Spirituality and Social Justice

CSSJ wall of oppression
The Center for Spirituality and Social Justice

Students, faculty, and staff of all spiritual, secular, and religious identities are welcome to share in creating a community of faith that engages in social justice.

Prayer and Contemplation

Prayer Intentions
Please submit your prayer intention online and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates will pray for you.

Center for Spirituality and Social Justice
The Center is located directly behind (to the east of) Our Lady of Victory Chapel.

Interfaith Prayer Room
The Interfaith Prayer Room is located on the 2nd floor of the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice.

Ways to Be Involved

Every year, there are many ways for students to be involved in the spiritual and religious life of St. Kate’s.

Liturgical or Sunday Mass Ministry

We welcome volunteer lectors, greeters, and Eucharistic ministers for the Catholic services we offer each Sunday and throughout the week. Training is always available for those who are interested.

Music Ministry

Share your musical gifts by becoming a cantor or instrumentalist. Musicians meet on Sunday mornings for rehearsal prior to the 10:30 am Mass.

Chapel Choir

New to the 2022-2023 academic year, students, faculty, staff, and community members can join the Chapel Choir. This choir will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:45 to rehearse and will sing once a month for Sunday Masses. The first rehearsal is on February 1st. Members do not have to be Catholic to participate - all are welcome to take part. Please email Katie Jonza, liturgist, at kejonza940@stkate.edu for more information and to sign up for the group.

University Choir

Students will have the opportunity to sing in this year's University Choir under the direction of Roger Stratton. The choir will meet twice a week from 4:30-6 and will work on a variety of choral music - from jazz to choral classics to global musical traditions and everything in between. The choir will have performances throughout the school year for the campus and greater community. Please email spiritandjustice@stkate.edu for more information and to set up your audition.

Student with paint on hand shows peace signs in front of a wall of oppression

Programs and Events

The Center for Spirituality and Social Justice (CSSJ) employs full time staff and student peer ministers who work hard to provide enlightening and uplifting programming for students. We partner with other Catholic universities to offer larger retreat experiences, and offer individual spiritual direction.

Students interested in being part of a faith sharing group can join our Sharing of the Heart groups, based on the practices of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Other CSSJ events include our welcome bonfire, the wall of oppression, Food for the Soul, and service opportunities.

Celeste's Dream Community Garden

The Celeste's Dream Community Garden brings students and CSJ Sisters together to grow and learn. Opportunities abound, including planting, gardening, and informational programming. Check out the schedule to see how and when you can participate!

Celeste's Dream Community Garden schedule

Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society

The Center for Spirituality and Social Justice and St. Catherine University are members of Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society.

Nominate a student for Kappa Gamma Pi

Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

If you would like to explore receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and/or First Eucharist, St. Catherine University RCIA is here to welcome you into the Catholic faith community. This program is also for students who are already baptized in another Christian denomination and would like to become Catholic. Sacraments typically occur at the Easter Vigil each year.

During this academic year, 2022-23, the RCIA program will begin October 5th. If you wish to learn more about Sacramental Preparation, please contact Sharon Howell at smhowell502@stkate.edu for further information.

Sail Away with the University Choir

March 10th, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Music Building
Let the University Choir take you on a musical voyage this March with their concert, Sail Away. Enjoy a variety of music including a new piece by Blue Edwards, Class of '23. Admission is free to all who plan to attend.

Laudato Si Daily Reflection

February 22-April 6
Join the Campus Minister this Lenten season with daily reflections. Daily reflections will be based around Laudato Si by Pope Francis. Reflections will be accessible through this website.

Evening Taize

Tuesday Nights, Feb 28-March 28
6:30-7 p.m.
Recital Hall, Music Building
Add to your Lenten prayer life with weekly Taize service. Through song, scripture and silence, we deepen our prayer, connecting ourselves and our community to our creator. Open to all, come once or every week!

Travel with CSSJ

The CSSJ also has a long tradition of providing alternative spring breaks and other travel experiences for students. In 2019, students went on a pilgrimage to Le Puy, France, the city where the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were founded. In the past, we have taken students to Denver, Kansas City, Selma, Georgia, El Salvador, Rome, and Peru.

These trips offer students a unique opportunity to witness social injustices through a lens of faith. Join us to learn about other cultures, the root causes of various social justice issues, and about how trip experiences and themes have an impact on our lives at St. Kate's.

Students, faculty, and staff on a pilgrimmage to Le Puy, France

St. Kate's/CSJ Food Access Hub

Good nutrition is necessary for productive learning, and we strive to help students maintain a healthy diet. To support students who may be facing food insecurity, the CSSJ has partners with faculty and staff from across the University to run a food shelf for the St. Kate’s community.

Any student is welcome to create a bag of groceries that services their needs. We offer fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, and an assortment of other foods that will provide a balanced diet.

St. Kate's/CSJ Food Access Hub

Librarian Amy Mars helps in the St. Kate's food shelf.