“O God, to know you is life, to serve you is freedom, to praise you is the soul’s joy and delight. Guard us with the power of your grace, here and in all places, now and at all times and forever.” –St. Augustine
The Office of Campus Ministry is the center of the Prep’s spiritual life. In our goal to “teach as Jesus did,” we aspire to convey and perpetuate Catholic and Augustinian values and morals to our school community. We build up and strengthen the faith of our young men, while also nurturing the attributes and goodwill of the Christian gentlemen.
St. Augustine welcomed all kinds of people to his table because he believed that all of humanity, whether one was a believer or nonbeliever, was actively searching for God. Here at St. Augustine Prep, we seek to educate the whole person, the spirit, mind, and body, using the principles of St. Augustine. Through our core adherence to the virtues of Unitas (Unity), Veritas (Truth), and Caritas (Love), we strive to make the Prep a welcoming and inclusive community in which everyone feels comfortable and safe, just as St. Augustine would have wanted.
We may not all be Christian or Roman Catholic, but we can all be Augustinian. Campus Ministry is diverse in its responsibilities, but uniform in its commitment to fostering a campus community centered on the gospel message of Jesus Christ through the lived experience of our students in a community of faith-formation and discipleship.
Responsibilities of the Office of Campus Ministry include:
- Coordinating prayer services/liturgies for the various athletic teams
- Managing the public call to prayer in both the morning and at the day’s end
- Preparing and training students who will act as servers, lectors and cantors during the school-wide liturgy held every Wednesday
- Managing a Sacristan Club of altar servers, lectors, and cantors
- Promoting daily chapel use
- Organizing family events, such as the Mother-Senior Communion Breakfast, Junior Ring Mass, Father-Son Communion Breakfast, and Graduation Mass
- Directing various campus-wide activities, including the Thanksgiving Food Drive, The Giving Tree, and Operation Warm
- Advertising the numerous spiritual exercises and service projects made available to students both on and off campus
- Gathering religious reflections from students, faculty, and staff for our Advent and Lent Publications.
- Working closely with representatives of the school’s parent organizations to successfully facilitate joint parent/student projects
- Compiling a Book of the Deceased Students & Faculty for remembrance purposes
- Working on service projects in conjunction with other school organizations to more effectively serve the wider community
- Compiling and circulating all prayer requests, while also informing the community of illnesses and deaths
- Fostering collaboration with other Augustinian ministries and schools on the local, regional, and international levels to celebrate mutual heritage
- Protecting the Catholic-Augustinian character of the Prep
- Promoting the most important feature of the Catholic-Augustinian education: ensuring that the love and compassion of Jesus permeates academics, athletics, social events, and all other aspects of life at the Prep
If you or anyone you know is in need of prayer, please let us know by calling (856) 697-2600 ext. 118 or by submitting your confidential prayer to the Office of Campus Ministry. You can also access our Prayer Request form in our top right-hand Quick Links box, or by clicking the button below. The Prep community is here to pray for you!Submit a Prayer Request
The Office of Mission and Ministry
It is our responsibility to assist the Office of the President in promoting and defending the Catholic and Augustinian identity of St. Augustine Prep School. In this essential and pivotal role, we strive to to engage our students both spiritually and academically. This is accomplished through the support and encouragement of the various programs and events sponsored by Campus Ministry, whose aim is to holistically encourage each student in their own unique search for God.
“What profit would a man show if he were to gain the whole world and destroy himself in the process? Matthew 16:26
The Prep community meets weekly to celebrate Mass, and students regularly serve in various ministries. Additionally, the Prep offers many opportunities for personal spiritual growth and development. Ministry Team members are available for spiritual accompaniment for all members of our community.
“I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me.” Matthew 25:40
In addition to the Spiritual Life of the Prep, Campus Ministry also oversees the various service ministries undertaken by so many of our students. In the spirit of the Gospel, the Prep community believes that service to one’s neighbor is also service to Christ.
“He said to them, Come by yourselves to an out of the way place and rest a little.” Mark 6:31
Each year, every student at the Prep is invited to participate in a retreat experience that is designed for their spiritual development and character formation.Find out more
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11
In God’s eyes, each individual has unique gifts and talents to be shared in service to the world. In view of this reality, the Prep creates an atmosphere where students can plan, imagine, and discover the various possibilities for their life. We want our students to find more than simply a career upon graduation. We want them to find a vocation, or a purpose that they feel it is their mission to fulfill. The Church offers many paths to attain this calling.
Answering the call to serve Christ and His Church as a consecrated religious or as an ordained member of the priesthood is difficult for a 21st century student. At the Prep, we are proud to have members of the Order of St. Augustine and the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who both live and work on campus. These men provide our students with first-hand accounts of the beauty of both religious life and priestly ministry. In addition, we also have frequent guest celebrants at Mass who share with our community the many gifts that service to the Church can provide. Augustinian and Diocesan Vocation Directors are welcomed into the Theology classes, especially during Vocation Week.
If you are interested in learning more about the Augustinian Order and what it means to be an Augustinian, please visit www.augustinianvocations.org.
Web Resources for Mission and Ministry:
There are so many useful online resources for those looking to learn more about St. Augustine, Augustinian values, and the Roman Catholic faith. We have compiled a brief list of websites we believe will be rewarding to any Augustinian or Catholic.
Please spend time reading through the websites and their very important content so that you can not only learn more about the history of St. Augustine and the Catholic Church, but also about the values, traditions, and beliefs we strive to instill in our students.
Order of St. Augustine: http://augustinians.net/
The St. Thomas of Villanova Province: http://www.augustinian.org/home
US Catholic Bishop’s Conference: http://www.usccb.org/
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: http://www.newadvent.org/
Catholic Saints and Feast Days: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/bydate.aspx
For those interested in learning more about returning to the Catholic Church, or for those interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, please visit: http://www.catholicscomehome.org/