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The Office of Mission and Ministry at Calumet College of St. Joseph advances the Catholic identity and Precious Blood heritage of the only Catholic college in Northwest Indiana by supporting the integration of learning, faith and service through a broad array of programs that engage students, faculty, staff, College leadership, and alumni in the understanding and practice of our religious identity, values and commitments.
Each year, many persons participate in the programs of the Office of Mission and Ministry: retreats, seminars, lectures, mission and immersion trips, service projects, and opportunities for worship and spiritual reflection on campus, on location, and on-line. As a Catholic college in the Precious Blood tradition, we respect and value the wide variety of religious and humanist perspectives of our colleagues. We strive to represent a “centered pluralism” in our offerings and respectfully engage the particular traditions represented in our community. We invite you to explore these pages and immerse yourself within the Calumet College of St. Joseph experience.

+ Yours in Christ,
Fr. Kevin M. Scalf, C.PP.S.

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Mission Statement

Calumet College of St. Joseph is a Catholic institution of higher learning dedicated to the academic, spiritual and ethical development of undergraduate and graduate students. Informed by the values of its founding religious community, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.), the College promotes the inherent dignity of all people, social justice, an ethic of service, student empowerment, opportunity, and lifelong learning.


Distinction

Our students, whether traditional or non-traditional, undergraduate, graduate or professional, come to Calumet College of St. Joseph to share our commitment to learning as a lifelong endeavor. They come to join a community whose members — faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni and friends alike — believe that education must encompass the whole person: spiritual and moral as well as intellectual, the heart as well as the mind. And they come seeking the educational, professional and cultural advantages of a college located in a busy metropolitan area within minutes from the City of Chicago. We, in turn, take seriously our responsibility to foster and support excellence in Catholic higher education, to keep a Calumet College of St. Joseph education accessible to a diverse population of students, and to offer personal attention and care to each member of the Calumet College of St. Joseph family.


Faith

As a Catholic college in the Precious Blood tradition, we are committed to the unfettered pursuit of truth under the mutually illuminating powers of human intelligence and Christian faith. Our Catholic identity is expressed in our choices of curricula, our sponsorship of programs and activities devoted to the cultivation of our religious character, our ecumenical outlook, and our support of Catholic beliefs and values. Precisely because Catholicism at its best seeks to be inclusive, we are open to all who share our mission and seek the truth about God and the world, and we are firmly committed to academic freedom as the necessary precondition for that search. We welcome and benefit enormously from the diversity of seekers within our institution, as we freely choose and celebrate our own Catholic identity.


Leadership

As a Precious Blood college, Calumet College of St. Joseph embodies the intellectual and religious traditions of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Through a comprehensive academic program and a values-centered curriculum, our students receive a firm grounding in the liberal arts, preparation for work in a world of increasing complexity and diversity, and formation for life as ethical and informed leaders in their religious, cultural, professional and civic communities. They work with and learn from faculty who are true teacher-scholars, whose research not only advances the calculus of human knowledge, but also informs their teaching, and whose commitment to students is fundamental to their intellectual and professional lives.


Service

Through both our academic and co-curricular programs, Calumet College of St. Joseph strives to develop persons who will dedicate their lives to the service of others, actively entering into the struggle for a more just society. We expect all members of the Calumet College of St. Joseph family, whatever their faith traditions, to give concrete expression to their beliefs by giving of themselves in service to those in need.

In solidarity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we aspire to instill a basic knowledge and understanding of the six aspects of Campus Ministry outlined in the 1985 U.S. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter “Empowered By the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future.” The six aspects are:

  • Forming the Faith Community
  • Appropriating the Faith
  • Forming the Christian Conscience
  • Facilitating Personal Development
  • Educating for Justice
  • Developing Leaders for the Future

In light of these aspects, our goals follow:

  • To form the faith community in the Catholic and Precious Blood tradition, as well as provide our ecumenical and interfaith population with opportunities to gather with others of their faith tradition.
  • To aid the Calumet College of St. Joseph community in the appropriation and appreciation of their faith.
  • To provide opportunities that form the conscience and character in light of Catholic Social Teaching.
  • To facilitate the personal development of our student leaders.
  • To educate the community in a “faith that does justice.”
  • To develop students as discerning who will excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.) have sponsored and staffed Calumet College of St. Joseph in various capacities since the institution began in 1951.
These C.PP.S. members are currently serving full-time at CCSJ:


Br. Jim Ballmann
Br. Jim Ballmann, C.PP.S.

Br. Jim is a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and currently serves as database administrator and instructor of Computer Information Systems for Calumet College of St. Joseph.
Br. Jim has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN., a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Information Systems from Calumet College of St. Joseph, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Purdue University, Calumet.
Br. Jim spent the first nine years of ministry working in the dairy at the CPPS motherhouse, West Central, OH., and in maintenance at St. Joseph’s College. For the next six years he was manager of the Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue, OH., sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. For the past thirty-one years he has served as facilities director, payroll manager, and computer services where he installed the College’s first internet connection in 1996.
Br. Jim enjoys swimming, cycling and walking. In addition to swimming on a regular basis, he also teaches Red Cross lifeguarding and swimming lessons. Until recent health issues, Br. Jim supported the Red Cross by donating blood. In forty-four years Br. Jim has donated twenty-one gallons of blood.
“I was reluctant to accept the assignment to Calumet College of St. Joseph in 1984. My provincial superior asked me to try it for a year. That was 31 years ago. The years here at Calumet College of St. Joseph have been rewarding and, at times, challenging.”



Br. Ben Basile
Br. Ben Basile, C.PP.S.

Br. Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S., is a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and currently serves as faculty member in the Mathematics program at Calumet College of St. Joseph.
Br. Ben has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN., a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, and he pursued further studies in Education at the University of Akron in Ohio and in Computer Science at Depaul University, Chicago.
A native of Moorestown, New Jersey (fifteen miles outside of Philadelphia), Br. Ben made his first religious profession as a member of the Precious Blood Missionaries on August 15, 1969, two weeks after the first Lunar landing.
Br. Ben was a high school math instructor for his first teaching assignment at a school where he eventually became principal. He then joined the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in the Fall of 1981 as a computer and mathematics instructor, eventually co-founding the College’s first Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems in the mid-1980’s. He also served as Registrar of the College and enjoys teaching “all-math-all-the-time” for almost two decades.
Concurrent with his duties at Calumet College of St. Joseph, he has participated in liturgical music ministry as organist and music director at St. John the Baptist and Sacred Heart Catholic Churches, Whiting, IN., and The Cathedral of the Holy Angels, Gary, IN.
Some of his other interests include audio restoration of vintage recordings, vintage audio equipment, historic pipe organs, and he most recently completed the project of restoring a Kimball pipe organ from 1898 and installing it in the Bernard Art Gallery at Calumet College of St. Joseph.
“I am amazed at how quickly and with how much joy three and one-half decades have passed at Calumet College of St. Joseph.”



Rev. Kevin M. Scalf
Rev. Kevin M. Scalf, C.PP.S.

Rev. Kevin M. Scalf, C.PP.S., is a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and is currently Special Assistant to the President at Calumet College of St. Joseph, Hammond, IN., with a focus in Mission and Ministry.
Fr. Scalf has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, OH., in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Communication Arts. He has completed a Master of Arts degree in Theology at Xavier University, Cincinnati, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Cincinnati, and a Master of Divinity degree at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.
Fr. Scalf has been a member of the faculty of Covington Catholic High School, Covington, KY., The Summit Country Day Upper School, Cincinnati, OH., and Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, IN. He was also a member of the part-time religious studies faculties at the University of Dayton and Calumet College of St. Joseph; a full-time member of the faculty and administration at St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN, and part-time faculty member at a graduate seminary in Tanzania, Africa. He has also served as parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist cluster of parishes in Whiting, IN. His areas of academic concentration are Biblical Studies and Moral Theology.
He has taught Moral Theology and Biblical Studies for many years in the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Programs and Deacon Formation Programs for the Diocese of Gary, Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, and Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. Scalf has been elected to the Priest’s Council for the Diocese of Gary and currently serves on the board of trustees at Bishop Noll Institute and Calumet College of St. Joseph.



Br. Jerry Schwieterman
Br. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S.

Br. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S., is a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and currently serves the Office of Mission and Ministry at Calumet College of St. Joseph.
Br. Jerry has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN., and a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas.
He has served as pastoral associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, East Chicago, IN., and currently serves as campus minister, instructor of religious studies, religious advisor to the president, and archivist at Calumet College of St. Joseph.
“I enjoy working with young people and helping them see their potential as responsible leaders in society one day. Also, I enjoy the challenge of helping students realize that God is a central part of their lives and the importance of integrating Christian virtues in their day to day living.”

Fr. Kevin Scalf with Arms Outstretched

Eucharist / Mass

The Eucharist is the "source and summit" of Catholic spirituality. It is the ritual offering of sacrifice and thanksgiving that draws the community of Catholics into the Body of Christ. Mass occurs every weekday, 8:00 a.m., in the College’s first floor chapel.

Mass Times / Sacraments

Monday - Thursday
7:00 a.m. St. John the Baptist, Whiting
8:00 a.m. Calumet College of St. Joseph chapel

Saturday
7:00 a.m. St. John the Baptist, Whiting
4:30 p.m. St. Adalbert, Whiting

Sunday
8:00 a.m. St. John the Baptist, Whiting
10:30 a.m. St. John the Baptist, Whiting
10:30 a.m. Sacred Heart, Whiting (Spanish Mass)


Parish Addresses

St. John the Baptist
1849 Lincoln Ave.
Whiting, IN 46394

St. Adalbert
1340, 121st Street.
Whiting, IN 46394

Sacred Heart
1731 LaPorte Ave.
Whiting, IN 46394


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Monday – Saturday Morning:
After the 7:00 Mass at St. John the Baptist

Saturday:
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. at St. Adalbert


Sacraments of Healing at Calumet College of St. Joseph

For the Sacraments of Reconciliation or Anointing of the Sick at Calumet College of St. Joseph, please contact Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S. at kscalf@ccsj.edu or (219) 473-4351
For other Sacraments, please contact your parish.

Kairos Retreat Program

“Kairos” is a Greek term which means, “God’s time,” in comparison to “Kronos,” or calendar time. This four day, three night retreat is modeled after the “Spiritual Exercises” of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and invites the retreatant to explore “God in all things” through talks from peers and college staff, small and large group discussions, and integrating prayer rituals. It will occur at a beautiful retreat center off-campus. Transportation, meals and supplies provided.
Kairos is offered at many Catholic high schools and colleges throughout the country and is often regarded as a life-changing experience. Kairos at Calumet College of St. Joseph has been adapted for college students. While Catholic in character Kairos is open to persons of all faiths.

Women’s Kairos: Thursday, March 10 – Sunday, March 13
Men’s Kairos: Thursday, March 31 – Sunday, April 3
For more information, please contact Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S. kscalf@ccsj.edu or (219) 473-4351


Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral counseling is available to assist others with any spiritual needs. This ministry provides a warm and trusting welcome to all, a "home away from home" where students, faculty and staff can find a listening ear and an understanding heart.
For more information, please contact Bro. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S., jschwieterman@ccsj.edu or (219) 473-4239


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is a process by which interested persons enter the Catholic Church or simply learn more about the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. The RCIA process will prepare one for the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and for full communion within the Catholic Church. This program occurs with a local parish.
For more information, please contact Bro. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S., jschwieterman@ccsj.edu or (219) 473-4239


Bible Study

Explore the Word of God with others seeking a deeper encounter with the living God of the Biblical texts both personally and communally.
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., Chapel.
For more information, please contact Bro. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S., jschwieterman@ccsj.edu or (219) 473-4239

Rev. Kevin M. Scalf
Rev. Kevin M. Scalf, C.PP.S.

Rev. Kevin M. Scalf, C.PP.S., is a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and is currently Special Assistant to the President at Calumet College of St. Joseph, Hammond, IN., with a focus in Mission and Ministry.
Fr. Scalf has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, OH., in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Communication Arts. He has completed a Master of Arts degree in Theology at Xavier University, Cincinnati, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Cincinnati, and a Master of Divinity degree at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.
Fr. Scalf has been a member of the faculty of Covington Catholic High School, Covington, KY., The Summit Country Day Upper School, Cincinnati, OH., and Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, IN. He was also a member of the part-time religious studies faculties at the University of Dayton and Calumet College of St. Joseph; a full-time member of the faculty and administration at St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN, and part-time faculty member at a graduate seminary in Tanzania, Africa. He has also served as parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist cluster of parishes in Whiting, IN. His areas of academic concentration are Biblical Studies and Moral Theology.
He has taught Moral Theology and Biblical Studies for many years in the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Programs and Deacon Formation Programs for the Diocese of Gary, Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, and Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. Scalf has been elected to the Priest’s Council for the Diocese of Gary and currently serves on the board of trustees at Bishop Noll Institute and Calumet College of St. Joseph.



Br. Jerry Schwieterman
Br. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S.

Br. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S., is a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and currently serves the Office of Mission and Ministry at Calumet College of St. Joseph.
Br. Jerry has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN., and a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas.
He has served as pastoral associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, East Chicago, IN., and currently serves as campus minister, instructor of religious studies, religious advisor to the president, and archivist at Calumet College of St. Joseph.
“I enjoy working with young people and helping them see their potential as responsible leaders in society one day. Also, I enjoy the challenge of helping students realize that God is a central part of their lives and the importance of integrating Christian virtues in their day to day living.”





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Mission & Ministry Resources


  • Sports & Spirituality
  • Year of Mercy
  • Resources & Important Links

Personal Spirituality

Check-List: Sports and Spirituality (for athletes)

Check-List: Sports and Spirituality (for coaches)

Perspective: Reflection Exercise




Spirituality Resources

athletics: Prayers. Poems. Quotes.

athletics: Ethics and Virtues Resources (mega site)

Inspiring Stories of Athletes (short video clips)

Faith and athletics (a blog and more)

Varsity Catholic




The Vatican: Sports & Spirituality (various resources)

The Vatican: Sports and The Church

The Vatican: Resources for Catholic Coaches

Popes and Vatican Offices: Official Pronouncements on Sports and Spirituality




Articles

Does God Have a Rooting Interest?

A Mission-Oriented Approach to the NCAA Student-Athlete Dilemma

Toward a Theology of Competition and Sport

Sports Cliches to Avoid Using

Incarnational and Redemptive: A Theology of Sport

Collegiate athletics and Spirituality

Catholics and Sports: Theological and Historical Overview

Sporting Activity: Thoughts of Cardinal Ratzinger

St. John Paul II: Messages regarding Sports and Spirituality

Sports and Spirituality in Jesuit Higher Education

Sports and Character: 5 Questions. 5 Answers.

Spirituality of Sports in Catholic Schools

The Spirit in Competition

Responsible Online Social Networking

Role of a “Spiritual Liaison”




Data & Research

athletics: Public Religion Research Institute

Organizational Factors that Contribute to the Spiritual Development of College Athletes




Sports & Spirituality: A Course Syllabus




Recommended Books

Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S., has a variety of books on the topic, "Sports and Spirituality," available for lending. Contact him for more information at kscalf@ccsj.edu

CLICK HERE for Information and Resources

The Pope’s wish is that this Year of Mercy, experienced also in the sharing of divine mercy, may be “dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us. In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of throwing open the doors of his heart and repeats that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. … In this Jubilee Year, may the Church echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love. May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in offering compassion and comfort. May the Church become the voice of every man and woman, and repeat confidently without end: ‘Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.’”
Pope Francis indicates the salient phases of the Jubilee. The opening coincides with the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Vatican II Ecumenical Council: “The Church feels a great need to keep this event alive. With the Council, the Church entered a new phase of her history. The Council Fathers strongly perceived, as a true breath of the Holy Spirit, a need to talk about God to men and women of their time in a more accessible way. The walls which too long had made the Church a kind of fortress were torn down and the time had come to proclaim the Gospel in a new way” (No. 4). The conclusion will take place “with the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 November 2016. On that day, as we seal the Holy Door, we shall be filled, above all, with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity for having granted us an extraordinary time of grace. We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future.” (no.5).

Thank you!

Ecclesiastical: Official Roman Catholic Sites

The Vatican
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Diocese of Gary
Archdiocese of Chicago




Missionaries of The Precious Blood

Generalate, Rome
Cincinnati Province
Kansas City Province




Current Catholic News

Northwest Indiana Catholic
Catholic News Service
Catholic Online
American Catholic Daily News
Vatican Insider




Daily Reflections

Sacred Space
Pray-as-you-Go
Saint of the Day
Sunday Liturgy
Liturgy of the Hours




Audio Reflections

Taize Prayer
Catholic Classes
Pray-as-You-Go




Learning to Pray

Prayer Options and Styles
Prayer and Meditation




Local Churches

St. John the Baptist
Find-a-Church (Catholic and Protestant)




Social Justice

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary
Faith Doing Justice




Bible Links

Online Bible
United States Council of Catholic Bishops
Bible Study Tools









Contact Us



Fr. Kevin M. Scalf, C.PP.S.

Special Assistant to the President for Mission and Ministry





Br. Jerry Schwieterman, C.PP.S.

Campus Minister