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You can learn a lot about yourself by helping others.
If we had to sum ourselves up in one word, what would it be? Franciscan! What does it mean? We serve others, care for each other and creation, and are open to all. At Briar Cliff, we focus on the spiritual life of students and seek to integrate faith and action:
Mass & Confession
We are happy to once again be celebrating Mass on Sundays! Mass begins at 7:00 p.m. with the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation starting at 6:15 p.m. With our current COVID operation level the following is required for those who wish to attend mass.
- Mass is now open to only the students and employees of the University. We are still not able at this time to allow any visitors from the local area or families of students or employees.
- Family members must still fill out the Charger Health form. They can do this by texting “BCU Visitor” to the number 58052. It will then be sent to them. They must have completed this and be able to present a Green Pass in order to attend mass.
- All those who wish to attend mass must present their Charger Health Green Pass upon arrival.
- Masks must be worn throughout mass.
- Roommates may sit together. Otherwise, social distancing guidelines must be maintained. Available seating is marked by blue X’s on the pews.
We are providing links to both Catholic and non-Catholic places of worship for your convenience. Please check their websites ahead of time to make sure they are offering in-person worship. Places of worship may also require that you sign up ahead of time in order to attend. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Campus Ministry.
Do you sing or play an instrument? Help energize Mass and special services by joining our liturgical ensemble. For more info or to volunteer, contact campus ministry.
Daily prayer requests are circulated around campus. If you have a specific reason or person for which you'd like the BCU community to pray, submit a prayer request to campus ministry.
Join the Antioch Retreat or Busy Person's Retreat, which are focused on building community and promoting a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.
If you wish to join the Catholic Church, or complete your initiation by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, join our weekly Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) group.
Every year during Lent, particpate in a 30-hour fast to incrase awareness to needs of the poor and hungry. Any money raised goes directly to Catholic Relief Services.
Notify campus ministry to volunteer, or for more information.
Briar Cliff students volunteer more than 10,000 hours of service every year:
You don't have to go far to serve others. BCU students assist at the city mission, build houses wit Habitat for Humanity and have even started clothing or food drives of their own. Campus ministry also holds annual service events, including:
- Canned Food Drive
- Senior Citizens' Day Out
- Christmas Party for Persons with Disabilities
- Easter Egg Hunt
National & International Outreach
Join other BCU students on annual trips to poverty stricken countries like Honduras, Guatemala and Saint Lucia. You'll carry out mission work — everything from building houses and water systems to distributing clothes and food to the needy.
Notify campus ministry to volunteer.