“The best part about the Peer Ministry program is that it’s peer to peer; it’s not a professor standing in front of a class lecturing you. It’s a message of spirituality that’s presented to the students, from the students, and that’s what makes it powerful.”
– Mr. Thomas Gambardella ‘76, Director of Campus Ministry
The Peer Ministry program at Bishop Hendricken High School is comprised of a select group of seniors who assist the Campus Ministry professional staff in various capacities, and they serve as valued school ambassadors.
Peer Ministers are selected after completing an application, obtaining a recommendation from their parish pastor, and often interviewing with the Director of Mission & Ministry and Chaplain. Each year, roughly 25 dedicated students are chosen to minister to their peers in this special role.
One of the most important programs the Peer Ministers help facilitate are the day-long retreats held for all students. They are escorted to the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel on campus to begin their retreat, and from there are taken to St. Benedict Parish in Warwick, where they will spend the day. The Peer Ministers are in charge of running breakout sessions, facilitating icebreakers, and leading the students in prayer.
Other responsibilities of Peer Ministers include assisting with New Student Orientation held at the end of May for all incoming students, coordinating our “Taking Flight” Orientation for the new freshman class each August and helping at Masses and prayer services.