Peer Ministry (PM) is the student-led faction of the Campus Ministry office at Regis High School that unites students in collaboration with Campus Ministry to actualize three primary components of religious formation and student representation at Regis: liturgy, retreats, and social justice work. PM works to ensure that student needs, particularly those of a spiritual nature, are understood and met by Campus Ministry and administrative programming. We aim to respond to the call of Pope Francis by building a culture of encounter at Regis. We empower students to explore social justice issues and engage in substantive action to improve inclusivity and diversity at Regis as a form of faith-based service. Fostering this culture of encounter ensures that Regis meets each student where they are in their spiritual journeys, and that we hold fast to the Ignatian ideal of cura personalis.
Peer Ministry has established a spirit of open collaboration with the IDEALS Committee to help center the group’s work around the Ignatian tradition and faith-based vision of social justice. Together, PM and IDEALS aim to advance diversity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives by engaging students in dialogue and service to positively shape the cultural, spiritual, and academic values of the Regis community. This collaboration offers active involvement in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work. Together these groups focus on the implementation of student-inspired proposals for social justice in Regis’s curricula, extracurricular initiatives, and culture.
Peer Ministry Leadership Team (PMLT)
The Peer Ministry Leadership Team brings together a diverse group of students driven towards serving the Regis community. Students are responsible for the creation, development, and implementation of programs that can better affect the experiences of Regians. Our group of leaders serves as facilitators and guides to empower the sharing of faith. Leaders are selected through a rigorous application process that highlights the diverse skill sets of Regis students. Leaders cover all facets of the Regis experiences through their work across school-wide liturgies, retreats, and additional programming. Students properly reflect the Ignatian charism as they serve as positive role models to their brothers. The goal of PMLT is to invite students to be more involved with their faith while feeling connected to the heart of the Regis community, Campus Ministry. Leaders serve as a voice for the Campus Ministry Office and are responsible for the recruitment of other students to participate in liturgical, retreat, and social justice-based programs. Throughout the year, the PMLT organizes and advocates for various proposals and initiatives with the goal of improving the Regis community to better represent and hear the student body. The PMLT also trains all Arrupes and Retreat Leaders (see below) to enhance the implementation of Peer Ministry programming.
Retreat Leaders (RLs)
The Regis High School retreat program offers students the opportunity to take time away from their busy academic, athletic, and social lives for prayer and reflection. While on retreat, students reflect on and discuss issues that affect their daily lives. Our retreats are constructed to empower and develop the spiritual and emotional aspects of students. We prioritize meeting students where they are in order to support them on their spiritual and physical journey throughout high school. Our retreat program is student-led in order to emphasize that students are the living examples of Christ in our community. Each year students are required to attend one retreat, and many choose to participate in more than one. Retreat Leaders play an essential role in using their knowledge of the gospel to assist their peers on their spiritual journeys while growing and enhancing their own faith. RLs remain dedicated to developing and enhancing their leadership skills and practices—both in and outside of retreats—by actively incorporating recommendations from the PMLT and Campus Ministry Office in their ministry.