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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry at Wheeling University seeks to integrate faith and academic life to care for the whole person. We offer opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to cultivate their connections to God and one another through worship, reflection, learning and service. Guided by the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus, we welcome and serve individuals of all religious backgrounds and traditions.


Campus Ministry offers a variety of opportunities for communal prayer, including Sunday and daily Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We are always seeking students to assist in roles as liturgical ministers, including lector, altar server, Eucharistic minister, sacristan, and choir member/cantor. Eucharistic Adoration, Praise and Worship services, and Taize Prayer services are also offered on a regular basis.

Campus Ministry can also help you connect with other places of worship in Wheeling.


Opportunities for reflection are available to students on and off campus. For example, the Freshmen Overnight and Kairos Weekend (for upper class students) retreats, held at beautiful Lantz Farm in Wetzel County, help students take a deeper look at their relationship with family, God and friends.

In addition, student-led Small Prayer Communities, which meet weekly in the residence halls, give students the opportunity to come together and share their faith with one another in the midst of everyday life.

One-on-one spiritual direction with campus ministers is also available upon request. Take advantage of the various opportunities in campus ministry for reflection! 

Have more questions? Check out our Spiritual Direction Q&A’s!


Nourish both your head and your heart by learning more about your faith through a variety of activities. Campus ministry offers sacramental preparation instruction through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program, which offers classes for those interest in joining the Catholic Church or for those who are just seeking to learn more about their faith.

The office of Mission & Identity sponsors guest speakers to encourage reflection on our Catholic mission.


Cultivating a faith that does justice is an integral part of Wheeling University, and Campus Ministry seeks to foster the integration of faith and service in the pursuit of justice for all members of the University community. Campus Ministry does this mainly by partnering with the Appalachian Institute. Through involvement with the Institute, students, faculty, and staff can become involved with the HESS mentoring program, the Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J. Scholars Program, immersion experiences focused on health care, energy, water, and service, environmental justice, and other social justice projects. Other service-oriented student groups include Justice and Peace in Our Times (JAPOT), Students for Life, Circle K, and the Appalachian Experience Club.