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Catholic Colleges in the 21st Century: A Road Map for Campus Ministry

Catholic Colleges in the 21st Century: A Road Map for Campus Ministry

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  • ISBN-13: 9780809147335
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2011
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.27 x 7.99 x 5.24 inches


This book examines social and pastoral issues that impact the direction of campus ministry at Catholic colleges and universities in the United States today. A paradigm shift has occurred from the Vatican II generation till now in which their children, as well as their non-Catholic companions, make up the student bodies of 21st century Catholic colleges and universities. Immersed in a world of consumerism, postmodernist doubt, and post-9/11 xenophobia, today s students of Catholic colleges and universities live in a world of cultural pluralism as well as religious diversity. Further, their lifestyles and life goals differ greatly from previous generations and urge a new pastoral response by campus ministers.

To that end, this book provides today s campus ministers, and those in training, with a road map to assist them in navigating the following issues: 1) Catholic Identity: balancing Catholic identity and cultural pluralism; 2) Student Profile: understanding 21st century Catholic college culture; 3) Role of Campus Minister: responding to the spiritual, pastoral, and emotional reality of Catholic college students; 4) Academics: theology, philosophy, core curricula requirements; 5) Student Activities: integrating core Catholic values; 6) Student Life: respecting and nurturing faith traditions; 7) Social and Political Engagement: promoting peace and justice; 8) Annotated Bibliography of Recommended Texts.

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