Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry seeks to serve all students, faculty and staff as a beacon of hope, strength and guidance in their spiritual lives. It strives to provide regular encounters with Jesus Christ, particularly through the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, Retreats, Days of Reflection, Acts of Service, Motivational Speakers, Spiritual Clubs and other programmatic initiatives. 

Campus Ministry truly exists and takes on the mission of helping every individual of the Bishop Dwenger community to better know, love and serve Jesus Christ through fulfillment of His will for their personal lives. “...The laity must make progress in holiness in a happy and ready spirit, trying prudently and patiently to overcome difficulties. Neither family concerns nor other secular affairs should be irrelevant to their spiritual life…The Lord renews His invitation to all the laity to come closer to Him every day…” (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Pope Paul VI, November 18, 1965, Chapter 1, Article 3-4; Exhortation)  

Calendar of events related to Campus Ministry include: Holy Mass, Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel multiple times per week; Daily student lead prayer before each lunch period; Monthly All School Masses; Annual school-wide Bishop’s Pastoral Visit; Foreign Language Balloon Rosary; Saints on the Move Service Day; Advent and Lenten Reconciliation Services; Stations of the Cross, Vocations Day, May Crowning and more. 

Campus Ministry is available to offer spiritual guidance to students, faculty and staff members or parents who may be experiencing grief, peer or dating relationship difficulties, peer pressure, parental divorce and other related issues. It is also available to provide support on issues related to vocational discernment, faith development, prayer life, and more. A professional counselor is available to assist with more serious emotional and/or psychological issues.

Contact Information:

Chaplain: Fr. Bob Garrow, 260-496-4736, bgarrow@bishopdwenger.com
Campus Minister: Jason Garrett, 260-496-4736, jgarrett@bishopdwenger.com
Service Coordinator: Nancy Yorke, 260-496-4742, nyorke@bishopdwenger.com
Student Life Counselor: Melinda Cochran, mcochran@bishopdwenger.com

Professional Counseling & Peer Mediators

Counseling Services are confidential within limits. Parents are kept informed while maintaining necessary confidences with students. Referrals are generally made by parents.

Reasons for referral include:

  • Sadness or irritable most of the time 
  • Loss of interest in activities or friends 
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions 
  • Feelings of worthlessness 
  • Thoughts of death or suicide 
  • Extreme worrying 
  • Extreme restlessness or agitation 
  • Severe test anxiety 
  • Panic attacks 
  • Extreme moodiness 
  • Constant conflicts 
  • Self-harming behaviors 
  • Complicated grief or loss issues

“If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.” (Romans 12:18)

Students learn to handle conflict in a peaceful way which resolves the conflict and meets the needs of everyone involved. Training to be a mediator takes place at the beginning of the school year. Being a Peer Mediator is considered a school leadership position.

Mediation is: A process involving two mediators and two people having a conflict.

Goals of Mediation: To help people resolve their problems. To come to an acceptable agreement. To treat each other with respect. To improve relationships. To speak honestly about feelings.