Origins of the Catholic Campus Ministry


Fr. Albert Felice-Pace O.P. expounds the rich and colorful background of the Catholic Campus Ministry. A thoughtful and enlightening reference that paints the pivotal picture of a multi-dimensional, dynamic campus ministry history where resiliency, collaboration, and faith rules.

These astounding historical events narrates a significant impact of campus ministry and the brave women and men especially during World War II who brought Catholicism to the masses while empowering social justice across diverse faiths and backgrounds.

The Newman Center and those who serve within it vested our Catholic faith, inspired pragmatic action and responsible leadership, and create a renewal of humanity and God’s love in our world.

Read the book and discover the origins, its humble beginnings, and how it eventually flourished until to this day. This book is a must-have for those searching for a comprehensive, background reference, and other facets of the Catholic faith. Own a copy today!

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An Abridged History of Catholic Campus Ministry

Author: Fr. Albert Felice-Pace, O.P.

Publisher: Your Online Publicist

Publication Date: July 2021

Genre: Religion, Education, History

Target Audience: Bishops, Catholic Campus Ministers, Priests, Religious, Laity, Catholic Church historians, young adults, anyone interested in Church ministry.

About the Author

Fr. Albert Felice-Pace O.P. was born on the Island of Malta, the 3rd of seven children. A year after finishing high school, he entered the Dominican Order and was ordained a priest on April 2, 1960. In November 1961 he left Malta to come to the United States on the invitation of the Provincial of the Western Dominican Province. After one year at the Dominican parish in Berkeley, CA, he was transferred to the Dominican parish in Los Angeles (Eagle Rock) as Associate Pastor and part-time Newman Chaplain for Occidental College. It was there he began his Catholic campus ministry journey.

After seven years in Los Angeles, Fr. Albert was appointed Student Master for the Dominican students in Oakland, CA for two years and then transferred to the Newman Center serving the University of California, Riverside. He was then appointed by Bishop Straling as the Director of Adult Faith Formation and of the Charismatic Renewal after four years in campus ministry. Fr. Albert then went on to serve as the Pastor of the Newman Center serving Arizona State University in Tempe, the University of Oregon in Eugene, the University of Arizona in Tucson, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas over 49 years before finally retiring.

Besides ministering in various campuses Fr. Albert was involved in local, regional, and national activities of campus ministers. He served as the President of the Pacific Northwest Catholic Campus Ministers Association as well as being a member of the National Executive Board of Catholic Campus Ministry, the National Executive Board for Diocesan Campus Ministry, and on various CCMA committees. Fr. Albert chaired the National Convention for Campus Ministers and led Frank J. Lewis Institute for three years at the University of San Francisco. He was also awarded the Reverend Charles Forsyth Award in recognition for his leadership in campus ministry nationally, regionally, and locally.

Fr. Albert was extremely active in Campus Ministry over the last 61 years of his priesthood and loves his ministry to university students very much. He now enjoys his retirement days rooting on his favorite sports teams – the 49ers, the San Francisco Giants, and the Warriors.

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