Who are we?

The Catholic Student Association, or CSA, is the members of the Rutgers community who are Catholic or are looking to become Catholic.

The Catholic Center is the building where CSA meets frequently, but is open to any Rutgers student who needs a quiet place to study or a friendly face to talk to.

The Catholic Center staff is comprised of priests, religious and lay Catholics who are here to serve the students of Rutgers. If you want to contact us, we would love to hear from you!

The Executive Board (E-board for short) is made up of students who are elected to the positions by their peers every year.

I hear these terms and I have no idea what they mean!

St. Peter the Apostle, University and Community Parish - As of January 1, 2014, St. Peter the Apostle is a University and Community Parish, while it might seem confusing at first, all you need to know is that if you are associated with Rutgers in any way (student, faculty, staff, alumnus/alumna), you can call St. Peter's your home. If you would like more information about what this all means, this brochure was prepared for the parish in 2013.

The Diocese of Metuchen - Although our students come from many different places, this is the Diocese that you call home when you are attending Rutgers. It is comprised of four counties across Central Jersey: Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren, and is responsible for the support of the Catholic Center. Our Bishop is The Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, who was a campus minister himself at Rutgers-Newark, and cares deeply for the success of the ministry and students here at Rutgers. Fr. Jay is a Diocesan Priest, who has been assigned by Bishop Bootkoski to work in Campus Ministry.

The Brotherhood of Hope - All of the brothers on campus are members of the Brotherhood of Hope, a community of Brothers who share a charism of the All Sufficiency of Christ in their lives and have a special calling to Campus Ministry. The Brotherhood of Hope's mission continues on college campuses outside of Rutgers as well, currently they are ministering at Boston University, Florida State University and Northeastern.

Oratorians - Oratorian is the popular term used to denote members of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, founded by St. Philip in Rome in the year 1575. The priests and brothers of the Oratory embrace the spiritual path of St. Philip Neri who founded the Congregation on the four pillars of prayer, charity, humility and joy. Oratorians make a life-long commitment to a particular Oratorian community to which they are bound by the bond of mutual charity, hence the motto of the Oratory sola caritas (love alone). Currently members of the New Brunswick Oratory, including Fr. Peter, Fr. Jeff, Fr. Kevin, and Fr. Tom, are involved in parish ministry, campus ministry and in education.

Sisters of Jesus Our Hope - Sr. Lorraine's community of Sisters from Bloomsbury, NJ who follow the rule of St. Augustine and work in parishes throughout the Diocese of Metuchen. They strive for the perfection of charity through their life of consecration and fraternal communion expressed through their charism of hope. By proclaiming Jesus Christ, risen and alive, the sisters witness to hope and seek to bring hope to those in need!

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