Dr. Jane Steinhauser
Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Campus Ministry is a specialized ministry of service to higher education. Defined by the pastoral letter Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future, the U.S. Catholic bishops recognized this ministry as “the public presence and service through which properly prepared baptized persons are empowered by the Spirit to use their talents and gifts on behalf of the Church in order to be a sign and instrument of the kingdom in the academic worlds.” This specialized ministry is carried out by dozens of lay ecclesial campus ministers, priests and support persons in the Archdiocese.
Aspects of campus ministry are outlined in the pastoral letter which defines the mission of our ministry to higher education. Campus Ministers serve the entire academic world—faculty, staff, administrators and students, bringing the wisdom of our Catholic tradition into dialogue with the academic world. Forming the faith community, appropriating the faith, forming the Christian conscience, educating for justice, facilitating personal development and developing leaders for the future all are part of the ministry at ten sites in the archdiocese. The five Catholic institutions of higher education in the diocese, University of Dayton, Xavier University, Chatfield College, the College of Mount St. Joseph and the Athenaeum of Ohio all provide ministry as part of their mission and identity as Catholic Institutions. Campus Ministry is provided to five of the state schools through the generosity of the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Both Miami University and the University of Cincinnati are parish based campus ministry sites. Wright State is a traditional Newman Center and Sinclair Community College is served by an interfaith team which includes a Catholic Campus Minister from the archdiocese. Services to the Wittenburg community are also provided and local parishes provide ministry to other smaller private colleges and universities.
Within the Diocese there are 34 accredited (North Central Association—U.S. Department of Education) public and private two year and four year colleges and universities and branch campuses based in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati serving over 175,000 students. The diocese funds ministries at schools covering 100,000 students and the Catholic colleges cover another 20,000 students.
Campus Ministers are certified by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops and provide a wide variety of ministerial services (educational, liturgical, pastoral, ecumenical, and spiritual) within the higher education community. Much of this ministry occurs through the generosity of the Catholic Ministries Appeal of the Archdiocese.