Campus Ministry - The nuts and bolts of BCE schools


Our Lady’s College Campus Minister with former Our Lady’s refugee student. 

“Educating the mind and heart is a priority at Brisbane Catholic Education” – Executive Director Dr Sally Towns. 

As our world continues to change and evolve, Campus Ministry has become an increasingly important role within Catholic education, meeting young people where they are, accompanying them on the journey as they navigate their way through high school and helping students transition from school to the real world. 

BCE is committed to having a Campus Minister in every secondary and Prep to 12 school. 

Dr Towns said Campus Ministers are a vital part of BCE and are important in developing young leaders. 

“Campus Ministry shapes students, creating environments where students are supported to reach their full potential,” she said.  

“They also create a movement of grace, empowering students to live transformed lives.”  

In our modern world, the Executive Director says preparing students for life after school is more important than ever.  

“This Ministry increasingly goes far beyond the school gates,” she said.  

“We are so proud that our own BCE Campus Minister Kay Holmes recently won the Spirit of Catholic Education 2022 award for her contribution to Our Lady’s College school community, going above and beyond her everyday duties. 

“When Kay saw a Vietnamese refugee student needing a home – she opened her door.  

“When she saw primary aged students in need of tutoring and mentoring - she ran a homework club.  

“For lonely older people at a nursing home - she organised digital messages of hope from Our Lady’s College students.  

“It is the work of Campus Ministers like Kay who create communities where people, belong and become who they are called to be. 

“This is precisely why Campus Ministry is essential. Our Ministers act as a web of support within their school communities and provide a safe space where every student and staff member is seen with inherent dignity and value.” 

Campus Minister Kay Holmes said she felt called to the role of Campus Minister. 

“To be singled out for the Spirit of Catholic Education 2022 award is very humbling. 

 “I feel unworthy in some ways, as I see so much good going on, and I know it’s not just me; it takes a village. We all work together to create the spirit within BCE schools.” ​

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