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Greetings from the Campus Minister!

My name is Sara Castillo and I am thrilled to be serving as the Campus Minister at Cardinal Ritter. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Bogotá, Colombia. My first time in the United States was when I started college; fortunately it was a small school. I did my undergrad in a liberal arts college in Dubuque, Iowa called Loras College. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and International Studies. After finishing college, I joined the Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program. This program is part of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. After two years of graduate classes, community living, spiritual formation, and ministerial experience I graduated from Notre Dame with a Masters of Art in Theology. As the Campus Minister, I oversee and coordinate all the retreats and liturgies, along with the help of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team.

Sara Castillo, Campus Minister

Campus Ministry Leadership Team
Juniors and Seniors are welcome to apply for membership on the Campus Ministry Leadership Team (CMLT). Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and lead all-school liturgies
  • Assist in leading underclassmen retreats
  • Lead morning and afternoon prayer
  • Assist in other Campus Ministry programs

Every month the students, faculty, and staff come together for an all-school liturgy. Additionally, each class has a separate liturgy throughout the year. We also worship as a community on special liturgical occasions.

We welcome at Mass and communion services those Christians who do not receive communion in the Catholic tradition and extend to them a warm blessing. Liturgical seasons of the Church Year such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and special feasts are given particular attention throughout the school year as we live in Christ.

Calendar of Liturgies
All parents are welcome to join us in any of our All-School Liturgies. We also have daily Mass Tuesday through Friday (except the days we have an all school liturgy) at our Chapel Our Lady of Sorrows. Students, parents, and friends of the community are welcome to join us to celebrate Mass every day at 7:25 AM.

First All-School Liturgy
Tuesday, August 15th | 10:20am

Grandparents Mass
Tuesday, September 13th | 10:20am

Homecoming Liturgy
Tuesday, September 26th | 10:20am

All Saints Day Liturgy
Wednesday, November 1st | 10:20am

Veteran's Day Liturgy
Friday, November 10th | 8:30am

Senior Liturgy with Archbishop Thompson
Wednesday, November 29th | 10:20am

Advent Penance Service
Thursday, December 7th | 9:00am

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Liturgy
Friday, December 8th | 10:20am

OLG Prayer Service
Monday, December 11th | 2:20pm

Christmas Liturgy
Friday, January 5th | 10:20am

CSW Liturgy - Family Mass! 
Monday, January 29th | 10:20am

Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Wednesday, February 14th | 10:20am

Lent Penance Service
Thursday, March 1st | 9:00am

Liturgy and Ring Ceremony
Tuesday, March 13th | 10:20am

Easter Liturgy
Tuesday, April 3rd | 10:20am

May Crowning Liturgy
Thursday, May 3rd | 10:20am

8th Grade Graduation
Wednesday, May 30th | 6:30pm

Baccalaureate Mass
Thursday, June 1st | 7:00pm

Class Retreats
Underclassmen have the opportunity to take part in an annual Days of Recollection Retreats. Attendance is mandatory.  7th Graders, Freshmen, and Sophomores go on retreat in the fall, and Juniors and 8th graders go in the spring. These retreats are led by the Campus Ministry Leadership Team.

  • 7th Grade Retreat | November 3
  • 8th Grade Retreat | April 5
  • Freshmen Retreats | August 30 & 31
  • Sophomore Retreats | TBD
  • Junior Retreats | April 19 & 20

Christian Awakening Senior Retreat
Senior Retreat is a signature Cardinal Ritter experience. This retreat has been shaping and bonding graduating classes for decades. Senior Retreat is the culmination of all the previous retreats. This four-day retreat gives students an opportunity to reflect upon who they are, their relationship with others, their relationship with God, their response to Him, and the experience of Christian community. The senior class is split up into four groups.

Student Testimonies
"Campus Ministry has affected my life a lot more than I thought it would have. I thought it was just setting up for School Mass, but it is so much more than that. You get to go and help the younger Raiders grow closer to God, themselves, and each other and that has been a wonderful experience."
Maddy Easley, Senior Class of 2016 

"The Campus Ministry Leadership team has been one of the greatest decisions I've ever made in High school. Being apart of Campus Ministry gives me a chance to be apart of setting up and putting away all materials needed for mass. Being a retreat leader gives me chance to be with a group of underclassmen and help them get along with one another. I have been given the chance to learn so much more about myself and the Catholic faith. It has been an amazing experience to be with a group that share the same passion of praying and talking with God. I feel really thankful for being accepted into this group and I'm so glad I have the chance to not only help myself but help others grow in their faith."
Joel Riley, Senior Class of 2016

"Being apart of Campus Ministry means so much more than just being in a club at Cardinal Ritter. One of the best parts about being on the Campus Ministry team is being able to lead retreats. It means a lot to me and the other campus ministers when we are able to lead a retreat of younger kids and be apart of their journey in their faith and with their peers. Along with leading retreats, we have the responsibility to lead and participate in our all school and class masses. Being able to participate in masses not only keeps us all more involved in the mass, but encourages other people to participate and is all around enjoyable. Overall, being apart of campus ministry has been helped me in my relationships with friends and teachers at Cardinal Ritter but also grow closer to God."
Delaney McKee, Senior Class of 2016


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