Student Life

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry at Notre Dame, rooted in the Roman Catholic faith, welcomes students of diverse religious traditions. Students are given opportunities for spiritual enrichment thorough the interweaving or prayer, study, and community service experiences. In activities sponsored by Campus Ministry – worship, retreats, peer counseling, community service – the element of reflection is as important as the activity itself. 

All students complete a four-year religious studies curriculum, to which Campus Ministry offers a reflective dimension. Opportunities are available to deepen one’s faith – through worship, retreats, and service. 

List of 3 items.

  • Worship

    Each morning at Notre Dame begins with a prayer, as do classes throughout the day. In addition, Campus Ministry collaborates with faculty to create prayer services that link to the curriculum. The entire community gathers for Mass on Roman Catholic holy days and on days special to our founders, the Congregation of Holy Cross. 
  • Retreats

    An ongoing retreat program provides opportunities for deeper spiritual reflection, and is an integral part of the academic year for students and faculty alike. These retreats, often held jointly with young women who are students at Sacred Heart Academy, not only foster personal spiritual growth, but help build a community attuned to matters of the heart. At the freshman and sophomore levels, retreats are experienced annually by class in addition to optional opportunities throughout the year. Juniors and seniors may choose to partake in retreats which call them to an even more personal and mature time of recollection.
  • Service

    All students are required to respond to Jesus’ call, “…whatever you did for one of these least brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Gospel of Matthew 25:40). This response comes in the form of a service outreach to those in need each year.

    As freshmen, students make a one-day visit to a Catholic elementary school or social service agency, offering their service. After the visit, a reflective retreat is held and each student then must submit a short paper detailing what he learned about Jesus’ call to service and himself.

    Sophomores spend 15 hours and Juniors 30 hours in an approved setting of their choice. Sophomores complete a written reflection concerning one person who clarified the Gospel mandate to serve those most in need. Juniors share a PowerPoint presentation with their Teacher Advisory period, highlighting their experience and its social justice implications.

    Seniors do their community service in a different way; one that focuses on civic engagement. Organized through the Social Studies Department, this program requires students to volunteer for a political campaign, giving ten hours of service to a candidate (local, state, or national) of his choice. As part of their service preparation and reflection, seniors research and reflect upon the teachings of the Catholic Church on critical political issues of the day.

Peer Counseling

Through the Peer Counseling Program, selected seniors demonstrate leadership through service. They act as mentors to members of the freshman class as well as role models and guides to students of all levels. In both classroom discovery and interactions with other students, the Program seeks to form “servant-leaders” among us, deepening the bonds among us.

List of 3 members.

  • Mr. Michael Abbott '95 

    Religious Studies Department Chair; Moderator: Senior Class, KNADA; Academic Board
    (203) 933-1673 x420
    Salve Regina University - BA
  • Deacon Dominic Corraro '80 

    Foreign Language Department Chair; Moderator: Foreign Language Honor Societies, Yearbook
    (203) 933-1673 x426
    Southern Connecticut State University - BS, MS
    Albertus Magnus College - Latin Studies
    Quinnipiac University and Hanban Institute (Beijing) - Chinese Studies
    Quinnipiac University - Sixth Year Educational Leadership
  • Mr. Jordan Smith 

    Religious Studies Teacher; Moderator: BRO, Frisbee Club, Interact Club
    (203) 933-1673 x439
    College of the Holy Cross - BA