an environment of spiritual challenge, growth, and support to those who live there, as well as provides spiritual and social outreach to other students.

    Other Campus Ministry Programs

    SPIRITUALITY ON TAP

    Spirituality on Tap is a gathering of students that participate in discussions about current events, theology, and issues facing college students. This event takes place at local bars, taverns, and restaurants. Appetizers are provided and students buy their own beverages.  Spirituality on Tap occurs once each month.

    R.C.I.A

    The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A. is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices. Other processes are available for individuals who have been already baptized but have not yet completed the other Sacraments of Initiation such as Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion.

    General and Contact info

    The Mission & Ministry Office, guided by the wisdom of Christ, seeks to promote faith development among students, faculty and staff, celebrated in worship, supported by human community, and expressed in service. The Office of Mission and Ministry consists of the Center for Social Concerns, The Office of Campus Ministry, and the Office of the Associate Vice President for Mission and Ministry.

    Campus Ministry, one component of the Mission and Ministry Office, is a community of people who stimulate: growth in faith; formation of Christian conscience, leadership and personal development; formation of human community; and an understanding of issues of peace and justice. The Gospel of Christ serves as the unifying vision: the truth which sets us free.

    All programs/services are open to the entire Gannon community. To get involved or for more information regarding any program listed on our webpage, contact Campus Ministry in person or by phone.

    The Campus Ministry office is located in the Keim Commons Room 102 of the Waldron Campus Center . Regular office hours are from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

    Phone:   814-871-7435

    Email:  campmin@gannon.edu

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