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 are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year through Wednesday, March 7th. Please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 felt called to apply to the CMA position after seeing the loving, welcoming presence that former CMAs were for Michigan students, like me, at St. Mary. I wanted to grow in my ability to love others like Christ. At St. Mary I learned so much, both from other staff and community members, about the different ways of being an intentional disciple and meeting people where they are. This was a challenging position, but through it, I was able to explore my interests in faith, justice, and social change, while developing my strengths of writing, building relationships, and managing programs and events. I can already feel the impact this experience will have on me moving forward in my career and life.” Jake Derry 2017-2018 CMA
“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