A Catholic, college-preparatory school, grades 7-12

Peer Ministry

There are many very good training programs in existence within school systems for giving interested students the opportunity to use their gifts and talents in service to their peers. Within the public school system, these programs are given titles such as “peer helping,” “peer counseling,” or “peer advisory.” Here at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, there is a dramatic change, both in focus and in title. Here at BSM, the element which we believe is most important in our growth and development as individuals is the foundation and the focus of such work. That most important element is faith. Our program is given the title of “peer ministry;” and that word “ministry” makes all the difference. Those seniors who decide to work in this program are not simply “helpers,” nor are they simply “counselors” or “advisors.” Instead, they are “peer ministers,” those who serve others in the name of Jesus; ministers whose personal faith commitment forms the foundation of their service. Peer ministers serve as positive role models and examples to all members of the BSM Community at all times – that means all the time, everywhere. Our peer ministry program has been in existence since the fall of 1982, and countless students have benefited from this program – those seniors who have served as peer ministers and those students whose lives were touched or changed through their work.

The following is what we consider to be the definition of a peer minister here at BSM:

A peer minister is one who has developed, or is committed to developing, a personal relationship with God and who, then, will devote himself/herself to development in faith and in prayer as the foundation of their ministry to others for whose welfare he/she has a deep care and concern. In other words, to minister as Jesus did.

Students apply for membership on the peer ministry team in the spring of their junior year. The process involves an application, personal references from faculty/staff, and an individual interview with the campus minister. The actual program begins in the fall of their senior year with an opening workshop conducted here at BSM. Peer ministry meetings are then held approximately every two weeks in the evenings here at BSM. Throughout the year, students receive training in a wide variety of areas such as communication, leadership, and faith development. They are given many opportunities to serve in leadership positions and to share and to witness to their individual faith, not only at the meetings, but also through their work on retreats and on a daily basis in the halls and classrooms here at BSM.


Becca Meagher
952-915-4358, ext. 2289


“Do not let anyone treat you as if you are unimportant
because you are young. Instead, be an example to the
believers with your words, your actions, your love,
your faith, and your pure life.”

-1 Timothy 4:12

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