Does the institution have one or more priest chaplains on campus for the Sacraments and spiritual direction? (Yes/No)
On average, how many hours per week is a priest chaplain on campus and available to students?
Priests are perpetually on campus because the campus is built on the grounds of the monastery. These priests hear confessions daily and are very accessible via email. We also have two monk priests teaching in the classroom, monks involved in forming scholarship programs and a visiting priest who teaches Theology.
Please describe the priests who minister to students and celebrate the Sacraments on campus.
Currently there are 5 priests, all Benedictine monks, who celebrate the Sacraments on campus.
Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your chaplain?
Please see explanation; Campus Ministry is sponsored and supported by the Abbot and monks of the Benedictine Abbey on campus.
Does the institution have one or more campus ministers on campus (lay or religious, but not priests) who are available to students for spiritual direction? (Yes/No)
Yes. However, students are mostly directed to the monastic community if they are seeking spiritual direction.
Please describe the campus ministers who are not priests.
We have two campus ministers and four FOCUS missionaries, two of whom are trained and commissioned as Varsity Catholic missionaries to serve the student athlete population specifically. Campus ministers and FOCUS missionaries work directly with students through Bible studies, events, programming, and formation. Campus ministry works in collaboration with the monastic community for RCIA. In addition, our campus ministers are responsible for oversight and execution of the Fr. Felix Hintemeyer Catholic Leadership Program. (www.bac.edu/hintemeyer)
Does your institution offer Mass to students at least on Sundays and other days of obligation?
On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year?
About 71% of our students identify as Catholic, and of the group about 90% attend our Sunday Mass.
Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?
On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?
About 49%of our students identify as Catholic, and of the group about 90% attend our Sunday Mass.
Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students at least weekly?
Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?
Are the altar servers at your institution’s Masses male only or both male and female?
Female altar servers are permitted, but most servers are male.
Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):
Monday 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form, traditional music
Tuesday 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form, traditional music
Wednesday 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form, traditional music
Thursday 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form, traditional music
Friday 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form, traditional music
Saturday 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form, traditional music
Sunday 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form, traditional music w/organ;
7:00 p.m., Ordinary Form, reverent praise and worship music and traditional hymns
Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?
List the schedule for Confession by day and time:
Monday 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Friday 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Sunday 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Impromptu confessions are always a possibility with our various monks who are priests as they walk across campus!
Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly?
List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:
We have an Adoration Chapel that is open 24 hours a day, with Exposition from 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily.
Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:
All students are invited to join the monks in praying Lauds, Mid-Day Prayer, and Vespers; Men’s and Women’s Households has weekly meetings and a weekly Rosary in our Lourdes grotto; Wednesday evenings, after Reposition, there is Praise and Worship in the Adoration Chapel; FOCUS runs 20+ Bible Study groups on a weekly basis; United by Praise, an evening of Adoration, praise, and reflection, and Confession, takes place once or twice each semester; students organize an annual Total Consecration to Mary as well as a May crowning; and students also organize off-campus men’s and women’s retreats at least once a year.
Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually?
Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:
We have an (extracurricular) men’s discernment group which meets once a month and a similar women’s discernment group is forming as well. One of the monks holds frequent meetings of “Quo Vadis” which examines and reflects on discerning a vocation to the Priesthood and religious life.
If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?
About 15 students participate when the above-mentioned groups meet.
Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.
In the past 9 years, between five and ten graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life. There are certainly many more graduates who have done so during our 135-year history!
Does your institution limit religious services and activities on campus (not including private prayer and devotions) to faithfully Catholic activities? (Yes/No)
On campus religious services are limited to Catholic ones. Non-Catholic religious activities (Bible studies, club meetings, etc.) are allowed on campus so long as they are student-led.
Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification or description (optional):
A priest and a brother from the monastery assist Campus Ministry with a daily presence during the week.