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Campus Ministry2018-07-19T17:08:12+00:00

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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 Camp Aquinas in August.
  • All Sophomores go on a day-long retreat, focusing on vocation and introduction to their future.
  • All Juniors attend an overnight retreat offered three times per year at the Christian Renewal Center in Dickinson.
  • The St. Thomas Senior retreat is held in late March/early April at the Forest Glen Retreat Center near Huntsville.
  • Daily Mass is celebrated in our school chapel.
  • Mandatory all-school 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 www.fca.org 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

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.
Alex Gotay Director of Campus Ministry. Alex is Catholic, a husband of 19 years, father of three boys, and blessed to have been involved in Youth Ministry about 18 years. He holds a Doctorate in Ministry, Master's degrees in both Theological Studies and Philosophy, graduate hours towards another Master’s Degree in Counseling, graduate hours towards a Graduate Certificate in OT Biblical Theology, and a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Child Psychology. Alex is a military brat, went to High School here in Houston, was a Marine Infantryman and is a Black Belt in Brazliian Jiu- Jitsu. He loves mixing our faith with teen and American Culture.

Fr. James Murphy, CSB (BA in Journalism and European History from St. John Fisher College. M.Div from University of St. Michael’s College. M.Ed. from Boston College) joined STH in 2011 and has served in various roles from teaching to drama and athletics. He is currently an Assistant Dean of Students and is the local Superior of the Basilian Fathers of STH.

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. Kevin Storey, Rev. Jim Murphy, Rev. Mitch Dowalgo, Rev. Ronald Schwenzer and Rev. Al Gaelens, meet the sacramental needs of our students, faculty and staff by presiding at daily Mass and hearing confessions.
Mass will be held during flex time and on block days the first 30 minutes of lunch.