Campus Ministry

Campus Ministers

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Embracing our identity as a Jesuit school, we pray the words of St. Ignatius:

Prayer for Generosity

Lord, Teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to ask for reward,
Except that of knowing that I do your will.

St. Ignatius of Loyola,
Pray for Us. 

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Christian Life Communities (CLC)

Small groups of students form CLC groups to support one another in living a Christian lifestyle. Ignatian spirituality is at the heart of these students' desire to form community, to pray and to live their lives in service to others.

Spiritual Direction

Members of the Campus Ministry staff are available for personal spiritual direction, helping the student to see how God is leading him and how he is responding.

Campus Ministry offers unique and challenging opportunities through which students, parents, faculty and staff can deepen their understanding and experience of themselves as human persons and their faith as Christians. We hope to enable each student to develop a deep and lasting commitment to the Ignatian vision of "men for and with others." Sensitivity is shown for students, faculty and staff of different faiths, with the common concern for the religious and moral growth of all students.

Sensitivity is shown for students, faculty and staff of different faiths, with the common concern for the religious and moral growth of all students.

Campus Ministry activities are designed to promote prayer, both personal and communal, and individual reflection. A sequential program of retreats and days of reflection offers occasions for students to grow in self-knowledge, interpersonal relations, and awareness of God's presence in their lives.

Retreats

Retreats are an essential part of developing young men to be reflective, thoughtful believers. Taking time from the routine of the day and from the busyness of life helps students to gain perspective and to evaluate priorities.

Freshman Retreat

This mandatory Sunday retreat welcomes the freshman class to the Bellarmine community and introduces them to the spiritual life of the school. Freshmen, teachers, upperclassmen serving as retreat leaders and those serving as big brothers gather to share a variety of activities including liturgy, prayer, reflection, discussion, hospitality and social activity.

Sophomore Leadership Overnight Retreat

The sophomore retreat is a two-day experience which incorporates rope courses, service and reflection to engage body, mind and spirit. Students, who attend the retreat with their homeroom and homeroom mentors, are empowered to become leaders in faith - a faith that does justice - throughout the venture.

We begin in the Santa Cruz mountains, where retreatants contemplate their God-given talents and recognize their responsibility to use those gifts to serve the greater community. Looking to Jesus as our primary example of servant leadership, we then return to San Jose to engage in service with our community partners.

Big Brothers Leadership Retreat

Big Brothers (juniors and seniors selected to mentor incoming freshmen) attend an overnight retreat in September to ground themselves in Christian leadership principles and to prepare themselves to lead Freshman Retreat in October.

Kairos

This four-day retreat is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to reflect on self and relationships with God, family and friends. Through the experience of group discussion, prayer and Sacraments, students are helped to see life in a new way, and more fully appreciate the remaining days of high school and the years ahead.

Mother-Junior Son OR Father-Senior Son Retreat

With recognition of God’s presence, this overnight retreat is a time for deepening the bond of love between mother and son or father and son. There is time for sharing, prayer and relaxation.

Wilderness Retreat

A small group of students venture out to contemplate their image of God over four days in the Sierras. This retreat blends Ignatian spirituality with the quiet of the backcountry.

The Sacraments

Eucharist

Liturgy is celebrated three days per week. We also come together as a community to celebrate:

  • All-school liturgies - including the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which inaugurates the school year, and the Thanksgiving Interfaith Prayer Service, where we gather to give thanks to God for our many blessings, including the diversity of faiths represented by the students and faculty.
  • Magis Masses - smaller gatherings of co-curricular groups, planned primarily by students.
  • Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine Masses - hosted by a different academic department each year, these Masses bring students together to honor our school's patron saint.
  • Baccalaureate Mass - seniors come together with families, faculty, and staff for the Baccalaureate Liturgy prior to graduation.

Students are invited to lector, sing in the choir, share reflections and serve as Eucharistic Ministers.

Reconciliation

During the seasons of Advent and Lent, students are given the opportunity through Religious Studies classes to participate in a communal prayer service in the Leontyne Chapel, privately reflect, make an examination of conscience, and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Confirmation

Seniors who have not been able to arrange for Confirmation through their local parish may complete their preparation at Bellarmine through the Religious Studies Department. A special Confirmation ceremony is planned in cooperation with the Diocese of San Jose.

Prayer

Each morning begins with a prayer led by a student, faculty or staff member for the entire community. Teachers are strongly encouraged to begin each class with a prayer.

The community takes 5 minutes during homeroom to pray The Examen of Consciousness, based upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, in order for all to become more aware of God's loving presence.