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Table of Contents


I. History and Current Opportunities
A. History and Contemporary Developments
B. Current Challenges and Opportunities

II. Campus Ministry and the Relationship Between Church and Higher Education
A. History
B. The Contribution of Higher Education
C. The Contribution of the Church
D. Campus Ministry Described and Defined

III. Persons Who Serve on Campus
A. The Baptized
B. Professional Campus Ministers

IV. Aspects of Campus Ministry
A. Forming the Faith Community
B. Appropriating the Faith
C. Forming Christian Conscience
D. Educating for Peace and Justice
E. Facilitating Personal Development
F. Developing Leaders for the Future


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Empowered by the Spirit


Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future
A Pastoral Letter on Campus Ministry Issued by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Following the bishops' November 1982 general meeting, the Committee on Education was commissioned to draft a pastoral letter on campus ministry. The first draft of this letter was submitted to the bishops in June 1985. The Administrative Committee placed the subsequent draft, Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future, on the bishops' November 1985 agenda. Approval of the text was given during the plenary meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., November 15, 1985. Accordingly, publication of this pastoral letter is authorized by the undersigned.

Msgr. Daniel F. Hoye
General Secretary, NCCB/USCC

Scripture texts used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, copyright © 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. 20017 and are used by permission of copyright owner. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from The Documents of Vatican II, edited by Walter M. Abbott, SJ, copyright © 1966. Reprinted with permission of American Press, Inc., New York, NY.

Copyright © 1986, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc., Washington, D.C. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright holder.

Issued by NCCB/USCC, November 15, 1985. Copyright © 1985, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc. All rights reserved.

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