Interested in year of service at an amazing Jesuit Parish? Do you feel called to work with university students, teens, and a dynamic team of campus ministers? Serving as a campus ministry associate (CMA) at St. Mary Student Parish at the University of Michigan offers this and more.
Apply to serve for a year, grow in faith and community, and develop your own skills through ministry to others.
Create meaningful relationships with students and staff
Grow as a facilitator, supervisor, and team member
Work collaboratively with students and staff on exciting faith-based projects
Live downtown Ann Arbor on the second floor of the campus ministry building!
TO APPLY We have completed our interview process for 2017-2018. We will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year in February 2018 – please check back to this page for updates.
WHO WE ARE Past campus ministry associates share what led them to apply at St. Mary and how the experience shaped their lives today.
“I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2013 with a degree in psychology and joined Christ the King Service Corps to serve as a teacher and mentor at a Catholic elementary school in Detroit. Sure that I wanted to do another year of service, and positive that I didn’t want to work in a school, I applied to be a CMA for the 2014-2015 school year. While at St. Mary I was a part of a dynamic & supportive staff that helped develop me both spiritually and professionally. I supervised the student outreach and engagement team, planned retreats, and assisted with many other parish & student activities. I currently work for Neighborhood Service Organization, a Detroit non-profit, mentoring at-risk teen girls.” Rachel Connor 2014-2015 CMA
“I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2012 with a degree in Religious Studies, but was uncertain if I wanted to stay in academics or focus on pastoral ministry. After two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NorthWest, I decided to immerse myself in the world of ministry before beginning graduate school. At St. Mary I worked with students on retreats, small faith sharing groups, and supervised a group of student leaders working on special events. I was able to more fully discern my call to ministry and grow in leadership in an incredibly supportive, empowering community. I use many things I learned at St. Mary in my studies at the Jesuit School of Theology where I am currently in the Masters of Divinity program.” Elaina Jo Polovick 2014-2015 CMA
“I moved to Boston as a Jesuit volunteer after graduating from John Carroll University in University Heights, OH in 2012 with a degree in Psychology. I taught ESL to adults and ran an after-school homework help program for kids. Enthusiastically Jesuit and feeling like ministry would be the best place to utilize my talents, I applied to be a CMA at St. Mary. As a CMA I was able to explore and hone my abilities and pursue new ideas – while supervising student interns. This experience was an early catalyst for my eventual enrollment in a masters program in theology and ministry at Boston College. My time in Ann Arbor serves me today as a well-spring of wisdom that I will continue to draw from as a future campus minister.” Jeff Hatgas 2013-2014 CMA
“I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a degree in Neuroscience. I wanted to give back to St. Mary through a year of service – or gap year – while discerning my future. As a CMA, I soul searched while experiencing the church in a new light, growing both spiritually and professionally. I now work full time at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles using my understanding of the mind to develop intuitive interfaces and features.”
Paul Prax 2013-2014 CMA
“I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in the school of music, majoring in music education. After graduation, I felt I wasn’t quite ready to leave St. Mary and wanted to contribute more fully to a community that had helped me grow so much. I became a CMA in the pilot year of the program. I directed music, led high school youth group and a Lenten small faith sharing group, and worked with the First Sunday catechism program. My time as a CMA was a highly formative, valuable period in which I grew spiritually and personally, and I would highly recommend the experience to anyone looking to grow their faith and leadership skills in a welcoming, vibrant environment.” Sarah Paquet 2012-2013 CMA