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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry at St. Thomas ensures that the young men who are entrusted to our care receive the opportunity for daily spiritual formation and growth.

Campus Ministry provides opportunities for Christian Service Learning, Retreats, Sacramental Ministries, and Student Ministry Opportunities.

All students are obligated to successfully complete the school service requirements during their four years at St. Thomas.
  • Each year students must meet the service requirement
  • Freshmen are required to volunteer at least 15 hours
  • Most students will serve over 100 hours by the time they graduate
All Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors are required to attend one retreat each year.
  • All Freshmen attend an extended day retreat (7 am to 9 pm) every October. It is a tremendous spiritual, fraternal and bonding experience that occurs at the Forest Glen Retreat Center near Huntsville.
  • All Sophomores go on a day-long retreat, focusing on service to others, at Magnificent Houses, Dillon House and Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen.
  • All Juniors attend an overnight retreat offered four times per year at the Christian Renewal Center in Dickinson.
  • The legendary Men of St. Thomas Senior retreat is optional. It is held in late March/early April at the Forest Glen Retreat Center near Huntsville.
  • There are also optional Mother/Son and Father/Son Retreats each year.
  • Daily Mass is celebrated prior to school in our school chapel at 7:20 a.m.
  • Mandatory all-school student liturgies throughout the school year
  • Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during Lent
  • School Chapel is open to students for silent prayer during all school hours
  • Thanksgiving, Advent, Lenten prayer services and liturgies
  • Reconciliation
    • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered weekly and by appointment
    • Reconciliation is available on most student retreats
    • Lenten Reconciliation Service
Campus Ministry at St. Thomas also includes the follow clubs, organizations, leadership development and student ministry opportunities:

Campus Ministry Senior Leaders: Senior Leaders are a highly selective group of seniors who are commissioned to assist Campus Ministry with student retreats, student liturgies, and various ministry offerings at STH. Senior Leaders give Witness Talks on student retreats, facilitate small groups on student retreats, and serve as liturgical ministers at student liturgies. Senior Leaders also are invited to a special leadership camp during the summer prior to their Senior year.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes: FCA is an interdenominational Christian sports ministry to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. STH has a very popular and active FCA huddle. Students and coaches gather bi-weekly for a Friday morning Bible study, faith sharing, and fellowship. FCA at St. Thomas also includes occasional special guest speakers (current and former professional athletes, alumni, coaches), social events and leadership development. Visit for more information.

Liturgy Team: altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, ushers, sacristans

Music Ministry: St. Thomas Singers

Respect Life Club: planning and participation in respect life activities/programs

Rev. Donald T. Cooper, CSB Columbian Squires Circle #5196: The official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. STH has a very popular and active Squires Circle which participates in service projects, Respect Life events, social events, and ministry opportunities. An STH student must be a practicing Catholic to be eligible for membership in this unique campus organization affiliated with the St. Cecilia Knights of Columbus Council #13357.

STH Math Aces: Student led organization that tutors middle school students weekly at St. Theresa's Catholic School and elementary school students at Memorial Elementary.

STH Reading Aces: Student led organization that tutors and reads to elementary school students weekly at Memorial Elementary.
Deacon Leonard Lockett (B.A. University of St. Thomas, M.A. Pastorial Theology, and M.A. Theology) began teaching here in 2015. He teaches Theology II and Theology III and serves as a Campus Minister.

Campus Ministry works in conjunction with the Theology Department, the Fine Arts Department (liturgical music) and the entire faculty and staff (retreat program). In addition, our resident Basilian Fathers, Rev. Al Gaelens, Rev. Jim Murphy, Rev. Mitch Dowalgo, Rev. Ronald Schwenzer, Rev. Kevin Storey and Rev. Bob Glass, meet the sacramental needs of our students, faculty and staff by presiding at daily Mass and hearing confessions.