Here at Maryknoll School, Campus Ministry is viewed as one of the important ways the Church exercises her mission in education. Our goals include, but are not limited to the following:
† Age appropriate theological study and reflection on the religious nature of human beings so that intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth can proceed together; sustaining a Christian community on campus, with the pastoral care and liturgical worship it requires.
† Integrating the Church’s apostolic ministry with other ministries of the local community and the diocese; and helping the Christian community on campus to serve its members and others.
† Campus Ministry gathers the students on campus for prayer, worship, and learning in order that they might bring the light of the Gospel to illumine the concerns and hopes of the academic community. All members of the Maryknoll student body are called, according to their own gifts, to share in this ministry, guided by professional campus ministers.
The work of campus ministry requires continual evaluation of traditional methods of ministry and also new approaches that are licitly and responsibly employed. These latter can be highly appropriate in the campus setting, where there exists an audience receptive to the kind of sound innovation that may in the future prove beneficial to the larger community. Such creativity produces great diversity in organization, style, and approach, as campus ministers strive to form a searching, believing, loving, worshiping Catholic Christian presence on campus.
With this diversity in mind, the Maryknoll Campus Ministry can be defined as the public presence and service through which properly prepared persons are empowered by the Spirit to use their talents and gifts on behalf of Christianity in order to be a sign and instrument of the kingdom of God in the academic world. The eye of faith discerns campus ministry where commitment to Christ and care for the academic world meet in purposeful activity to serve and realize the kingdom of God.
This year is a very special year for the Maryknoll Sisters, as well as Maryknoll School. The Maryknoll Sisters will be celebrating their 100th anniversary, and Maryknoll is celebrating our 85th! We would like to celebrate their centennial with monthly themes aimed at connecting our community with the Sisters and learning more about their history. January's theme is: "Tracing the Journey of the Maryknoll Sisters." Themes for the rest of the year can be found at the bottom of this campus ministry news page. The photo above was taken on September 4, 1927, when the Maryknoll Sisters arrived in Honolulu. It is amazing to reflect on Maryknoll School's rich history and admire the first-class, 21st Century institution we have become.