CBU | Frequently Asked Questions: SCM

Is campus ministry at Christian Brothers University exclusively for Catholics?
No! While Catholic in ethos, Campus Ministry at Christian Brothers University strives to support all students in their continual spiritual development while respecting individual faith backgrounds. With different faiths represented on staff, we seek to reach all students through effective programming, individualized attention, and community sharing.

What does it mean to be Lasallian? Who are the Brothers? What does F.S.C. mean?
As a part of the CBU community, YOU are Lasallian. To be Lasallian means that we follow the five core principles of the Founder and to appreciate a holistic education. The Brothers of the Christian Schools is a religious order of men who have committed themselves to educating youth. Active in 89 countries, the Brothers have been transforming lives since 1680. The brothers have “F.S.C.” after their name, representing fratres scholarum christianum- brothers of the Christian schools.

When is Mass? How do I get involved with Mass?
The weekday Mass is Monday-Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in Stritch Chapel; 6:45am on Friday mornings in Stritch; and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.  The Sunday evening mass is student-led and open to the public. Please contact the sacristan or one of the campus ministers if you would like to be an altar server, lector, Eucharistic minister, or musician.

Do I have to be Catholic to receive the Eucharist at Mass?
Yes, however, non-Catholics can come forward for a blessing from the priest.

I am not Catholic. How do I become involved in campus ministry?
This is a frequent question- with many possibilities. Non-Catholics are invited to all liturgical experiences and retreat opportunities offered by campus ministry. The community at CBU is very welcoming and inclusive of all individuals.
In addition, the campus offers opportunities for Bible Study and small group sharing. HeBrews, a weekly faith-filled coffeehouse, meets every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in Buckman. Lasallian Collegians is another organization that is open to people of all faiths- exploring the Founder, his ministry, his principles, and his legacy.  The opportunities are endless. We welcome any additional suggestions you might have to expand our ministry.

Where is the Campus Ministry Suite & Stritch Chapel?
The campus ministry suite is located in the east breezeway on the lower level of the Thomas Center across from the Buccaneer Grille. Br. Tom and Margretta have offices in this suite; Wilson can be found in Student Life offices in Rozier Hall. The Stritch Chapel is a part of the CBU campus and easily accessed off of Avery Avenue. The chapel of the Lambert Hall community of the Brothers, it is also used by the campus community for liturgical events and can be available for private reflection with advance notice.

Can I setup an appointment to talk to one of the campus ministers?
Absolutely. Our team is diverse in gender, age, and background. You are welcome to click on the “Campus Ministry Team” page in this section to email a campus minister directly and privately. While our schedules are often very tight, we are committed to our campus community — students, staff, and faculty. Our greatest joy is to help others in their journey through CBU and beyond.

I have an idea for campus ministry. How do I share my idea with the team?
The easiest and most direct way to share your idea with Campus Ministry is to email [cbuministry@cbu.edu]. Depending on the request or idea, one or more of the team will be in contact with you. Unless an emergency, please allow 24-48 hours for a personalized response.