The Office of Mission and Ministry, guided by the wisdom of Christ, seeks to promote faith development among students, faculty and staff, celebrated in worship, supported by human community, and expressed in service. Campus Ministry, one component of Mission and Ministry, is a community of people who stimulate: growth in faith; formation of Christian conscience, leadership and personal development; formation of human community; and an understanding of issues of peace and justice. The Gospel of Christ serves as the unifying vision: the truth which sets us free. Faith Sharing Groups Bible Studies Each of the Resident Campus Ministers (RCMs) hosts a Bible Study in their residence halls on a weekly basis. In buildings in which a RCM does not reside, Bible Studies are often organized by student leaders living in that residence hall and supported by one of the RCMs. Ichthi (pronounced Ick-thî) The Catholic faith sharing group that meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the Upper Lounge of the Student Services building. The first Thursday of the month is usually designated for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. Restore A nondenominational faith sharing group that meets Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. in the Kirk House. Fellowship of Student-Athletes A group for student-athletes organized by student-athletes that meets on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the Recreation Room at the Recreation and Wellness Center for discussion, prayer and fellowship. Men's and Women's Groups A number of small groups are organized by the Campus Ministers to talk about and support one another in issues and topics concerning each gender. There are also vocational discernment groups for both men and women as well. Living Person Group A holistic (Mind, Body, Spirit) goals support and accountability group, which serves also as a running training group for the Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon/5K held in Grosse Ile, MI during the Spring semester. Retreats Metanoia The signature retreat offered by the Gannon Campus Ministry team, Metanoia is similar to TEC or Kairos retreat experiences. Like most of our other retreats, it is a student-led retreat experience. Metanoia is meant to explore faith, to ask big questions, and to take a little time for yourself with a great group of Gannon students from all corners of campus. It is offered once a semester. First-Year Retreat Start your time at Gannon off on this upperclassmen-led retreat with fellow first-year students. Offered the first weekend after classes start, this retreat allows first-year students to get off campus for the weekend and create a great sense of community that often lasts through their entire Gannon experience. Busy Person's Retreat A retreat especially designed for busy people offered once each semester. In the Fall semester, retreatants spend a half hour with a retreat director and a half hour reflecting on scripture and prayer each day during the five day retreat without leaving campus. A communal opening and closing session are also held for retreatants and retreat directors. During the Spring semester, the Busy Person's Retreat takes the shape of a personal Lenten journey with a spiritual director where the retreatants will meet on a weekly basis with their director over the course of Lent. Men's and Women's Retreats Somewhat connected with the Men's and Women's groups, Campus Ministry offers a SHINE Women's Retreat in the Fall semester and Men's Retreat in the Spring semester. Membership and involvement in a Men's or Women's group is not required to participate on these retreats. Senior Retreat Wrap up your stint at Gannon reflecting on your time here and looking ahead to the future. Like the First Year Retreat, the Senior Retreat is a great way to bookend your Gannon experience. Jubilee A conference designed to help college students integrate their faith into all areas of their lives. Organized by the Coalition for Christian Outreach, this conference is held annually in Pittsburgh, PA during the Spring semester. Other Campus Ministry Programs Theology on Tap Theology on Tap is a gathering of students that participate in discussions about current events, theology, and issues facing college students. This event takes place at local bars, taverns and restaurants. Appetizers are provided and students buy their own beverages. Theology on Tap occurs three times a semester. The Well A monthly ecumenical praise and worship service with a bit of a coffeehouse feel. The Well meets monthly on a Thursday at 11 a.m. in Waldron 219. Come join in singing some praise and worship songs and hear from someone across campus speak on the theme of the year. Refreshments are provided. Immersions and Mission Trips Similar to the Center for Social Concerns' Alternative Break Service Trips (ABSTs), Campus Ministry offers a number of mission trips and immersion experiences throughout the year. Trips in the past have included: homelessness outreach with L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry in Pittsburgh, the Glenmary volunteer program at Toppa Joppa in Tennessee, and Frenchville's Young People Who Care Program. R.C.I.A. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A. is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices. Other processes are available for individuals who have been already baptized but have not yet completed the other Sacraments of Initiation such as Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion. Christian Living Communities Catholic House The Catholic House is an upperclassmen intentional living learning community that fosters holistic development in the Catholic faith. The Catholic House is built on five pillars: prayer, service, community, chastity, and study. Students participate in weekly prayer, a community Mass during the week, service projects, house meals, and a sharing of their daily lives. Students also participate in two house retreats a year. The Catholic House is comprised of individual apartments and community living space. The House has its own chapel with the Eucharist reserved, a community living room and kitchen and a student study lounge. The house is located at 306 W. 6th Street on the corner of 6th and Myrtle. The Kirk House A Christian community residence located at 627 Myrtle Street which is affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. Residents participate in various community activities such as house retreats, community meals, prayer, meetings, leadership, service and fun times. It provides an environment of spiritual challenge, growth and support to those who live there, as well as provides spiritual and social outreach to other students. The Kirk House has two full-time co-directors that work with the Coalition for Christian Outreach.