Campus Ministry Opportunities and Events

By Peter Gleich, Campus Ministry
September 14, 2022

CDH Campus Ministry offers many opportunities for students to serve others and grow in faith.

Empty Bowls 2023

Planning has begun for our 21st  annual Empty Bowls. Thanks to the CDH students and staff, in partnership with many very generous soup, bread, silent auction, ceramic bowl and financial donors we are anticipating another wonderful show of support for the work of Heifer International.

Heifer International doesn't provide food for a day, but the resource and skill that help families and communities across the earth become self-sufficient and self-sustaining. Through livestock, seed, microloans, water wells, education, community engagement, and so much more, Heifer ensures long-term support for those in danger of hunger, starvation, and persistent food insecurity.

Our student lead Empty Bowls Leadership Team includes seniors Lauren Bullis '23, Patrick Domler '23, Norah Malloy '23, Ava Redpath '23, Mary Soltis '23, and Elisa Veglia '23, juniors Lucy Cornett '24, Annabel Fulton '24, Michael Loeffler '24, Katie O’Donnell '24, Olivia Reeder '24, and Josie Thomas '24, and sophomores Hadley Beyerlein '25, Mickey Coenen '25, MJ Dougherty '25, Mark Loeffler '25, and Grace McSherry '25.

Please add February 8, 2023 to your calendars for our 21st annual Empty Bowls!

If you have any questions regarding Empty Bowls, or might be interested in supporting the event with a donation of soup, silent auction items, or financial support, please contact Peter Gleich.

Habitat for Humanity

Students and staff will once again be out and about across St. Paul and Minneapolis supporting the work of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Our work with Habitat for Humanity is about providing not just a place to sleep, but a home, a place to put down roots, a place to gather, year after year for the events of a family life… birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, holy days, sleepovers, seasonal celebrations, all that help a family be a family!

From the Twin Cities HFHI website: "Currently, one out of four Minnesotans spends more than 30% of their income on housing, leaving less for healthy food, school supplies, and savings. Thankfully, that leaves three in four Minnesotans who can help - including you."

The Twin Cities are in an affordable housing crisis with the triple threat of rising rents, flatlining wages, and extremely low vacancy rates.

These housing challenges disproportionately impact families of color. While Minnesota has one of the highest homeownership rates in the country, it also has one of the widest racial homeownership gaps: three in four white households own homes compared to 1 in 4 black households.

Read more about Habitat for Humanity.  

All students, age 16 and older, are invited to be part of our Habitat builds. 

Our first Habitat for Humanity building day will be on Wednesday, Oct. 26. 

If you have any questions regarding our CDH Habitat for Humanity opportunities, please contact Peter Gleich at 651-696-3329 or

Wilder Foundation "Leap Forward For Children"

CDH students and staff have the opportunity to work with the 18-month to five-year-old children at the Wilder Foundation’s Child Development Center in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood.

Working under the direction and guidance of the Wilder staff, CDH students assist in helping to prepare the Child Development Center children for entry into kindergarten, as well as to learn about the families and children served. All students (grades nine - 12), are invited to participate in our Wilder “Leap Forward For Children” days.

The upcoming Leap Forward for Children service days will be on October 4, October 31, December 12, January 9, February 2, March 27 and April 17.

If you have any questions regarding our Wilder Foundation “Leap Forward For Children” service opportunity, please contact Peter Gleich.

Campus Ministry LaSallian Youth...Faith, Service, Community and Justice

Our CDH LaSallian Youth are back at it with gathering each week to build and grow in our connection to the mission of our sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Christian Brothers. The Gospel’s call to Faith, Service, Community and Justice will be our foundation and roadmap once again this year.

Students from each grade are invited to sign up for our Thursday Flextime gathering in the Campus Ministry Group Room. Together, we will plan our upcoming Masses, prayer services and service projects, including our annual Night to Fight Homelessness with other students from De LaSalle, Holy Family, Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Totino-Grace. 

If you have any questions regarding our Campus Ministry LaSallian Youth group, please contact Mark McGuire or Peter Gleich.

9th Grade Retreat

The Class of 2026 will gather on October 6 and 7 for a day of prayer, reflection, retreat, conversation and play at St. Peter’s Church in Mendota, just five weeks into the start of the school year.

The call from God to “Love and care for one another as God loves and cares for each of us” will serve as the guiding prayer, theme and focus of the days of retreat. 

With the assistance of ninth Grade Values teachers, Senior and Junior Link Crew leaders, CDH Administrators and Counseling staff, we will break open and reflect upon the  important opportunities and challenges students encounter as they walk the halls of CDH. Through small groups and large, games and discussions, meditation and prayer, students will grow and further become the CDH Class of 2026.

A special thank you to the staff and parishioners of St. Peter’s Church in Mendota who year after year allow us gather for ninth, 10th and 11th grade retreats. Your kind spirit and generous hospitality is felt and appreciated by all who enter the doors of your community.

If you have any questions regarding our 9th Grade Retreat, please contact Peter Gleich or Mark McGuire.

Eucharistic Ministry

Attention Seniors and Juniors: Campus Ministry is looking for students to serve as Eucharistic Ministers at our school liturgies. If you would like to serve our CDH community in this role, please see Mr. McGuire in Campus Ministry and watch your CDH email for more information.

Senior Women Class Retreat

The Senior Women Class Retreat is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 25 through Monday, Sept. 26. Interested Seniors can still sign up. See Ms. Tighe and check your CDH email for more information.


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