Our Catholic Identity The Society of Jesus, or “Jesuits,” is a religious order within the Roman Catholic Church. As a Jesuit university, we dedicate ourselves to academic excellence under the inspiration of the Catholic faith. Our faculty, staff and students recognize and affirm the importance of academic freedom in the pursuit of truth; and consistent with our Christian vision of the dignity of each human person, we welcome and respect students, faculty and staff from all faith traditions and beliefs. Does Regis offer areas of study or course work in the Catholic faith? We offer a minor in Catholic Studies, which takes an interdisciplinary approach and offers an opportunity to deepen understanding of the Catholic Christian tradition and its relationships historically and in present day with intellectual thought, society, politics, morality, spirituality, economics, science, media, literature, the arts and other dimensions of culture. Learn more about the Catholic Studies program. What services/liturgies are available to Catholic students? University Ministry offers opportunities for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to participate in and practice their faith. We welcome all members of the Regis community, as well as those from our local community, to join us for worship and spiritual enrichment. For the most up-to-date schedule information, please call University Ministry at 303.458.4153. Find other details about sacraments, Wednesday Night Worship (offered during the traditional academic year when classes are in session), and opportunities to get involved in Catholic Mass. What if I’m not Catholic? Regis University’s student body is a diverse group coming from all faith and belief backgrounds. We are an inclusive community and University Ministry offers a variety of events and programs with this in mind. Did you know that that there is a space on campus specifically designed for students of any faith to gather and pray? It is called the Newland Prayer Room, and it is inside the St. John Francis Regis Chapel. Find more details about some of the interfaith or non-Catholic events University Ministry offers, as well as a listing of local places of worship outside the Catholic faith. Catholic Activities at Regis University Ministry Activities Daily Mass and three Sunday Masses Special liturgies: Feast Days, Mass of the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Christmas, Holy Week, Baccalaureate Mass, Memorial Masses, Advent and Lenten Reconciliation Services Weekly Adoration, often with Benediction Weekly Reconciliation, also offered by appointment Advent daily email reflections for students, staff, and faculty Ongoing opportunities for student formation as liturgical ministers and in chapel choir Stations of the Cross during Lent Weekly Prayer at night for students: live Praise and Worship music, student faith-sharing, Adoration Faith & Justice Spring Break trip to Dolores Mission/Homeboy Industries; Urban Plunge; Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program Promotion of vocation events for those considering religious life Catholic post-grad service opportunities widely publicized for students Annual retreat series (New students “Connections”, Kairos, Discernment, and Ignatian silent retreats) Peer ministers in the residence halls Student organizations such as Romero House (Catholic Campus Ministry Association national award-winning program) Funding support to send students to regional and national Catholic programs such as the SEEK retreat, the March for Life, and World Youth Day Contact the University Ministry for more information at 303.458.4153. Student Retreats We offer a half dozen unique retreats for students to explore their beliefs and themselves. Included are religious retreats for identifying Catholics or the curious, as well as retreats designed to give you a unique perspective on a marginalized group. Read about the specific programs. Catholic Art Regis has an extensive collection of religious art in classrooms, meeting rooms, the St. John Francis Regis Chapel, the Dayton Memorial Library, and other indoor and outdoor public spaces. We have named this effort the Faith in Art Series. Read about it and see some of the collection in the Art and Mission of Regis University brochure. We welcome you onto the Northwest Denver Campus any time to view the collection. Identifying Catholic Student Resources Scholarships Scholarships are available for students coming from Catholic high schools including Arrupe Jesuit High School, to which Regis has a partnership scholarship program. Other scholarships include: Catholic clergy and religious workers tuition discount Student Teaching at Catholic Schools Scholarship Ignatian Scholarship for Religious Leadership Course tuition grants for Arrupe Jesuit High School and Escuela de Guadalupe faculty For more information on financial aid and scholarships, see the Types of Aid page in the Financial Aid Office, or call 303.458.4126. Curriculum Our core course requirements for all traditional students include religious studies, philosophy, search for meaning, justice and the common good, and health care ethics, as well as a "Leading Lives That Matter” course requirement for all undergraduate adult students. In addition, you can opt to take Catholic classes including Catholic Christianity, Flourishing and Catholic Ethics, Catholic Social Thought, Latino/a Catholicism, Jesuit Spirituality, Catholic Imagination in Literature and Film, and Classics of Christian Thought. We also have a Catholic Studies minor for undergraduates. How Catholicism Manifests in the University Active Memberships Regis has active memberships with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Our Trustee Selection and Training We ensure there is careful attention to selecting candidates, including Jesuits and lay Catholics in the community as options. Once selected, we provide orientation activities, regular retreats, and mission reflections that highlight our Catholic and Jesuit traditions. A prominent role of the Standing Committee of Mission, as well as Academic and Student Affairs, is overseeing the University’s Jesuit Catholic character. Partnerships with the Archdiocese of Denver and other Organizations Archdiocese's Office of Liturgy: Joint liturgical music workshops Arrupe Jesuit High School: University partnership projects Denver Ignatian Spirituality Program: collaboration Education Department: places students at local Catholic schools such as Annunciation, Guardian Angels, and St. Rose of Lima Escuela de Guadalupe: University partnership projects Father Woody's Service Programs: Fr. Woody tutoring program in Catholic schools Weekend “Food Backpack” program at Catholic schools serving low income children Hosting Fr. Woody Christmas party Collaboration with Fr. Woody’s Haven of Hope for the Homeless Office of Catholic Schools: Alternative licensure program for Catholic K-12 teachers Russian Byzantine Rite Catholic Community hosted in Regis Chapel University of Notre Dame Alumni: Catholicism in the Modern World Speaker Series partnership In addition, we consistently reach out to other Catholic organizations for service learning projects, study abroad opportunities and more. Faculty Formation Programs It is important to us that all faculty and staff have a deep knowledge of our Jesuit, Catholic roots. We therefore have built many programs and opportunities for the University faculty and staff to explore our foundation and get familiar with the University mission. In addition to an onboarding process that focuses on Jesuit Catholic mission and identity for faculty, we require each new faculty member to undergo a three-year mission orientation program. View the Traditions booklet we give all faculty. We have developed the Ignatian Colleagues Program and a Jesuit Leadership Seminar for senior administrators and faculty. Conferences available for faculty to attend include: Collegium Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education. We offer all staff annual mission leave so they may participate in spiritual retreats, workshops or service projects. University Awards Honoring Service and Dedication We have a collection of awards we give annually to faculty, staff, community leaders and students that exemplify our Jesuit, Catholic mission. Here are three of them: St. John Francis Regis Award for staff Civis Princeps award for community leaders Student graduation speakers chosen for commitment to scholarship and mission Mission and Ministry Staff Vice President for Mission, Rev. Kevin Burke, S.J. Assistant Vice President for Mission, Dr. Kari Kloos University Chair of Ignatian Thought and Imagination, Dr. Christopher Pramuk Mission Coordinator for Staff Outreach, Rev. Pat Quinn, S.J Director of University Ministry, Ms. Kristi Gonsalves-McCabe Catholic university lay ministers Catholic priests in the Religious Studies department, Fr. Fernando Alvarez-Lara, S.J., and Rev. Chrysostom Frank, who also serves in University Ministry Jesuits in formation on campus as available, to see more Meet the Jesuits.