Campus Ministry

Welcome to Campus Ministry at Fontbonne!

We live and work to bring all people into union with God and with one another.
– CSJ Core Constitutions

This statement is at the core of how we nurture spiritual life at Fontbonne. It is our hope that you will find a place to be in relationship with God, others and yourself. Guided by the Catholic Church and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, FBU ministry welcomes and serves students of all religious backgrounds and traditions without distinction to grow spiritually.

We are here to listen to your story and share in your spiritual journey during your time at Fontbonne. We provide opportunities for you to share your faith, develop spiritual practices, worship, participate in community and integrate your faith in everyday life.

God loves you and wants you to become the best version of yourself while making a difference in the world.

Faith Development

Campus Ministry offers a variety of spiritual programs to help nurture the faith community at Fontbonne University. It’s important to pray, gather in fellowship, learn about one’s faith, explore other faith traditions and have companions for one’s journey in faith.

The key is to continue learning so that a person can evolve as a spiritual being, and a child of God, in a way that transforms themselves and the world around them.

  • Bible Study
  • Le Puy Lunches
  • Small Faith Sharing Groups
  • Spiritual Direction

Worship and Prayer

Making time in one’s day for worship and prayer is a vital piece of spiritual development.  The Office of Campus Ministry encourages each person to actively involve themselves with a worship community, whether on or off campus.

As a Catholic Institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne is fundamentally committed to empowering the faith and spiritual development of all students. In the spirit of the Sisters, in love and unity, we hope to foster an environment in which religious freedom and ecumenical and interfaith relationships can flourish – an environment in which the integrity of one’s faith is celebrated and supported. For those who wish to worship off campus, the St. Louis area is a rich resource for worship and community involvement. Please see the list of Off-Campus Faith Communities for more ways to connect with the St. Louis faith community.

College is a time for growth and learning. Make spiritual growth a part of your years at Fontbonne!

Sacred Spaces

Doerr Chapel

Located in Ryan Hall, the Chapel serves the entire Fontbonne community and is a place where the community comes together to celebrate Masses and special services.

Hours for Doerr Chapel: Follows Ryan Hall hours.

Interfaith Gathering Space

Located in Medaille 58 off the Arnold Memorial Center (AMC), the Interfaith Gathering Space is open daily for individual prayer and meditation. There are resources for your use including books and religious object from a variety of faith traditions. There is also a piano available for use. The room may also be reserved for groups for one time or regular spiritual reflection and ritual. 

*If you would like to reserve this space please contact Lori Helfrich.

Hours for the Interfaith Gathering Space: 7:00am-10:30 pm.

Islamic Prayer Room

Located in room L11C in the basement of the Jack C. Taylor Library, the Islamic Prayer room offers opportunities for individual prayer throughout the day.

Hours for the Islamic Prayer Room: follows Library hours.

Explore Campus Ministry

Retreats & Trips

Fontbonne Faith Traditions

Upcoming Events

Wave of Ministry

The Campus Ministry leaders are assigned to waves of ministry: community, prayer and service. These waves gather twice a month to plan regular service opportunities, community events, interfaith opportunities, liturgies, retreats, prayer and more. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend these meetings and contribute ideas for the entire Fontbonne community.

Community

Regardless of religious preference, students are called together to build community through relationships with others. In creating and implementing programming for the greater Fontbonne community, students collaborate with many departments, and student organizations to offer hospitality, and community building to the entire Fontbonne community.

Spirituality

Rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition as a Roman Catholic institution, Fontbonne encourages students to engage in spiritual development. Students plan regular prayer on campus that fosters spiritual growth through prayer services, retreats, Mass and other prayer opportunities.

Action

Service to the Dear Neighbor without distinction is one of the hallmarks of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Students in the action wave work in collaboration with the Service and Justice Coordinators, a group of students leaders and the office of Service, Diversity and Social Justice to plan regular service and service immersion trips that happen throughout the year. In addition to direct service, students are encouraged to explore Catholic Social Teachings and how the Fontbonne community can be involved in social justice activities.

Post-graduate Volunteer Service

Interested in serving the dear neighbor after graduation? Want to obtain transferable skills to the “real world” while sharing your passion for change?

Check out these Post-Graduate Service resources and explore opportunities to volunteer with agencies that support year-long commitments.

Catholic Volunteer Network
Corporation for National and Community Service

Peace Corps
International Volunteer Programs Association

Resources

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