Service & Immersions

As a Benedictine institution,  we strive for justice, the common good, and respect for persons. Saint John’s Campus Ministry provides students with a wide variety of service opportunities to live out these values.  To put it another way, we work to nourish faith that does justice, loves kindness, and walks humbly with God (Micah 6:8).  Explore the links below and get involved with loving service in action! 

Our Spring 2024 Program Application has Closed, Please Pray for Our Students Traveling this Spring Break

Prayer & Work Service Series

Johnnies – interested in doing a little service around campus? Put the Benedictine value ora et labora (prayer and work) into action this year! SJUfaith and Saint John’s Abbey are partnering to host the Prayer & Work Service Series. On select Saturday afternoons from 11:30 am – 3:30pm., you will work alongside monks doing projects that beautify and enliven campus, and the lifestyle of Saint John’s Abbey.  Projects include working outdoors in the Arboretum, gardening, cleaning the woodshop.  Mass begins at 11:30am with the monastic community. Lunch is provided!

Spring 2024 Prayer and Work Dates are happening now!

Grab your buddies and register today!

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For more information, contact SJU Campus Ministry or 320-363-2790.

Border Service & Immersion

SJUfaith partners with the Missionary Society of St. Columban in the U.S. and Mexico.  CSB and SJU students are eligible to be apart of this experience.  Bennies and Johnnies will join with the Columban missionaries to live and serve the people of God in El Paso, Texas as they stand with the poor, the migrant, and the victim of violence, living out faith in the practice of ecological and social justice.

Saturday, March 2nd – Friday, March 8th 2024!

The Service and Immersion program is looking for two STUDENT LEADERS to guide the experience.
Learn more by clicking going to our Service and Immersion Student Leader page.

Bahamas Service Immersion Trip

Spring Break: Saturday March 2nd – Sunday March 10th

Saint John’s University Campus Ministry invites Johnnie students to be part of a meaningful and exciting service opportunity like never before. Campus Ministry is hosting their annual Service Immersion trip this upcoming Spring Break of 2024. This time, to our Bahamian community in Nassau, Bahamas! Participants of this trip will have the opportunity to engage and assist a variety of local organizations, including Catholic organizations, school communities, small businesses, and park services. 

The focus of this Service Immersion trips is twofold for students. The focus of this trip is:

1.  To offer an opportunity for St. John’s students to be situated in direct contact with local and international community through service.

2. To engage principles of the Catholic Social Teaching and Benedictine Values to deepen their understanding of a spirituality of social justice. 

Click here to apply to participate!

Some of the fees of this program are funded by a generous donor who is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for undergraduate students at CSB/SJU to engage in service and justice programming. Participants will still be asked to provide additional funding upon acceptance of this Service Immersion trip. Scholarship opportunities are available for students upon request.

STUDENT LEADERS

The Service and Immersion program is looking for two STUDENT LEADERS to guide the experience. Stop by the Campus Ministry Office in Mary 100 or Email [email protected] to learn more.

Colorado Service and Immersion

The Colorado Service and Immersion is an immersion opportunity that is offered in partnership with CSB Campus Ministry.  CSB and SJU students are eligible to be apart of this experience.  The Colorado Service Immersion Trip entails:

Saturday, March 2nd – Saturday, March 9th 2024!

The Service and Immersion program is looking for two STUDENT LEADERS to guide the experience.
Learn more by clicking going to our Service and Immersion Student Leader page.

Laundry Love

“If I had clean clothes people would treat me like a human being.” – T-Bone (Eric), Laundry Love Co-Founder

Laundry Love is an organization that allows people that can’t afford to do their laundry to do their laundry. This is something that many of us take for granted, but it’s something that reinforces the dignity people have and deserve.

Laundry love will happen throughout the academic year at the St. Joe Laundromat. Student volunteers are present to folks who are there to do their laundry, the deeper aim is to provide a kind and compassionate presence for people as we offer them an opportunity to take care of a very practical,  but very needed part of their lives.

Here are instructions for what one does volunteering with Laundry Love:

  1. Thanks for your willingness to volunteer with Laundry Love!  
  2. Even though the laundry is what we are providing, a deeper aim is to provide a kind and compassionate presence for people as we offer them an opportunity to take care of a very practical,  but very needed part of their lives.  Some people will be more open to visiting than others. Some will have children with them and of course they can always use some diversion! And some will be quite chatty. Use your best judgment in terms of being on your  phone and computer while tending to the people who come. 
  3. Arrive at the laundromat about 4:50 pm to get things set up. Sometimes people may only have a short window of time to be away from home and their kids or perhaps they’re fitting it in between work schedules.
  4.  A bin will be provided by SJUfaith.   You’ll find several dollars worth of quarters to start. There are laundry dryer sheets in a box and then there are laundry SOAP sheets that look like dryer sheets! They are an eco-friendly laundry detergent that we have been using that work well.
  5. Please wear a name tag with your first name on it and “Laundry Love Host”.  SJUfaith will provide these for volunteers.  There’s a fine line between asking everyone if they want free laundry as some people might take it as an insult.  There will be people who arrive who you can just kind of tell are looking for it. And then at times I have,  made an announcement just sharing that if anybody is in need of some laundry help it’s available.
  6. Single folks get 2 loads and drying. Families get 4 loads and drying. 
  7.  Please use the notebook in the bin to keep track of how many people show up and how many loads you do.  
  8.  Bring bin back to St. John’s.  Let SJUfaith know how much money is left after your time.
  9. Volunteering wraps up at 8:00 pm.  Thanks for your time!

To volunteer or if you have any questions, please get in touch with our office

Email: [email protected] 

Tel:  320-363-2790

Prison Ministry

“… I was in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36b) 

Prison Ministry is an SJUfaith volunteer outreach program.  Prison ministry, is interested in respecting the dignity of all life, including folks who are incarcerated.  Prison Ministers visit the residents of the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud on Monday evenings during the academic year.  Join a team of committed volunteers to help with hospitality, music for mass, and a community committed to loving service to residents of the St. Cloud prison. 

COMMITMENT

To sign up click on this link.

If you have any questions, please contact SJUfaith

Email: [email protected]

Tel:  320-363-2790

Extraordinary Service Award

The Extraordinary Service Award is presented to SJU students who exhibit ” Caritas,” a Christian or Christ-like love for others.  Caritas is more than a feeling of positive regard or care for others for it always leads to the outpouring or giving of oneself through service to others which provides healing or builds them up and honors their dignity as persons who bear the image and likeness of God.  Caritas is most commonly extended to persons or communities in need, to those who are treated as of lesser value because of some condition in their life.

The Extraordinary Service Award seeks to encourage and honor Johnnies who demonstrate caritas through their service to others while enrolled at Saint John’s University.  Extraordinary Service may begin in a variety of ways such as through an academic service-learning requirement; through volunteer service related to student development programming, through a work program, or through self-initiative with an external agency or even through no agency at all; but it shows a personal commitment that goes beyond expectations in one or more of the following characteristics:   

The Extraordinary Service Award is presented to SJU students who exhibit ” Caritas,” a Christian or Christ-like love for others.  Caritas is more than a feeling of positive regard or care for others for it always leads to the outpouring or giving of oneself through service to others which provides healing or builds them up and honors their dignity as persons who bear the image and likeness of God.  Caritas is most commonly extended to persons or communities in need, to those who are treated as of lesser value because of some condition in their life.

The Extraordinary Service Award seeks to encourage and honor Johnnies who demonstrate caritas through their service to others while enrolled at Saint John’s University.  Extraordinary Service may begin in a variety of ways such as through an academic service-learning requirement; through volunteer service related to student development programming, through a work program, or through self-initiative with an external agency or even through no agency at all; but it shows a personal commitment that goes beyond expectations in one or more of the following characteristics:   

The Awards

Three awards will be given this year to three outstanding Johnnies. Each recipient will receive an award of $2,000 for their demonstrated commitment to service.  A student may only receive this award once during their time at SJU.

The Selection Process

Early in the spring semester, a call for nominations is issued to CSB/SJU students, staff, faculty, and the monastic community. In determining the recipients of this award, the Extraordinary Service Award Selection Committee considers the above characteristics. 

After being nominated, the students will be required to write one  300 – 700 word essay collectively answering the following questions:

Nominees must also submit a copy of their résumé listing their service experience in the following three categories:  Self-Initiated, Academic, and Work.

Extraordinary Service Award Nomination Form and Timeline

Nominations will be accepted Tuesday, February 6, 2024, through 8:00 AM, Monday, February 19, 2024.

The nomination form can be found HERE

The timeline for the award is as follows:

2023 Recipients

2023 Recipients: Press Release

Ben Epper
Ethan Huber
Durran Thompson

Past Recipients

2022 Recipients: Press Release

Joseph Penny
Isaac Kubalak
Emmett Adam

2021 Recipients

Logan Edwards
Tyler Koll
Kriston Clarke

2020 Recipients

Quinlen Marshall
Alexander Modeas
Andrew Smith

2019 Recipients

Will Gillach
Michael Kelly
Muqkadeen Poole
Simean Farquharson

2018 Recipients

Ryan Graham
Austin Hingtgen
Nathan Williams
Matthew Burgstahler

2017 Recipients
Owyn Ferguson
Gary Harala
Donovan Inniss
Cody Kohut

2016 Recipients
Peter Johnson
Abdirizak Jama
Ramond Mitchell
Frantz Soiro

2015 Recipients
Lukas Steffensmeier
Matthew Fink
Jake Barrientos
Austin Barkley

2014 Recipients
Kevin Curwick
Jake Collins
Jesse Wild
Brian Vander Heiden

2013 Recipients
Edwin Torres
Justin Markon
Connor Klausing
Stephen Gross

2012 Recipients
Chris Heitzig
Andy Hovel
Carlos Dabu
Will Newkirk

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