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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry

Rooted in the Catholic tradition and guided by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Office of Campus Ministry serves the religious and spiritual needs of the Le Moyne College community. Campus Ministry dedicates itself to the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis (care of the whole person) and cultivates the formation of women and men for and with others.

Campus Ministry provides opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to grow spiritually, to engage in social justice and direct service, to make spiritual retreats, and to actively practice their faith. In addition, Campus Ministry welcomes and serves persons of various religious affiliations and faith traditions.

As a Catholic, Jesuit college, Le Moyne Campus Ministry addresses the religious and spiritual needs of the whole community. An attitude of respect is encouraged among all religious traditions represented by the Le Moyne population. All are welcome to come to Campus Ministry where they can relax and find a trusted place where both religious and spiritual concerns can be addressed. Students are invited to become involved in our liturgies, opportunities for prayer, retreats, service trip experiences, local service activities, and social justice programs.

The Campus Ministry office is located in the Panasci Family Chapel.  In addition to the Campus Ministry office, the Panasci Family Chapel includes two chapels (the large Madonna della Strada Chapel and the smaller Shanahan Chapel), an interfaith meditation room, and the Drescher Community Room.

Proud of our faith, Campus Ministry provides opportunities for a vibrant Catholic religious life on campus. Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated on campus on Sundays and weekdays, and there are opportunities for the celebration of all the sacraments.  Students and staff are invited to serve as liturgical ministers and to sing in our Chapel Choir.   In addition to Catholic Masses and services, a Protestant Worship Service takes place each Sunday during the school year.

Enriched by the Jesuit tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Campus Ministry offers many opportunities of spiritual retreats, especially on weekends.  Retreats offered to students include the Kairos retreat, special retreats for men and for women, and a first year student retreat.

Challenged by Catholic Social Teaching, Campus Ministry offers opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved in service to the local Syracuse area community.  The Alternative Break Program provides national and international service and learning opportunities for the students, faculty, administrators, and staff of the College.  Recent trips have gone to New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York City, West Virginia, Jamaica, and Ecuador.  The goal of the program is for participants to deepen their relationship with God through sharing in the lives of those living in poverty through short-term service projects and living experiences.

Recalling the desire to grow as "men and women for and with others," students can deepen their relationship with God through consciousness-raising activities that challenge them to integrate their personal values with the call to justice.  Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity and the Ignatian Teach-In are just a few of the social justice programs sponsored by Campus Ministry that embody the hallmarks of a Le Moyne College education.

Liturgy and Worship

Catholic Mass Schedule
11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Madonna della Strada Chapel
Monday - Friday at noon in the Shanahan Chapel
Tuesday - Friday at 5:15 p.m. in the Jesuit Residence

Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs
The Prayer & Reflection Room provides quiet prayer space for Muslim members of the Le Moyne community. The Qu'ran, basins for washing, a compass, and prayer rugs are provided.

220 (From Galatians 2:20): 220 is a student lead group which meets every Monday at 7 p.m. for Bible Study and Fellowship in the Drescher Community Room in the chapel.

Students, faculty and staff play an active role in all liturgical celebrations held on campus. Campus Ministry encourages everyone to share their gifts with the worshiping community by serving as a Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister, Lector or Greeter. Students can also assist with seasonal liturgy planning and training is available for all ministries.  

Do you sing? Do you play an instrument? Then join JOYFUL NOISE, Le Moyne College's Music Ministry Team. The group rehearses on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. and helps facilitate the sung prayer of the community that gathers for the 7 p.m. Mass. JOYFUL NOISE also provides music for the Mass of the Holy Spirit, Lessons & Carols, and other special events throughout the year. 

For more information, or to get involved, contact Tom Andino at 445-4547 or e-mail

Why “retreat?”
Retreats are an opportunity to unplug from the busyness of daily life so that we might have the space to better understand the purpose of our lives. Within this safe space, we open ourselves to reflect on and rekindle relationships with God, ourselves and others.

Handprints Retreat
Handprints is a one night retreat for first year students. It provides a safe, fun space for students to connect with their classmates and build a community that extends beyond the weekend. During the retreat, participants have the opportunity to listen and learn from insightful talks by upper-class student leaders, enjoy fun activities and free time with their classmates, explore their spirituality, of course, eat delicious food. The four main themes of the weekend include self-identity, relationships, social pressures, and faith and prayer.

Kairos Retreat
Kairos, a Greek word meaning “God’s Time,” is popular at many Jesuit high schools, colleges, and universities. Kairos is a weekend retreat experience that offers students the opportunity to detach themselves from the various challenges and demands of college life and to intentionally and meaningfully spend time reflecting on their relationships with God, themselves, and others. Kairos is led by a team of upper-class students, all of whom attended a prior Kairos Retreat.

While Kairos is grounded in the Catholic tradition and rooted in Ignatian Spirituality, it is open to students of all faith and religious traditions.  Large group activities, small group and individual reflection, celebration of Mass, prayer, and student leader talks are major components of Kairos. 

Science and Religion Retreat

St. Ignatius invites us to "find God in all things." On the Science and Religion Retreat, we will take this invitation together by sharing in discussions, fun activities, presentations and by taking a close look at the world around us. It is our hope that we will come away from this retreat with a new sense that "the world is charged with the grandeur of God" (Gerard Manley Hopkins).

Reflections Retreat

This retreat experiences is focused on uniting the LGBTQ communities and allies through reflection, prayer and building relationships. Students and guest speakers share real life experiences to help us reflect on our own lives and relationships. Participants are also invited to share their thoughts in a small group setting as well as participate in fun, community building activities.

Ignatian Silent Retreat

Based on the spiritual exercised of St. Ignatious, students are guided by spiritual directors during this three-day silent retreat.

Women’s Retreat

Women of various backgrounds and faith traditions come together to rest and relax, enjoy table fellowship over delicious food, and explore their spirituality from a feminine perspective.

Men’s Retreat

Men of LeMoyne are invited to gather for a weekend retreat of games, reflection and discovery of what it means to be a man of integrity in today’s world.

Senior Retreat

During “Senior Week” in May, senior students have the opportunity to spend a day at the Jesuit Villa. They enjoy the space and time to process their time at LeMoyne College as well as their hopes and fears for the future -- all within the context of a supportive community.

Campus Ministry Leader’s Retreat
Students who have applied and were selected for various leadership roles within Campus Ministry, retreat for a weekend of bonding, training and spiritual renewal. This retreat typically takes places before the start of the fall semester.

Small Faith Communities, known as PODS, are small groups of fellow Dolphins who gather regularly in order to foster trusting relationships, seek and find God in all things, and discern their calling in life. Modeled after Christian Life Communities (CLC’s), each POD is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and the members seek to build community with each other through prayer, reflection, service and recreational activities.

If you are interested in…

Meeting new people
Sharing your faith with others
Forming lasting friendships
Putting your faith into action
Having fun!
Asking the BIG Spiritual questions

Then join a POD!

Thursday Adoration Group at 9 p.m.
This group gathers for quiet prayer or meditation from 9 to 10 pm. You are welcome to join them for the full hour or for a few minutes. Listen to God in the silence.

In the tradition of Jesuit education’s goal of enabling students to learn and grow into becoming more deeply men and women for others, Campus Ministry offers a variety of local service opportunities where students can use their time, talents and personal gifts in service to people in need, including children, families, and homeless men and women. These opportunities include bi-annual campus wide service days, as well as opportunity to participate individually in service or join student clubs and organizations in outreach on  a weekly and monthly basis.

For information about getting involved in volunteer service around Syracuse, contact Bill Dolan S.J. in Campus Ministry at ext. 4112 or

You can also learn more about service at Le Moyne here

Here's an example of local service opportunities during the school year:

Rescue Mission/Syracuse:  Feeding the Hungry or Homeless every Saturday
Volunteer to serve dinner at the Rescue Mission on one of the Saturdays of Spring Semester.
Leave campus at 3 p.m., return to campus at 6 p.m. (We are committed to serving dinner, 10 Saturdays of the Spring 2015 Semester at the Rescue Mission Dining Facility on Gifford Street in Syracuse, (through the line) working in kitchen and serving the cafeteria style meal to poor and needy men, women, children who eat their regularly.)

Helping the Homeless with To the Streets with Emmaus Ministry
Teams of Le Moyne students collaborate with Emmaus Ministry, a community-based group who do "hands on " outreach to homeless people, helping to meet their basic needs. Each month a Le Moyne team participates in To the Streets ventures which include preparing and serving hot meals to men at Catholic Charities Emergency Men's Shelter in Syracuse and accompanying the Ministry’s Hope Mobile Van in reaching out to homeless people in places where they congregate, whether on street corners or under bridges, offering food, warm clothing personal care items, a kind word, smile and  recognition of their own human dignity  as a child of God and brother or sister human being.  Weekday and Weekend (Saturday afternoon) opportunities. 

Say Yes to Education/Syracuse - working with elementary or middle schoolers
Say Yes to Education/Syracuse is interested in having Le Moyne student volunteers come once a week, and companion students during recess, and snack time. There are also opportunities for tutoring and classroom assistance in elementary and middle public schools on weekdays in the mid-morning or afternoon. Our local site of preference opposite the Le Moyne Plaza is H.W. Smith Middle School, a public school which draws its students from a rich diversity of background.

People in Action
The People in Action organization has opportunities for developing big brother/big sister relationships with pre-school, elementary school and middle school children who residents of Springfield Garden Apartments. It is located nearby in the Judge David Klim Center within the Springfield Gardens Apartment Complex, a two to three minute walk from the rear entrance to the College.  The minimal need is for one hour, one afternoon per week.  More time is welcome and possible. Activities include working with pre-school day care, tutoring, and after school recreational and cultural programs.  The need is on weekdays in the morning or afternoon.

Friendly Visitor: Nursing Home Bound Senior Citizens at Menorah Park
Menorah Park
is located on East Genesee Street near Le Moyne College. The volunteer services program is interested in having Le Moyne students meet nursing home and assisted living elderly residents, and develop friendships through one-on-one visits. (This would be similar to a "Foster Grandparent/Grandchild " opportunity.)  Their specific request is to come on Saturday mornings, "wheel" and accompany them to Jewish Sabbath Services and visit with them afterward. 

Rescue Mission
In addition to the meal program listed above, other opportunities and needs at the Rescue Mission include assisting at clothing distribution center at Gifford Street Campus and Thrifty Shopper Stores. 

Below are some more opportunities with groups around campus:
2:20 Student Ministries (Bible Study Club) --
Club members are investigating working with the religious services program at Rescue Mission assisting the chaplain and men in Bible study.  (2:20 Student Ministries  meets on Monday nights, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at Drescher Community Room in the Panasci Family Chapel.) For information on 2:20 Bible Study Club and their service work, contact Devon Bartholomew at 

Fall and Spring Semester Dolphins Dine-in to Serve Campus-wide Service Days
Two times during the academic year, Le Moyne student, faculty and administrator volunteers go out to do "hands on" tasks to help with the most pressing and immediate needs of community centers and organizations. These volunteers are devoted to working with the organization to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women, children, families, hungry people, and those living with homelessness or disabilities.

A large team of environmental engineers for a day is needed to do grounds work at two city parks most in need of extra care, as determined by the Syracuse Parks Conservancy. There will also be a behind-the-scenes team of children and families who stay on campus to make sandwiches and bake cookies for emergency shelters, as well as putting together personal care bags for people served at local shelters.

Sign ups and more information are available at Campus Ministry and through coordinators Laura Davis, '16,, and Bill Dolan, S.J.,

The Alternative Break program provides domestic and international service and learning opportunities for the students, faculty and staff of Le Moyne College. The goal of the program is for participants to deepen their relationship with God through:
  • sharing in the lives of those living in poverty through short-term service projects and living experiences;
  • reflecting critically on issues of faith and justice;
  • being exposed to the wonderful diversity of God's creations through an encounter with those living in a culture different from their own;
  • offering their skills, resources, and gifts for the purpose of creating a more just world;
  • Campus Ministry's mission to integrate faith and justice, a vision of spiritual life articulated in the gospel message and the church's call for a “preferential option for the poor";
  • opportunities to implement experience into social justice endeavors back home.
Campus Ministry organizes both domestic and international service immersion trips; below are examples of some recent trips.


  • Service Week in New York City: Spend a week in NYC doing service working at a soup kitchen, city hospital, center for women and children or with people who are homeless. Transportation - each participant will make their own way to NYC.
  • St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, Penn.: St. Francis Inn is a soup kitchen which serves a daily meal to 250-300 people. Break participants will assist with picking up the daily donations; preparing and serving the meal; sorting and distributing donations; and visiting with the guests.
  • SNOW - Syracuse Needs One Week: Spend a week right here in Syracuse living and working at the Rescue Mission. You will assist with meal preparation as well as serving, work in the Warehouse and learn all about what makes the Rescue Mission the agency that it is.
  • Nazareth Farm in Salem, W.V.: At Nazareth Farm break participants will split up onto teams with other college students and will work on housing rehab projects. During the week there is the opportunity to meet and work with the homeowners as well as meet folk from the community.

Spring Break Service Trips for 2015

  • Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in Eastern West Virginia: Students spend a week building and renovating houses for people in need.
  • Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding on Long Island, N.Y.: Students from campus ministry join students from 220, at student club, to do a week helping people recover from Hurricane Sandy.

  • Service immersion trip to Kingston, Jamaica: This trip to the St. Anne's School in Kingston, Jamaica was held from June 7 to 20, 2015; participants had the opportunity to learn from the lives and stories of the people of Jamaica.
  • Service immersion trip to Quito, Ecuador: The group traveled to the Working Boy's Center in Quito during the first two weeks of January 2015.
RCIA & Confirmation
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) offers spiritual enrichment for those who wish to share more deeply in the Catholic faith community through the sacraments of initiation which include Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Those who participate in R.C.I.A. meet throughout the school year for faith-sharing conversations, religious instruction, and prayer. The celebration of the sacraments of initiation takes place during the Easter season. If you are interested in learning more about R.C.I.A. at Le Moyne, please contact Father John Bucki at ext. 4113 or

Campus Ministry Explore

Campus Ministry Explore (CME) is a special five-day introduction to Le Moyne College, Campus Ministry, and the spirit of our Jesuit, Catholic College. CME is an “immersion experience” to help new students get connected to the spirit of Le Moyne through Campus Ministry related activities which include local service, community building, reflection, prayer and a retreat.

Explore offers a chance for up to 30 select first-year students from the class of 2019 to start college five days early and receive a special orientation to the life and spirit of Le Moyne. This is a great opportunity for the incoming class of 2019 to meet classmates and experience our campus community.

Residential; students will move in during the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Commuter students will commute each day and will be included in all activities. All meals and program transportation will be provided. A $100 fee is required of participants to cover the cost of food, transportation, and programming. The regular Le Moyne orientation will immediately follow CME, starting on Friday, Aug. 25.

Applications will be available in May of 2015.

Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs

The Prayer & Reflection Room provides quiet prayer space for Muslim members of the Le Moyne community. The Qu'ran, basins for washing, a compass, and prayer rugs are provided.

220 (From Galatians 2:20)
220 is a student lead group which meets every Monday at 7 p.m. for Bible Study and Fellowship in the Drescher Community Room in the chapel.

For info about Jesuit vocations, visit this site. If you are interested in vocation to the priesthood within the Diocese of Syracuse, click here.

For help in discerning what to do with your life, talk to anyone at Campus Ministry.

Service After Graduation

Faith is more than just going to church. Le Moyne challenges to students and alumni to put their faith into practice as they discern their future and as they seek to be “men and women for and with others.”

Post Graduation Year of Service
The Jesuit ideal is to form "men and women for and with others." One way to live this ideal is the "volunteer service year." Graduates spend a year doing service for and with those in need - especially with people who are economically poor or marginalized. Volunteers commit to compassionate service, a simple lifestyle in community, spiritual growth and commitment to social justice. Volunteers are provided room and board, health insurance, a small stipend, and usually student loan deferrals. Stop in campus ministry to talk to someone about the possibilities.

What kind of program can you serve with?
There are usually two kinds of programs graduates join up with: faith-based and secular. Faith-based programs like the Jesuit Volunteer Corps are based on the cornerstone values of social justice, spirituality, community and simple lifestyle. Volunteers live in community, eat together, pray once a week together, go on retreats and have support people within their community. Secular programs like AmeriCorps or PeaceCorps are based on the humanitarian ideals of making the world a better place. These programs are more individualistic and volunteers more often than not find their own places to live.

What kinds of areas do volunteers work in?

Volunteers are involved in a wide-range of activities, including addiction recovery, elder care, legal services, adolescent services, emergency shelters, men's programs, AIDS ministry, employment services, mental health, community organizing, food and hunger education, children's programs, prison ministry, domestic abuse, health care, refugee/immigrant aid education, housing advocacy and women's programs.

To get more info or to apply, go to one or more of the following web sites:
Catholic Volunteer Network (get info on many programs and find the right one for you!)
Jesuit Volunteer Corp
Jesuit Volunteer Corp Northwest
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago
Good Shepherd Volunteers 
Mercy Volunteer Corp
Alliance for Catholic Education (get a master's degree as you teach!)
AmeriCorps and Peace Corps
Teach for America
Cap Corps Lay Volunteer
Christian Appalachian Project
Francis Corps

Stop in Campus Ministry to talk to someone about these and other possibilities.


Social Justice

In the best of the Catholic Jesuit tradition, education around and action on behalf of social justice is woven into the life of the Le Moyne campus community. Campus Ministry supports and helps develop many programs to promote justice on and off campus.

Learn more about social justice at Le Moyne.

The Spirtual Exercises of St. Ignatius at Le Moyne

Encountering God... Encountering You!

The 19th Annotation Spiritual Exercises is offered each academic year at Le Moyne under the guidance of a team which includes both Jesuit and lay spiritual directors on campus. Participant retreatants have included  college faculty, administrators, staff, graduate and professional students and alumni.

Who will benefit from the Spiritual Exercises?

  • Those who desire to grow in their relationship with God
  • Those who have the desire to live life at a deeper level
  • Those who seek to understand more clearly God's movement in their lives
  • Those who want to discern the next step in their lives
  • Those who are in transition

For further information please contact, Father Bill Dolan S.J., campus minister at or 445-4112.

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