Social Justice & Leadership

Trick-or-Treat for the Hungry

Rather than collect candy, we collect canned goods for the less fortunate. This service project is a tremendous help for our local food pantry.

Candlelight Vigil for Covenant House

A candlelight vigil is designed by members of the SJC community to support Covenant House, the largest privately funded childcare agency in the U.S., and provides shelter and service to homeless and runaway youth.

Summer Service Opportunities

Respect for Life

Respect for Life assists the local Birthright Chapter and examines respect for life issues like abortion, cloning, capital punishment, euthanasia, etc.

Student also visit the local care center to spend time with the residents and offer assistance when asked.

Food Pantries

Students volunteer in collection and distribution of food at local food pantries.

Leadership Opportunities

During the fall semester a group of students, peer ministers, meet to begin preparations for youth retreats. These retreats (primarily for Confirmation) are held, on campus, for middle and high school students from the dioceses of Lafayette and Gary during the winter semester.

Forming leaders for the Christian community is an important aspect of Campus Ministry. Students are encouraged to take leadership roles in all areas of Campus Ministry. We also offer the opportunity to attend the "Catholics on Call" leadership program during the summer months.

Catholics on Call 

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  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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