John Vitek, left, CEO/president of Saint Mary’s Press, leads a conversation on religious disaffiliation.

Several campus ministers from Lasallian colleges and universities around the country gathered last week on the Twin Cities Campus to talk about shared mission and how to continue reaching diverse populations of students. Representatives from Saint Mary’s University, Christian Brothers University (Memphis, Tenn.), Manhattan College (New York), and Lewis University (Romeoville, Ill.) met in an effort to strengthen and preserve their Lasallian Catholic identity, open avenues for collaboration, and understand their call to reach beyond borders. Campus ministers met with Brother Larry Schatz, Midwest District Visitor, and John Vitek, CEO/president of Saint Mary’s Press, to exchange ideas on serving both Catholic students and students of other faiths, and to understand the continuing trend of young people who are choosing to disaffiliate from formal religious structures. Participants also met with representatives from Lasallian Volunteers and Brothers Vocation to share ideas on promoting volunteer service and Lasallian vocational education and discernment.