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A Fresh Look at Campus Ministry

Since arriving at Notre Dame in May 2008 as the new director of campus ministry, Anthony Camino is focused on a key question: What should campus ministry look like at a Catholic college?

Anthony CaminoA key part of Camino’s vision for ministry involves empowering students to take ownership of their faith and answer the call to service and ministry. “A Catholic vision of Church is one where all people take up the mission of spreading the Good News,” said Camino. “It’s essential for us at Notre Dame to give students the skills they need and help them to recognize that they have gifts and talents and can lead Bible studies and run reflection groups for other students.”

For Camino, faith in a good and loving God and devotion to the Catholic Church have been pillars of his own life. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he was baptized at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Collinwood, and is a member of St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills. He graduated from Borromeo College of Ohio in 1986 with a bachelor of arts in philosophy and earned his master’s degree in theology from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Cleveland.

As an adult, Camino committed himself to serving others through ministry. He was on staff at St. Noel from 1995 to 2008 where he headed up the junior high and high school ministry programs, ran the parish’s furniture bank, and directed the Stephen Ministry, a one-to-one listening ministry. He also worked with the homeless at the West Side Catholic Center and taught religion at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio. “I’ve never done anything except work for the Church,” he said.

As Camino sees it, the starting point of campus ministry is Catholic Mass. “It begins with us Catholics being empowered and motivated through vibrant liturgy. The better we can make Mass, the more attendance we have at each service, the better quality the experience will be.”

Steve Ruic is the writer and editor for Notre Dame College.