Loyola High School

Loyola High School is a Jesuits Founded Non- Government Co-education High School. It is situated in Kinondoni Municipality.

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CAMPUS MINISTRY AT LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL

Our mission in Campus Ministry is to carry on and to keep alive the charism and the history of the school. This mission is carried through various. In assuming various responsibilities, we are all encouraged to work as a team and to remember we are engaged in a collaborative ministry.

Within the bustle of a vibrant school environment and among the hectic schedules of the students, faculty members, the support staff, administrators and families, campus ministers face the task of inviting others to make time and space for God. No one program or one person can meet all the pastoral needs of a Catholic School. Instead, meeting those needs takes the involvement of student leaders, faculty volunteers, parents, and a wide range of programs such as seminars, workshops, retreats, liturgy, and service learning (community service), student leadership and social life of the staff. True Campus Ministry involves just that – the entire campus. As campus ministers, therefore, we seek to identify the need of the Campus community and to invite the students and faculty members to embrace the call to fullness of life which is found in God. Campus ministry also includes less obvious elements such as the ministry of the presence, outreach to families, and advocacy on behalf of the students in the administrative discussions.

There are a number of objectives we bear in mind as Campus ministers in a Catholic institution. We seek to communicate and proclaim the gospel message; we aim at providing opportunities for the members of the school community to deepen their understanding of, and commitment to Jesus and his message; we purpose to invite and encourage involvement in and celebration of the faith community through various forms and styles of worship. It is at the heart of our ministry to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each person (a) to help individuals realize their significance in relation to school, family, church, and world community, (b) to call on and encourage members of the school community to share their gifts and to minister to others’ needs by responsible participation in the life, mission, and the work of the church; Another objective is to raise consciousness about, and encourage action regarding contemporary moral and social problems, as well as to urge people to work toward a more just, safe, and peaceful world. We as well aim at complementing the general goals and objectives of the religion department and the school.

Campus Ministry programs, as expressions of the ministry of the church, foster the faith development of entire school communities. Catholic schools are called to be communities of faith where prayer and worship shape and transform all members.

Prayer and Liturgy: Through meaningful liturgy and prayer experiences, we aim at deepening the faith of the students and move them more fully into discipleship. Liturgy and prayer reminds us of our dependence on God and call us to active worship and dialogue with our creator.

Service Learning/Community Service: Catholic high schools provide the students with powerful but less obvious paths to God in their service programs. Many young people who have trouble focusing at the Eucharist, or Mass, or focusing during class discussions are touched by the face of Jesus/God in people they serve. While doing service, the students step outside their normal routines and encounter adults who display courage and generosity in the face of adversity or children who laugh and play in the midst of suffering.

Retreats: Retreats afford the students, along with the faculty and staff members, time for solitude with God, conversion and reconciliation, and the development of community. In our case at Loyola, we conduct days of recollections, retreats for various groups. There is also a special kind of retreat program called Kairos Retreat which is done in collaboration with Boston College High School. If conditions would allow, we encourage all students to attend this retreat before they graduate from Loyola. Normally, Kairos Retreat is a weekend-long retreat which means losing academic lessons on a given Friday when a student is to attend.

Leadership Development: There are plenty of gifted prayer leaders, creative retreat planners, and students who choose to be dedicated to community service. In Campus ministry we acknowledge and support such students and empower them. At Loyola we have already a group of students who are Peer Animators and Liturgical coordinators from all streams. By developing and nurturing leaders among the students, faculty and staff members, we aim at achieving two goals: First, by inviting others into leadership in ministry, we seek to better meet the needs of the community. Second, by inviting students into ministerial leadership, we better equip the students for leadership in the church, in their faith community and in larger community.

Ministry of Presence: The ministry of the presence is intangible. Campus ministers must have a presence around the school during normal school hours and, when possible, at events that occur outside the school day. The ministry of the presence involves taking the time to walk the halls between classes, touching base with the students. It is spending time in the library, discussing the day’s events with the students during their off periods. Attending sports with students, interacting with the staff or checking in on faculty and staff members on their breaks and attending various activities that mark the day-to-day life of the school community.

Through having a presence in the school, campus ministers are able to connect with the students, faculty members, and staff, add credibility to the campus ministry program, and become more aware of the pulse of the community and effect the ministry has on the school. Through the ministry of the presence we more easily identify the students ready for involvement in ministry who might otherwise be missed. In addition the ministry of the presence offers us an opportunity to minister to young people who would never come to our offices seeking assistance.

As Campus Ministers, we have the calling to be present to the community in a manner that is not open to or expected of other faculty and staff members. In campus ministry we seek to gradually but purposefully seek to build relationships with the students, faculty and staff members, administrators and parents. Within the context of healthy boundaries, we are able to share Good News in ways that are personal, relevant, and authentic. The connections that give ministry vitality always happen within relationships. Our programs lead us into, and draw from, the power of our relational ministry of presence.

In the end, the ministry of presence is the heart of Christian ministry. It was the ministry of Christ, who chose to spend time with people. In both formal and informal situations, Jesus modeled the importance of being accessible and visible to those among whom he ministered.

As it is, Campus ministry is a ministerial complex of pastoral, catechetical, educational program which encompasses, among others, the mission of evangelization, offering spiritual direction counselling ministry, and prophetic efforts that seeks to build a living faith community. It is a coordinated holistic ministerial effort. While campus ministry’s primary focus is on students, the personal growth and faith development of each person in the school contributes to achieving its fundamental goal of building up and living in a faith community. The following are the basic concepts underlying the campus ministry.

Campus Ministry is a dimension of total religious education. It works at creating an environment in which the student can become more fully human and more fully Christian. Campus ministry works in cooperation with the school’s religion department to provide an experiential and voluntary dimension to the Religious formation and faith development of students and others in school.

Campus ministry works within the boundaries of an educational institution. Therefore, it is concerned with the overall school philosophy, curriculum, programs, and polices insofar as they all impact the faith community.

Finally, the context for campus ministry is the school faith community. Campus ministry work at and supports all faith community building efforts within the school as well as in the extended community of the neighborhood.