The Campus Ministry Office is composed of Chaplain, Fr. Eugene Ritz, Campus Minister, Mrs. Suzanne Kase, and the Theology Department: Deacon Rick Lanciano, Mr. Stephen Bujno, Mr. Bill Davis, Mrs. Kimberly Staub, Mr. David Kuhns and Mrs. Kate Bobb. This Department seeks to provide opportunities for the students to grow in communion with Jesus Christ and help them realize and respond to Jesus' call to live life to the fullest.
Masses and/or prayer services will be held monthly for the student body, and daily Mass will be offered in the school chapel during the morning Activity Period. Eucharistic Adoration will also be available for the students at specific times throughout the school year. Campus Ministry sponsor several activities that enable the students to become more active in their service to those in need. Mr. Gray and Mr. Chad Olivard have begun a partnership with the Olivet Boys and Girls Club. Twice a week, these teachers take a group of Berks Catholic students to the Club and work hand in hand with the young members of Olivets. Berks Catholic students, with the help of the National Honor Society, participate in the Opportunity House Christmas Project, as well as collect soup for the local food pantries. The students, under the guidance of Mrs. Kathy Moult, also cook and serve breakfast at the Opportunity house several times a year. Mr. Steve Bujno is the moderator of the Aevidum Club and members of the senior class, under the direction of Mrs. Kase, plan and sponsor a Field and Fun Day for the students of John Paul II Center for Special Learning.
Ms. Kimberly Harpst moderates an active Pro-Life Club and a B.I.G. (Believe in God) Club and provides more opportunities for students to give witness to their faith while fulfilling their service requirement. The freshmen need to complete 5 hours of service, while the sophomores, juniors, and seniors must complete 10 hours by March 1, 2017. Any senior who completes 200 hours of service by the end of the third quarter will earn a gold cord to be worn at baccalaureate and graduation. All service hours opportunities will be posted on the second floor bulletin board as they become available throughout the school year. Parents will also receive a One Call email notifying them about any available service opportunities.
One final note, the policy of the Diocese of Allentown requires all students enrolled in a Catholic high school, no matter what their religious affiliation may be, to participate in a retreat/spiritual exercise once each academic year. This year, a senior class retreat will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and a school retreat for the junior, sophomore, and freshman classes will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Two Kairos retreats will be held this school year (2016-2017); Kairos for seniors will be November 2 -4, 2016, and Kairos for juniors will be March 1 - 3, 2017. Both retreats will take place at the Malvern Retreat Center in Malvern, PA. This year, the students of Berks Catholic will also have the opportunity to attend the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine in Washington, DC. This Pilgrimage will take place on October 20, 2016, and Father Ritz has reserved buses for this event.