Campus Ministry

Flowing from the mission of St. Francis College, the programs offered by Campus Ministry are aimed at the development of the whole person, in an atmosphere of friendship and support, within a socially responsible, mutually respectful, serving community.

Working in collaboration with other departments, Campus Ministry focuses particularly on the spiritual development of students and the college community.

Campus Ministry is located in the:
McArdle Student Lounge (room 1304),
and has offices in rooms 1310 and 1312.

The Director of Campus Ministry is:
Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM (ext. 5493).

Fr. Brian, along with student assistants or peer counselors are available daily to respond to any concerns of students. The College Chapel, located on the first floor, is always open for private prayer and personal reflection. In addition, there are daily prayer services and a weekly Mass. Retreat opportunities are provided during the year, and the RCIA Program is offered to students in need of the Sacraments of Initiation.

Campus Ministry welcomes students from all religious traditions. It sponsors the College Choir and a program of community service through which students volunteer on campus or in neighboring communities. Through these efforts, the college is enhanced as a community itself, while extending its caring mission to the wider society.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about what Campus Ministry can do for you:

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

Chapel Services

The St. Francis College Chapel is open at all times. It is available for quiet prayer and personal reflection for everyone.

Catholic Mass with Eucharist is celebrated in the chapel twice a week:

Monday at 12:30PM
Thursday at 11:20AM

Visiting clergy, often college alumni, preside at the liturgy. Students can be trained and certified on-campus through Campus Ministry to serve as Lectors and/or Eucharistic Ministers at Mass.

During Lent, Stations of the Cross are conducted at 12:30PM on Fridays.

College Choir

The choir performs a Christmas Concert, Spring Concert and during Baccalaureate ceremonies. New members are always welcome. Sign up at Campus Ministry.

Community Sevice

Part of the mission of Campus Ministry is to foster social responsibility through community service. Our students volunteer one or two hours per week in agencies throughout Brooklyn and the other boroughs and/or several more hours at special events. Some serve on campus in departments such as Academic Enhancement.

St. Francis College Scholars have a service requirement as part of their scholarship. This requirement can be fulfilled through the Campus Ministry opportunities in the neighborhoods.

Counseling / Chat-n-Chew

Individual counseling is available to all members of the college community by the Director and Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, as well as through the professional staff of the College's Wellness Center. Peer Counselors are available in the Campus Ministry booth (room 1304) 4 days a week. Also, look for “Chat-n-Chew” sessions in the cafeteria where you can speak one-to-one with peers who are trained and ready to assist you.

RCIA

St. Francis College's Campus Ministry provides instruction and preparation for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Classes are offered for students interested in Baptism as well as for Catholics who have not yet received First Communion and/or Confirmation. Classes meet once a week, beginning in September, and lead to reception of the Sacraments at St. James' Cathedral in downtown Brooklyn during the Easter season. Sign up in September at Campus Ministry. (If you are already baptized, please bring your Baptismal Certificate or related documents or information).

Retreats

Campus Ministry sponsors Days and Evenings of Recollection each semester as well as some weekend retreat experiences in conjunction with other colleges. Check the Campus Ministry bulletin board in the McArdle Student Center for retreat announcements.

End-of-year retreat at Mount Alvernia in Centerport, LI

Franciscan Resources

About Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM

fr. brian jordanFather Brian Jordan, OFM has been an ordained Roman Catholic priest for thirty years.

He became Director of Campus Ministry at St. Francis College in 2012 after serving numerous, multicultural parishes in The Bronx, Boston, MA, and Silver Springs, MD. He has also ministered among labor union workers and immigrants.

Bi-lingual in English and Spanish, Fr. Brian has written extensively about immigrant advocacy as well as Irish and Latino issues in a number of national journals and magazines. He also worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a public affairs specialist.

With a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newtown Theological School, Fr. Brian has expertise in labor issues, Catholic Social Teaching, the history of multicultural parishes throughout the United States, as well as immigration law and policy.

He has served as an immigration counselor at Holy Name Church and to the New York City Building and Construction Trades Council, and has served as a spiritual advisor to local labor unions.He was a chaplain at Ground Zero for ten months after the World Trade Center attack on 9/11.

Fr. Brian has also completed 61 marathons.