Catholic Community on Campus
“Saint Peter’s University, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately, and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment.” – University Mission Statement
There are a number of opportunities for the Catholic community members on campus to live out and grow in their faith.
The campus community is invited to celebrate weekday and Sunday evening liturgies at Saint Aedan’s: The Saint Peter’s University Church. Special liturgies like Mass of the Holy Spirit and Baccalaureate Mass are important in the Catholic university tradition and are also held in Saint Aedan’s Church to accommodate more people. Those feeling called to liturgical ministry can contact Fr. Rocco Danzi, SJ, to find out about the many ways to get involved.
The sacrament of reconciliation is available by appointment. To schedule, please contact Campus Ministry at (201) 761-7390.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process where those interested in becoming Catholic or finishing their sacramental formation can come to know God in deeper and more loving way. Classes are held weekly with the culmination at the Easter Vigil.
St. Aedan’s: The Saint Peter’s University Church is located on the east side of campus at the corner of Bergen Avenue and Mercer Street. The church not only serves the University, but also the Jersey City community. In addition to offering faith development and regular liturgical celebrations, St. Aedan’s is also the site of University-wide liturgies like Mass of the Holy Spirit, Baccalaureate Mass, and our Sunday Mass for students at 7pm.
The 450-year-old tradition of Jesuit education is manifested through the University’s strong core curriculum, through cura personalis (personal care) for its students and each other, and the nurturing in young men and women of high intellect and spiritual freedom, the tools for a lifetime of discernment and service to their world as “men and women with and for others.”