DePaul University is the nation's largest Catholic institution of higher education and is the ninth largest private, not-for-profit university in the nation. Of the 10 largest private universities, all except DePaul are classified as "research extensive" universities, making DePaul the nation's largest university with a primary mission of teaching and service. Named for St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), the university derives its title and fundamental mission from Saint Vincent de Paul, the founder of the Congregation of the Mission, a religious community whose members, Vincentians, established and continue to sponsor DePaul. The “Vincentian” mission calls for all people to compassionately respond to the needs of the poor and disenfranchised, recognizing the dignity of all people and approaching ministry through prayer and spiritual direction.
DePaul’s total enrollment of 25,398 (2011-2012) represents a diverse student body in terms of ethnicity, geography and other demographics. A total of 53% are women. Two-thirds are students of color. Students under 24 years of age account for 54% of enrollment. DePaul’s students come from all 50 states and 101 countries. The majority of DePaul’s students come from the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs with a large percentage of full-time freshmen representing the first in their families to attend college. DePaul has been ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best in the “Diverse Student Population” category.
There are over 16,300 undergraduates at DePaul University, which has campuses in the Loop, Lincoln Park and suburban areas of Chicago. According to 2010-11 enrollment figures, nearly 3700 students self-identify as non-Catholic Christians. The largest group self-identifies as Lutheran (18%) with nearly the same amount of students identifying as Orthodox Christians (16%). The remaining non-Catholic Christians who self-identify come from at least ten different Christian groups or denominations. All of the non-Catholic Christian students make up into three Christian groups:
Mainline Protestants (60%), Orthodox Christians (16%) and Non-Denominational Christians (24%).
The seminary intern will work primarily with ministries engaging mainline and non-denominational Christians on the Lincoln Park campus as these young adults interact ecumenically and within the diverse and growing inter-religious ministries within the DePaul University Ministry office. DePaul holds classes quarterly so the seminary intern would be with students during the fall and winter quarters and for the majority of the spring quarter.
This position will provide the seminary intern with exposure to a variety of ministry styles and programs within an ecumenical context and in relation to inter-religious cooperation.
Opportunities include: Outreach to mainline protestant students; preaching and teaching within diverse university ministry settings; ecumenical and inter-religious program development and support; retreat planning, leadership and participation; community service and/or mission trip planning and participation.
Quarter One (Fall) ministry will include participation and assistance with Welcome Weekend and Family Weekend worship and activities, outreach (primarily to Freshmen), leadership retreat, SEARCH retreat, Bible study teaching, worship planning and preaching at least twice at DCM weekly worship events as well as participation in other University Ministry events and programs. This quarter will focus on mainline Christian outreach and ministry.
Quarter Two (Winter) will include participation and assistance with Conscious Conversations (study and conversation group), preaching, Bible study leadership assistance, winter retreat, outreach, planning and implementing community service opportunities and increased participation in inter-religious and ecumenical activities and leadership development. This quarter will focus on non-denominational, African American, Pentecostal outreach and ministry.
Quarter Three (Spring) will focus on inter-religious connections, programs and understanding while continuing to provide ministry leadership in activities carried over from the fall and winter quarters.
From Hyde Park Car: Lake Shore Drive north to Fullerton. Take Fullerton west to Sheffield. Go 1 block south to Belden. University Ministry is on third floor of Student Center (2250 N. Sheffield) on the southwest corner of Belden and Sheffield. Public Transportation: There are Fullerton stops on the red line, brown line, and purple line. Exit the station and turn left on Fullerton, make an immediate left on Sheffield at the Dominic’s and proceed 1 block to the Student Center.
The intern will meet regularly with one of the Protestant Chaplains (Rev. Diane Dardón, Rev. Keith Baltimore) for planning, reflection, prayer, and discernment. The style of supervision will be intentionally empowering and respectful, and will embrace mutual learning. The intern and the supervisors will be partners in ministry.