by Kate Pelusi
Despite what you think you already know about Campus Ministry, you probably don’t know about it at all, nor people who run it.
Campus Minister John DiMucci came to Cabrini in the fall of 1995. In 1993 he received his undergraduate degree in liberal studies from Neuman College in Aston, Pa.
DiMucci then received his master’s in theology from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. While at the University of Dayton, DiMucci was the campus minister.
Upon his arrival to Cabrini, DiMucci’s first goal was to build up the small campus ministry program and direct it towards student interest and need.
The campus ministry program has experienced an amazing amount of growth and student interest in the program is extremely high.
In his role as campus minister, DiMucci has brought the Search program to Cabrini, expanded the Appalachia program, and launched the Border experience.
“I would like to see every person who graduates from Cabrini to say they had a positive experience with campus ministry,” DiMucci said.
DiMucci elaborated that “campus ministry is about connecting with other people and learning more about life.”
A newer face to campus ministry is Mary Laver, who received her Ph.D in Jewish/Christian relations.
Before coming to Cabrini, Laver taught ethics at the Philadelphia Center of Great Lakes College Association.
Laver came to Cabrini because she was interested in being involved with students in and out of the classroom. She was interested in being a campus minister and luckily, she found a spot at Cabrini.
Laver explained that the campus ministry program focuses on student leadership and welcoming all students. Campus ministry also has a very informal and casual structure.
One of Laver’s goals at Cabrini is presenting programs that educate and prepare in-service projects.
“I hope to help students to build on terrific programs that John has brought to the college that develop the connection between spirituality and service,” Laver said.
Upcoming events include the Senior Retreat from April 6th-7th and the Walk for Hunger on April 7th. For anyone interested in being a part of the Hunger and Homelessness Campaign next semester, there is a planing meeting on Thursday April 5 at 7:10 p.m. in the Widener Center Conference Room on the second floor.
Campus ministry also started a Lenten Meditation this semester on Wednesdays that have become very popular and will perhaps continue even after Lent.
The Border Experience for campus ministry is fast approaching as well. There will be an information meeting on Tuesday April 3rd at 9:45 p.m. in Widener Conference Room on the second floor. Applications for the Border Experience are due April 4.
Campus ministry has a variety of programs for all different types of people with different interests. It is an excellent way to meet new people, build character and expand your horizons.
As DiMucci put it best:”No matter who you are or what your background is, campus ministry is a place that will make your life better.”