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Campus Ministry assists in fulfilling the mission of Nouvel Catholic Central High School by coordinating students' spritual growth outside of the classroom setting.

Faith Life

  • School begins with daily prayer.
  • Weekly Mass is celebrated each Wednesday for staff, students and parents.
  • The sacrament of reconciliation is highly valued at NCC. Diocesan priests offer the sacrament to students several times throughout the school year.
  • Students offer Adoration during the Easter Season.
  • Well-known speakers from around the world provide testimony and witness to the Catholic faith.
  • A Spirit Cross was commissioned and blessed by the Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, to promote student involvement.
  • In May, Nouvel students honor the Blessed Mother with a crowning in the courtyard.
  • Students celebrate the legacy of Catholic education in Saginaw and the United States through a variety of activities planned during Catholic Schools Week.
  • Students have an option to travel to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Faith Leadership

  • The Campus Minister works with the Director of Catholic Identity to promote Catholic identity and bring service and social justice issues to the forefront.
  • Students help plan and participate in school Masses and retreats.
  • Membership in the Teens for Life organization is available for all students.
  • The Father Henri Nouvel, Bishop Francis F. Reh and Mother Teresa awards are given to the senior students who have shown exceptional leadership in promoting Catholic identity.

Faith in Service

NCCHS students are offered a rich service experience that empowers them to live out their Catholic faith as disciples of Jesus by loving God and neighbor.

  • Students must complete of minimum of 100 service hours before graduation. Every year Nouvel students contribute approximately 10,000 hours of community service. Student cumulative service hours may be viewed in the Guidance or SACS offices.
  • The Campus Minister provides information on many service opportunities for students.
  • Mission trips may be part of each student’s four-year experience.
  • Students are given the opportunity to organize school-wide service projects: Hoops for the Homeless, Toys for Tots, Adopt-A-Family, food and clothing drives.

A Faithful Environment

Campus ministry works hard to keep Christ at the center of all that is done at Nouvel Catholic Central. To enter NCC hallways is to embrace a shared Catholic identity—the chapel, showcase exhibits or the statue of the Blessed Mother in the courtyard. In addition, the following quote hangs in every classroom:

“Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the reason for this school. He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes. He is the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students.”

—Author Unknown

Faith Retreats

As part of the NCC curriculum, students are offered a spiritual retreat each year.

  • Freshman Retreat
  • Sophomore Retreat
  • Junior Retreat
  • Senior Retreat

Faith in Pastoral Presence

A chaplain, Father Steve Gavit, is available year-round for student needs. The Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrates Mass with students several times a year and is a frequent visitor.

Father Steve Gavit, Chaplain

Ms. Bridget Jacqmain, Campus Minister
(989) 399-2228

St. Paul Oratory

stpauloratoryAs part of a renewed effort to strengthen Catholic identity, one classroom inside Nouvel Catholic Central High School underwent a major renovation prior to the start of the 2010-11 school year. The room was transformed into a chapel for students, faculty and staff so they might have the opportunity to spend quiet time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament during the school day. Weekly Masses for the school community will be celebrated during the school year.

“It is my sincere hope that students, faculty and staff will frequently visit St. Paul Oratory, and that they may find that the presence of the Blessed Sacrament enlivens the Catholic identity and mission of Nouvel Catholic Central High School,” said the Most Rev.

Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, in a letter to Nouvel Principal Irene Hensinger and Sister Yvonne Mary Loucks RSM, Director of Catholic Identity and Mission for Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Saginaw.

Bishop Cistone dedicated the private chapel and celebrated Mass on September 13, 2010, the 50th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated at the school, which first opened its doors as St. Paul Seminary in 1960.

The seminary ceased operation in 1970 and the building became the new site of Ss. Peter & Paul High School. In 1984, following the merger of three Saginaw-area Catholic high schools, the name was changed to Nouvel, which remains today.

Nouvel Catholic Central was named in honor of Father Henri Nouvel, a Jesuit missionary credited with celebrating the first Mass in the interior of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula at the Saginaw River Valley on December 3, 1675. A monument stands today on Saginaw’s Ojibway Island to commemorate that event.

Catholicism is a deep matter; you cannot take it up in a tea-cup.

– Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman