Campus Ministry

ICA GRADUATES ARE WOMEN WHO SEEK VERITAS!

The Dominican Way:

With our hearts, we pray,

with our minds, we learn,

with our hands, we serve,

with our voice, we preach the Good News for the glory of God.

St. Dominic and Mother Pia, pray for us. Amen.

Everyone at ICA is called to Campus Ministry, whether or not that is through an official role on the Campus Ministry Team. As a faith community, ICA members live out the Gospel message of Jesus each and every day of their lives. We are ministers to each other on campus, in our families, at our work sites, and in our wider communities.

Being a part of the Campus Ministry Team gives students the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God, to share their faith journey with others, and to actively build the kingdom of God in all that they do. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Campus Ministers at ICA plan and celebrate ways to foster the four Dominican Pillars: Prayer, Community, Study, and Service.

Prayer

Without Prayer, we have no living relationship with God.

Campus Ministers value their relationship with God and constantly work to strengthen it. While recognizing that we are all on our own unique journeys of faith, we help our Spartan sisters see the value in a regular prayer life. As such, daily prayer is incorporated into our regular school days. We begin each day as a community with prayer over the PA, remembering any special feast days or holidays. Before lunch, the school stops and prays grace together. And at the end of the day, before we go our separate ways, we say the Dominican Prayer together:

God Creator, Bless Us;

God Redeemer, Heal Us;

God the Holy Spirit, Fill us with your light.

Learning from our sister, St. Catherine of Siena, we integrate experiences of Eucharist and prayer into all dimensions of school life, helping to develop a contemplative attitude toward all of creation. Campus Ministers work to create meaningful liturgical celebrations throughout the year for the ICA community. Some of the celebrations include:

  • Opening School Mass
  • Family Mass
  • Junior Mass
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Thanksgiving Liturgy
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Holy Week Liturgy
  • Saint Catherine of Siena Mass
  • Baccalaureate Mass

Community

In Community, we care for and nurture each other.

To foster unity in our school, the entire student body of ICA comes together every Monday and Friday morning before a class leaves for work that day. We use this time in a variety of ways. For special days in the liturgical calendar, such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Advent, Easter and Ascension, Campus Ministers create special prayer services or presentations.

Study

With Study, we grow and learn in all areas of our lives.

Dominicans love study, not for its own sake, but also for the benefits it brings to one’s soul and to one’s ability to reach others with the truth. Following this tradition, we embrace study of many kinds. We study in our academic classes, thereby equipping ourselves with knowledge for success. We study our own selves, in order to better discern our vocations to help build God’s kingdom. Finally, we study God, seeking to come to a deeper understanding of Truth.

Service

Through Service, we become the hands and feet of Christ.

Learning from our brother St. Martin de Porres, we preach the Gospel by word and example, and we respond with compassion to the needs of the Church. While Campus Ministry serves the ICA community, we also reach out in many ways to serve the wider community through programs such as the Thanksgiving Food Drive, support for Lava Mae, and Meals on Wheels. The Campus Ministry Team also coordinates the school’s Service Learning program.

Retreats

As a significant part of the program offered at ICA, class retreats nourish the Mission San Jose charism by allowing students to reflect on the presence of God in their lives, thereby growing as “women of faith and community”. Each year, students take time away from the normal day-to-day to reflect on their lives through class retreats. These retreats, planned by the Campus Ministry Team and faculty, allow students to focus on each the four pillars of Dominican life.

How to Get Involved

The Campus Ministry Team is open to all students. Freshmen and sophomores can choose how often and with what they want to be involved. They can attend training sessions to learn how to lead prayer, or develop skills in liturgical drama and dance.

To be a Campus Ministry Leader, students apply during their sophomore year and commit to two years on the team—their junior and senior years at ICA. As part of their preparation to lead, all junior Campus Ministers attend a Veritas Retreat with other students from Mission San Jose Dominican High Schools.

Each year, one or two students are invited to take on the role of Preacher. After a week’s training in Michigan, these students serve the ICA community by breaking open the Word of God at Morning Meetings and Liturgies. This is a position of added responsibility that requires dedication and commitment to leading the Campus Ministry team.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Kim Riener kriener@icacademy.org