Body + Mind + Spirit

Belong

Finding your place: at Alverno, in a circle of friends, in your family, in your community, in the world

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Care

Caring for you, caring for others

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Flourish

Helping yourself, helping others, making the world a better place

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Mission

Campus Ministry assists and supports members of the Alverno community on their faith journey. Faith development and spirituality are treated as integral and life-long components of each person’s total wellness.

Members of the Alverno community are diverse in their faith, spirituality and denominational affiliations, which influences worship services, events and programs to reflect inclusivity while drawing inspiration from a Catholic, Franciscan framework.

Location
  • The Chapel
    Founders Hall — Second Floor
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  • Please contact Student Affairs for information.

What We Do

With care and enthusiasm, Campus Ministry seeks to contribute to the future of Alverno as a place where quality traditions are created and anticipated. Our goal is to use Franciscan hospitality as the basis for building bridges of knowledge, understanding and appreciation among people of all faiths who comprise the Alverno community. We believe in:

  • Supporting members of the Alverno community on their spiritual journey and in their expressions of faith
  • Discovering and affirming the spiritual in all of life
  • Ritualizing and celebrating life events in ways that honor people’s deepest-held beliefs
  • Creating an atmosphere of safety, openness, trust and respect
  • Integrating the Alverno Abilities of Communication, Problem Solving, Valuing in Decision Making, Developing a Global Perspective and Aesthetic Engagement into programs, events and internal staff relationships
  • Working collaboratively and cooperatively with departments, student organizations and individuals to create sustainable traditions

Campus Ministry focuses on developing enriching events in each of its four main outreach categories — Spiritual, Service, Social and Educational.

Daily Activity

  • Words of Wisdom Basket — This basket of quotes outside the Campus Ministry office is filled daily, often more than once, because so many students, faculty and staff pass by in need of inspiration.

Weekly Events

  • TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday) — A table of thank you cards placed outside Campus Ministry every Monday offers passers-by the opportunity to focus on sending thoughts of gratitude to others, rather than grumbling about a Monday morning.
  • Tuesdays @ 3: Crumpets and Tea — Enjoying something warm to drink and something sweet to eat, 10-15 students, faculty and staff attend every week and find a welcoming respite from their hectic schedules. Campus Ministry student workers facilitate this event that requires attendees to turn off phones and computers, sit for at least five minutes, and engage in positive communication.
  • M&M — Midweek Meditation (Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1 p.m.) — Six to 10 attend every Wednesday for this meaningful and relaxing half-hour meditation session.

Monthly Events

  • Each month from September through May, about 15 staff, faculty and students serve at the St. Ben’s Meal Program, which supports Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless. Student organizations often volunteer as a group.

    “I would like to express the happiness and deep inner peace that I felt when serving the hungry at St. Ben’s. The organization brings love, attention and humble services to the hungry. How wonderful!”

The Lenten Season and Easter

  • Ash Wednesday (the first Wednesday of Lent, usually February or March) — Although not an official holy day of the Catholic church, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and ashes are distributed.
  • Lenten Letters (Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday) — Beginning Ash Wednesday, cards are available in the chapel lobby for people to express good wishes and hopes for reconciliation.

April

  • Significant Women Brunch — Recognize a significant woman in your life by treating her to a special brunch.

May

  • Graduation Mass

September

  • Peace Pole Celebration and Drum Circle — This celebration, begun in 2009, annually attracts 100 attendees to Alumnae Courtyard. The drumming facilitator leads attendees in a drumming accolade and speaks the Peace Pole mantra of “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”
  • 9/11 Remembrance (held on 9/11) — This event, which emerged from the International and Intercultural Center, is held in conjunction with the Peace Pole Celebration. On 9/11, a sandbox is placed in the chapel lobby so people can express their memories, recollections and positive hopes for the future by writing a thought, word or verse on a rock and placing it in the sandbox. The rocks are saved and placed around the Peace Pole at the next year’s event, creating a ring of positive thoughts.

October

  • Homecoming Mass (the Sunday of Homecoming Weekend)
  • Blessing of Animals — As an homage to St. Francis, Alverno community pets are blessed on campus.

November

  • All Saints Day Mass/All Souls Day Mass (November 1 and 2) — All Saints Day is celebrated with a Book of Life for all to write in, commemorating deceased loved ones. The Alumnae Office collects the names of these deceased loved ones, and Campus Ministry members read them aloud in the chapel that day.
  • Labyrinth Walk — Each year, a replica of the labyrinth pattern from the Chartes Cathedral floor is placed in the Conference Center for three days, when attendees are invited to walk the pattern and reflect on the twists and turns of life’s journey.

December

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) — This commemoration honors alumnae who passed away that year with a Mass.
  • Graduation Mass

Service, Educational and Special Events

  • Good for Their Soles, Good for Our Souls is a sock collection for St. Ben’s in September and October.
  • Spirituality & S’mores is a welcome activity for students living in the residence halls at the start of each year.
  • Roundtables — Religion: Source of Unity or Division?
  • Meditation 101: Simple Silence — This one-credit course is offered through the Wellness Program on Wednesdays. No experience is required.