A Campus Minister is a VIP at a Catholic educational institution. He or she helps develop and facilitate the Catholic identity of the school, a challenging and rewarding responsibility. In August, Barb Caruso will assume the position of Campus Minister at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Lisle.
As Campus Minister, Caruso will have a variety of responsibilities. "I'll teach religion classes in the junior high, connect the students at SJA who are preparing to receive the Sacraments with the students in the parish Faith Formation program, and help to identify and meet the spiritual needs of the students, faculty, and staff at SJA," she explained. "Perhaps the most exciting and challenging part of the position will be to continue to create, implement, and cultivate a Catholic culture in the school."
Caruso grew up in the western Chicago suburbs, went to high school in South Florida, and then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. "I have a bachelor's degree in Theology and a master's degree in Professional Counseling, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor," she added. "I have twenty years of teaching experience, and have spent the last fifteen years teaching Theology at a Catholic High School." Caruso has been married for twenty-eight years to Dr. Anthony Caruso, and they have six children.
Caruso plans to build on the great things that are already happening at St. Joan of Arc, and is excited to be a part of its continued success. "Everyone I've met has been so nice, so welcoming, and so helpful," she added. "I really anticipate enjoying going to work each day!"
Caruso will be in a classroom full-time, so the best way to reach her with questions or good wishes is by email. Beginning in August, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about SJA's new Campus Minister, please contact:
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and Church
Pre-K through 8th grade
820 Division Street, Lisle, IL