About SJU Faith

Campus Ministry Mission Statement

Saint John’s University Campus Ministry, rooted in Catholic tradition and Benedictine values, cultivates the faith life of the campus community “that in all things God may be glorified.” (RB 57:9) While welcoming all students, we primarily focus on the spiritual and religious development of undergraduate men and the ministerial formation of graduate and undergraduate students.  We foster discipleship through worship, pastoral care, faith formation, service, and reflection in order to form students to understand, embrace and live out their faith “that they are better prepared to witness to the kingdom of truth in the world.” (Empowered by the Spirit, USCCB)

Ministry Teams

Faith Sharing Communities Team

Phoebe Carstens

Courtney Huiras

Edgar Morente Garcia

Logan Edwards

Liturgy and Music Team

Morgan Kempenich

Fr. Nick Kleespie, OSB

Eamon Cavanaugh

Jonathan Hill

Frank Doyle

Retreats Team

Ernesto Lazaro

Kyley Nelson

Jenna Berg

Margaret Nuzzolese Conway

Keilan McSweeney

Service and Immersions Team

Julio Matamoros Dubon

Roselyn Meza

Fredi Ponce Parra

Frank Doyle

Wes Kirchner 

Our Staff

Margaret Nuzzolese Conway



Fr. Nick Kleespie, OSB



Carter Howell

Assistant Director


Andrew Remick

Liturgy and Music

Benedictine Values

Benedictine Values

Our values are vital to our identity. These values undergird our work and are ways in which we strive to demonstrate to live as an example of God’s love, and fit our Benedictine ethos. All of these values are paired with a quote from St. Benedict’s Rule for Monasteries.

Awareness of God

To look for God not in the abstract but in the ordinary events of every day.

“We believe that the divine presence is everywhere.” R. B. 19 

Community Living 

To become who we are by our relationships with others.

“Let all things be common to all.” R. B. 33 

Dignity of Work

To appreciate the dignity of work in God’s creation.

“… they live by the labor of their hands.” R. B. 48


To offer warmth, acceptance, and joy in welcoming others.

“Let all … be received as Christ.” R. B. 53 


To work toward a just order in our immediate environment and in the larger society.

“… that in all things God may be glorified” R. B. 57 


To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings.

“Listen … with the ear of your heart.” R. B. Prologue 


To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer, and leisure.

“All things are to be done with moderation.” R. B. 48 


To strive for peace on all levels: with self, others, and God.

R. B. Prologue 

Respect for Persons

To respect each person regardless of class, background, or professional skill.

“No one is to pursue what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else.” R. B. 72 


To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission.

“To stand firm in one’s promises.” R. B. 58 


To appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place.

“Regard all utensils as if they were the sacred vessels of the altar.” R. B. 31

Ministerial Resident Program

Ministerial Resident Program

At SJUfaith we promote a dynamic learning community where undergraduates, graduate students, and professional staff are mutually enriched by young adult ministry.

Our Ministerial Resident program offers a generous 2-3 year graduate assistantship to full-time graduate students of the Saint John’s School of Theology (SOT) to grow in ministerial experience in a formative and communal way, unique to the Catholic, Benedictine tradition of Saint John’s.

“Most importantly I learned how essential it is to build strong and trusting relationships with my current coworkers.”  – Maria Siebels, SOT ’19 

“Participating in this Ministerial Residency provided me with an opportunity to put my academics into practice alongside undergraduate students, peers,  and experienced ministers.  It has been a valuable space of growth, exposing me to new ideas and possibilities as I develop my gifts for ministry.”   – Katharine Montemurri, SOT ’22

“Life-changing friendships are made with your fellow Ministerial Residents, and you have opportunities to meet with students who have real questions and aspirations.”  – Alex Blechle, SOT ’19 

“Having the opportunity to serve in the role of Ministerial Resident for Retreats has been the highlight of my formation at the School of Theology.”  – Meghan Stretar, SOT ‘ 21

Ministerial Resident for Liturgy and Sacramental Prep

Ministerial Resident for Liturgy and Sacramental Prep

Join us in creating and cultivating inspiring liturgical experiences for undergraduate students.  Walk with them in their journey of Benedictine Spirituality while engaging in a joyful and energetic workplace!  Responsibilities include directing the student choir and creating formative opportunities for liturgical ministers.

Ministerial Resident for Service and Immersions

Ministerial Resident for Service and Immersions

Be the leader of this dynamic team dedicated to developing and integrating faith, theology, justice and service into life-changing experiences for undergraduates at Saint John’s University!  Responsibilities include oversight of our Prison Ministry Corps, monthly service missions, and Prayer & Works series.

Ministerial Resident for Retreats

Ministerial Resident for Retreats

Jump in and learn essential skills in fostering leadership and faith development, creating community, and nurturing meaningful relationships rooted in the Benedictine Practices!  All while fostering life-long relationships in Saint John’s Campus Ministry!  Responsibilities include leading our First Year Retreat Experience (FYRE) and developing a leadership program for upperclassmen.

Ministerial Resident for Faith-Sharing Communities

Ministerial Resident for Faith-Sharing Communities

Serve both SJU Campus Ministry and the Collegeville Institute staffs to strengthen and develop faith-sharing communities.  This position is particular for undergraduate men to grow in awareness of their individual and communal callings.  Who am I?  What does the community need of me?  Who does God call me to be?  Responsibilities include supporting Johnnie Brothers, co-creating a Benedictine-inspired Bible study, and innovating language of vocation and calling into CSB/SJU culture. 

Timeline for Ministerial Residents Hiring Process

Timeline for Ministerial Residents Hiring Process

Below is a timeline for Ministerial Residents hiring process

  • Early March – Application opens for Ministerial Residents.
  • Qualified applicants are those who have been accepted to an SOT Master’s program.
  • Interviews occur on a rolling basis to qualified applicants.
  • Offers are made to qualified candidates who have been admitted and have enrolled in the SOT.

Click the links below for job descriptions. APPLY NOW!

For more questions, email Margaret Nuzzolese Conway, Director of Campus Ministry at Saint John’s University.
Ministerial Residents

Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and SJU Campus Ministry have created a ministerial resident program giving graduate students the opportunity to have real campus ministry experience while financing their education. Current and prospective graduate students can apply. Visit the Ministerial Residents page for more information on our program.

Phoebe Carstens 
Ministerial Resident of Faith Sharing Communities

Campus Partners

Contact Us

Mary Hall 100
Saint John’s University
Collegeville, MN 56321-2000

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Sacred Spaces

At SJU it is our Catholic and Benedictine belief to recognize and appreciate that the divine presence is everywhere. {RB 19.1}
Nestled among 2900 acres of sacred space, several spaces formally mark places of prayer and worship.