ST. BENEDICT HIGH SCHOOL IS A CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES GLOBAL HIGH SCHOOL! CLICK THROUGH TO LEARN MORE.

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Mr. Dan Masterton, Campus Minister

dmasterton@stbenedict.com + (773) 539-0066 x2452  

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Campus Ministry is located in Student Center (2nd floor of Building 4) and collaborates closely with St. Benedict Parish Youth Ministry, directed by Ms. Kim McMillan (kmcmillan@stbenedict.com).

Seniors: students who attended Kairos last year and would like to become leaders this year must complete the application process by Tuesday, September 5. CLICK HERE for the full instructions.

St. Ben's Alumni: Here's the form to volunteer for the Class of 2018's Senior Retreat -- prep meeting in December & retreat in January.

EXCITING NEWS! For AGORA 2017-18, Mr. Masterton is leading a Borderlands AGORA, and our trip is full! See the Service section lower on the page for more info.


RETREATS         We must retreat to move forward...

As a Catholic school, Catholic Tradition inspires the content and formation of all our retreats, including sacramental experiences like Mass and Reconciliation. However, all of our retreats are open and welcoming to people of other Christian traditions, other faiths, and no religion at all. We simply ask that all students engage with these experiences on a personal, authentic level with an openness to the call of God and with respect for Catholicism.

Our retreats substantially and thoughtfully challenge our students to explore their relationships with self, others, and God. Added to students' experience in theology classes, prayer, and Mass, St. Benedict students gain an integrative faith experience that builds from year to year toward graduation.

Senior Retreat is an overnight retreat that challenges seniors to confront challenging issues pertaining to adulthood. As they move through their final year of high school toward college and its greater independence and responsibility, Senior Retreat invites them to consider issues of relationships, sexuality, identity, and social life in the context of faithfulness. We invite them to identify their strengths and weaknesses in dealing with each of these ideas and push them to become the best versions of themselves as they graduate from St. Ben’s.

Senior Retreat for the Class of 2018 will be Tuesday-Wednesday, January 9-10, 2018 at Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines, IL. Our last Senior Retreat took place on Thursday-Friday, January 5-6, 2017 at Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) in Woodstock, IL.

Kairos is a four-day retreat that invites juniors to engage with their faith in a more intensive way. Based off the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kairos uses small- and large-group discussions, adult and student talks, and individual and communal prayer to demonstrate the nearness and magnitude of God’s love. While Mr. Masterton, Ms. Deady, and Ms. McMillan coordinate and direct the retreat, Kairos is driven and animated by a team of student leaders who participate in year-long formation to prepare for the retreat.

Our next Kairos (2K18) will take place Tuesday-Friday, May 1-4, 2018, at Lasalle Manor Retreat Center in Plano, IL. Our last Kairos took place on Tuesday-Friday, February 14-17, 2017, also at Lasalle.

El Camino (formerly known as Sophomore Retreat) is an overnight retreat that challenges sophomores to reflect about themselves, about others and relationships, and about their relationship with God. The overnight experience also helps get students use to a more intensive retreat and help prepare them for Kairos as juniors. El Camino was created and directed/led by the students of the Kairos Team.

El Camino Retreat took place Thursday-Friday, December 15-16, 2016, at Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines, IL, for both the freshmen and sophomores. Our last Sophomore Retreat was a single-day experience on Friday, December 18, 2015, also at Cabrini Retreat Center. St. Benedict High School will no longer have sophomores as of 2017-18.

Freshmen Retreat is a one-day retreat on campus. Led by St. Ben’s upperclassmen, this retreat helps freshmen acclimate to high school, giving context on what it’s like to go to St. Ben’s and to Catholic school. Using ice-breaker activities and team-building, freshmen can make new friends and gain advocates in their leaders as they start their faith journeys at St. Ben’s.

Freshmen attended El Camino in 2016-17. Our last Freshmen Retreat took place on Thursday, November 12, 2015 also in Beaven Hall. St. Benedict High School will no longer have freshmen as of 2017-18.

Middle School Days of Reflection are bite-sized spiritual experiences to help middle-schoolers engage their faith beyond their theology classes.

The middle school experiences are grade-specific, with each class having its own opportunity. 2017-18 will be confirmed soon.

Last year, 6th graders had their experience on Monday, November 21, 2016, 7th graders on Thursday, March 9, 2017, and 8th graders on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in conjunction with their ribbon Mass.

The Confirmation Retreat will be directed by Ms. McMillan, Director of St. Benedict Parish Youth Ministry. Stay tuned for more information and reference your confirmation packets from Mr. Daniel Hughes, Director of Catechesis.

The Confirmation Retreat took place on Saturday, March 25, 2017, here on campus from noon to 6pm, concluding with 5pm Mass in the parish church.

 

MASS & PRAYER

St. Benedict Secondary School attends Mass every Tuesday morning. Most students join the parishioners at 8:30am daily Mass in the parish church. Meanwhile, rotating groups of students stay back in the school chapel for a more intimate Mass, celebrating as a smaller group either by grade level or by house.

Each week, a different group is responsible for reading and bringing forward the gifts at Mass in the parish church, rotating between grade levels and houses. The Secondary School Choir, with Mr. Kiolbassa, Director of Music for the parish, and teachers Ms. Stapleton and Mr. Masterton, lead the music for Mass. In our smaller Mass, students from the group in attendance lead all the ministries.

Students interested in reading or bringing up gifts at Mass should talk to their homeroom/advisory teacher or their Head of House to volunteer.

Students interested in becoming altar servers or Eucharistic Ministers should visit Mr. Masterton, who will help arrange special training to prepare them for the ministry.

Once a month after Tuesday Mass, secondary school students visit their prayer buddies, students from the youngest grades at St. Ben's. They spend time together working on a collaborative activity relating to the faith and share some snacks and free time together as well.

 

SERVICE

St. Ben’s Campus Ministry makes a monthly Wednesday morning trip to a south-side food pantry, where students partner with local volunteers from St. Columbanus Church to set up a food line and distribute weekly groceries to clients.

We have also started a partnership with Habitat for Humanity via the Pope Francis Home Challenge, raising money and spending volunteer hours building a new home off 119th St. in Pullman, where Habitat is building a full block of sixteen new homes. Other partnerships for student service include St. Benedict Parish outreach, Feed My Starving Children, The Port Ministries, Franciscan Outreach, Catholic Charities North Center Senior Center, Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services, Warren Park Health & Living Center, Misericordia, and more.

Service is a central part of our senior theology course, Social Justice & Vocations. Our class includes curricular service outings and service-learning reflection. Visit our class blog to read students' reflections and watch this video montage (also embedded below) of our inaugural SoJuVo cohort representing St. Ben's in the community.

 

For AGORA 2017-18, Mr. Masterton is leading a Borderlands AGORA. Read more:

The USA is and always has been a nation of immigrants, and the perennial issues surrounding immigration and migration come with complex questions relating to justice and human dignity. The Borderlands Agora will travel to southern Arizona (travel via Tucson, staying/visiting in Nogales, AZ) to examine these issues up close and on both sides of the border. We will mix experiential learning, interactive presentations, and group discussions around an itinerary that will potentially include time in the desert along migration paths, meetings with advocates for immigration justice and those people in the system, time with the justice and border patrol systems, and more. While travel to Mexico comes with warning from the State Department, this area of Mexico (Nogales, Sonora) at this border area is not part of the travel advisory, and our guides for the time we will spend across the border are experienced in leading visiting groups. Our goal is to undertake a thorough educational immersion that has students encounter these marginalized people and their realities so that they can start becoming advocates for justice and human dignity.

Cost: $800 (based on 12 students with 2 adult chaperones)


Note: Students must obtain on their own...

  • Valid, up-to-date passport
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Properly layered clothing for desert time
  • String bag and/or backpack for portable supplies  that fits in carry-on luggage (only one wheel-suitcase per student)

For AGORA 2016-17, Mr. Masterton led a pilgrimage to Spain to walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostela -- check out our Instagram posts from the trip!

For AGORA 2015-16, Ms. McMillan and Mr. Masterton led The Margins: Chicago Service. For more information on AGORA and our group, follow our social media, click through to our AGORA page, and read our AGORA blog from the week.

 

Mr. Masterton graduated from the University of Notre Dame cum laude with a BA in Honors Theology in 2011 and from Catholic Theological Union with an MA in Theology-Biblical Ministry in 2016. He has also worked as a volunteer lay minister in Ireland and for five years as a Campus Minister, theology teacher, and coach at Catholic high schools. He is married to his wife, Katherine, and is father to one daughter, Lucy, and also enjoys writing, running, and cheering on Chicago sports.