2018/2019 Student Minister Application Process


Personal Discernment


This is a tool for you, the applicant, to use during your discernment and reflection for the student minister application process.


The Pastoral Staff is grateful that you are thinking of applying for this position of service but it is also important to ask, what is God asking of you? The first step in trying to discover that answer is to: ‘STOP’ and commit to a process of discerning God’s desire for you at this time.


Before you fill out the application ‘READ’ the positions carefully. Read each one and see which one brings you joy, excitement and/or passion.


Ask yourself:

  • Did I realize that this position requires me to give of my time through events, training, meetings and prayer?
  • Am I open to learning how to grow as a person of deep personal prayer and as an intimate friend of Jesus Christ? Am I open to learning how to lead public prayer?  Do I understand that prayer is an essential part of this process?
  • Is there an area of my leadership abilities I am hoping to grow in? Is there a position that could help me grow in this?


Ask God to help you answer truthfully the questions above.  Ask Him to see if your desire to be a Student Minister is life-giving and coming from your heart’s desire to serve Him through serving others?


Then, “Be still and know that He is God.” You will not be able to do ministry for very long if everything you do depends upon you.  Where and how has God indicated that I might make a good student minister?  Have others told me so?  Is my fear of doing a good job far out-weighed by my joy of being God’s servant?  Do I have a sense of peace when I imagine myself making ministry a priority in my life?


After you have gone through this reflection process – now might be the time to begin the written application process.  

Student Minister Selection Schedule

Discernment: Wednesday, January 31 - Applicants should discern if God is calling them to service and sacrifice for the sake of Jesus Christ and his Gospel on our campus.

Interviews: Sunday, March 4 - Thursday March 8th - Sign up for a 15min slot on our Google form. The link will be sent through mobilized once you have submitted your application.

Position Offers: Friday, March 9th

Student Responses Due: Wednesday, March 21st

If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to reach out to Kevin O’Reilly at, or another Pastoral Staff member, or a Student Minister. We are all here to help you through the process. Please know of our prayers, and we look forward to receiving your application!

Campus Ministry Student Minister Descriptions

Student Minister for Carolina Catholic Night (CCN)

The student minister for Carolina Catholic Night (CCN) works with other students to plan and cook dinner on Wednesdays, to foster a hospitable environment during dinner, and ensure a smooth cleanup after.  He/she will also plan the weekly menus and create shopping lists within the budget.  If you love to cook, eat, and “jam out” to music with friends, this is the position for you.  Note: Must be available every Wednesday from 2pm to 8pm.

Student Minister for Service and Justice

The student ministers for service & social justice will help organize Newman’s alternative fall and spring break service trips and all local service opportunities. They also recruit participants for alternative break trips and local service sites as well as participate in local service throughout the year. These students also educate the parishioners of Newman on Catholic Social Teaching and social justice issues through reflections in the weekend bulletin.

Student Minister for Music

God loves music. We, at Newman, love music too, and we use it to enhance the liturgy, and other events at Newman!  The student minister for music helps lead masses, rehearsals, file music, and make folders for the choir.  He/she will help think of new ways, to grow the choir and community in other musically centered events or programs.  This student minister works very closely with the director of Music.

Student Minister for Retreat

The student minister for retreats will put together a team to coordinate various retreats throughout the year. The retreats include:  the first-year retreat, undergraduate spring retreat, and senior retreat. He/she also helps to create retreat opportunities on a smaller scale at Newman including a possible Advent and/or Lenten retreat.

Student Minister for Campus Outreach

The student minister for outreach will foster a movement to bring students to Newman events and Mass.  He/she will reach out to students within and outside of Newman in order to show them kindness, as well as offer a chance to learn more about Newman. He/she is in charge of events on and off campus that bring awareness to the Newman community such as Treat Tuesday, intramurals, marketing, and video and art work to help promote Newman events.  Outreach student ministers work closely with the hospitality student ministers.

Student Minister for Hospitality

The student minister for Hospitality is responsible for fostering a welcoming environment within the Newman community through planning and executing social event on and off campus. Duties include putting teams together, gathering materials, and working with the outreach student ministers.  This student minister works closely with all student ministers hosting events at Newman.  This student should be very outgoing and forward towards welcoming and meeting new people.

Student Minister for Liturgy

The student minister for liturgy works with the friars to train Mass readers, altar servers, extraordinary ministers of communion and sacristans. He/she also works with the director of retreats for all liturgical needs.  He/she will check-in and recruit ministers before Mass.  Other responsibilities include setting up and serving for Adoration, getting sacristans for daily Mass, and organizing Ash Wednesday Mass on campus.

Student Minister for Small Faith Groups

The student minister for small faith groups is in charge of the Small Faith Groups program, including recruiting leaders and providing them with formational training sessions, organizing group sign-ups, helping to create the materials, and supporting our SFGs and SFG leaders throughout the year.

Student Minister for Faith Formation

The student minister for faith formation is in charge of creating faith formation opportunities for both campus ministry and working with the Faith Formation team in developing opportunities for the entire parish. Ranging from parish wide reflection days to more passive catechetical materials, the student minister for faith formation has creative range to promote the joy and beauty of our Catholic faith here at Newman.

Catechesis and Youth Ministry Leadership Descriptions

Associate Student Minister for K-8 Catechesis

The Associate Student Minister for Catechesis works closely with the Pastoral Associate for Catechesis to aid in broad planning and implementation of programming for the children of the Newman families in grades kindergarten through middle school. The position is a two- year commitment. In year one, the Associate for Catechesis shadows the current Student Minister for Catechesis with the expectation that s/he will serve as lead Student Minister in year two.

Student Minister for Communication and Catechist Support

This student minster serves as a liaison between Catechesis Leadership and Campus Ministry Leadership. The SMCCS is responsible for communication and publicity for Newman’s Catechesis programs. The SMCCS helps to plan and implement community building activities for the K-8 catechists and families. S/he works closely with Catechesis staff and the Catechesis Ministry Leadership Team. S/he will also provide support for catechists in obtaining resources and developing activities. The SMCCS is essential to developing a warm and friendly environment and serves as a liaison connecting families, catechists and the student ministry teams.

Student Minister for Service Projects and Special Events for K-8 Catechesis

The Student Minister for Service Projects and Special Events works closely with the Catechesis Student Ministry Team, NYM Student Minister for Service, staff and K-8 catechists to help children understand the connection between faith, service, charity and justice. This Student Minister takes a lead role in organizing large community events such as Advent Make, Take or Donate, 'Soup'er Sunday Service Event and End of Year Celebration.

Student Minister for Junior Youth Ministry (JYM)

The Student Minister for JYM is responsible for leading a team of catechists in planning and facilitating catechesis sessions, retreats, and community building activities for middle school students, grades seven and eight. S/he works closely with the Catechesis Student Ministry Team and Catechesis staff.

Associate Student Minister for Newman Youth Ministry

The Associate Student Minister for NYM works closely with the Pastoral Associate for Catechesis and the current Student Minister for NYM; co-leading a team of student youth leaders to aid in broad planning and implementation of programming for Newman Youth Ministry and the Confirmation process for teens in grades 9 and 10. The position is a two-year commitment. In year one, the Student Minister Associate shadows the current Student Minister with the expectation that he/she will serve as the lead Student Minister for Youth Ministry in year two.

Student Minister for Service Projects and Events (Newman Youth Ministry)

The Student Minister for Service Projects and Events works with teens, youth ministry leadership and catechists to create and implement service opportunities and community building activities for Newman Youth Ministry teens.

Student Minister for Retreats (Newman Youth Ministry)

The Student Minister for Retreats works with the Newman Youth Ministry (NYM) leaders to plan two fun and faith-filled retreats (fall and spring) for the teens in Confirmation preparation.

Student Minister for Liturgy (Newman Youth Ministry)

The Student Minister for Liturgy (NYM) plans and facilitates monthly teen Masses and assists with the formation of teenagers and catechists through liturgical ministry training sessions.

Student Minister for True Life in Christ

The Student Minister for True Life in Christ works with the teens of the Newman parish who have received the sacrament of Confirmation. Faith is shared through fun activities, service and conversations on matters of faith. TLC is less structured and more teen directed. The TLC Student Minister is a mentor and community builder, who models discipleship through word and deed.

Prayer for Discernment

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know, that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton