Volunteer and Service Opportunities
Liturgical and Music Ministry
- For more information about the ministry opportunities at the Didde Catholic Campus Center, please refer to the Ministry webpage.
Student Advisory Council
- Also known as StuCo, the student advisory Council meets bi-weekly on Sunday evenings in order to discuss and plan a majority of the events happening at Didde. They are also involved in making policy decisions regarding the Center. Although the meetings are ran by a group of executive officers, everyone is invited to attend and voice their opinion. Attending meetings is a great way to get involved at Didde and to be informed of everything happening at the Center. Check out the Didde STUCO webpage here!
Spring Break Alternative
- Every year a group of students from Didde take a trip known as "Spring Break Alternative." This is an opportunity for students to go serve and give back to the community during their week vacation from school. In the past, students have worked with the "Habitat for Humanity" program and traveled to Corpus Christi, TX, Dade City, FL, and Mobile, Alabama. If interested in attending SBA, listen to the announcements at Mass/check the Bulletin for more information. Planning for this event usually begins toward the end of the Fall semester.
Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen
- On the 2nd Monday of each month, the Center works at the Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen. This is an great opportunity to serve others who are less fortunate. Volunteers are always needed to help with this event. The Food Kitchen is located at the Heritage Center at 1028 Whittier. Interested volunteers are asked to sign-up in the gathering space at the DCCC.
- Community Handicapped Religious Instruction by Student Mentors, otherwise known as CHRISM, provides an opportunity for students to interact with people in the community. On the 3rd Thursday of every month, students and CHRISM participants attend Mass at the Didde Catholic Campus Center at 5:30 P.M. Afterwards, students assist partipants in a craft activity related to the Gospel that day as well as eat dinner together. If you have been looking for a way to reach out and get involved in the community and to make a difference in someone else's lives, please take time to volunteer at the next CHRISM. Interested volunteers are asked to sign-up in the gathering space at the DCCC.
- During Advent, we set up a Jesse tree in the Gathering Space for donations of hats, scarves, gloves and mittens. You can also "adopt" a foster child for Christmas. Adopting entails purchasing gifts for a child that he or she is wanting for Christmas. These donations go to area organizations such as the Catholic Community Services and the Salvation.
- The Didde Catholic Campus Center is committed to giving back to our community. Each winter, we conduct a food drive for area organizations to help feed the hungry of Emporia. We help share our wealth by reaching out to financially assist families by adopting them during the Advent days of sacrifice and change. If we want peace and equality, we must work for justice.
Volunteer Work Day
- Every Spring, the students at the Didde Center dedicate one full day (typically a Saturday) to assist any community members who need help with yardwork, household chores, and any other task they need help in doing. This day is especially scheduled for any elderly persons who are in need of assistance. Student volunteers are assigned specific duties for the day, and are also fed lunch at the Center.
- Spiritual Direction gives students (along with any others who are interested) a chance to meet with a Spiritual Director to reflect on life as it is being lived, to recognize God's action and remember God's love, and to discern the next phase of their life journey. Directors are sisters and priests from outside of Emporia who have been trained to help others to grow in their relationship with God. Spiritual Direction is held the first Tuesday of every month.
- Those interested in attending Spirtual Direction are asked to sign-up in the gathering space at the DCCC. The times are available in hour increments.
- If you are interested in participating in a daily morning or evening prayer group (including the Liturgy of the Hours and/or Rosary), please contact the Didde Office.
- Eucharistic devotion is time spent in private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, exposed for adoration outside the celebration of the Mass. Adoration is available every Wednesday during the school year from 6:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M. If you are interested in adding Adoration to your weekly schedule, please sign-up for a designated time in the gathering space at the Center. Time slots are in 30-minute increments. Even if you are not registered for a time, please feel free to stop by and spend time with Jesus in Adoration.
Stations of the Cross
- During the Lenten season, Stations of the Cross is held on Thursday evenings. It provides the prayful opportunity for you to follow Jesus and His way to the Cross. Please check the Bulletin for more information.
- Twice a year, during the Lent and Advent season, Didde holds a penance service for everyone to attend. Please check the Bulletin for more information as the seasons draw closer.
- Metanoia is a term meaning "a change of heart." Developed by current ESU students, Metanoia is a women's faith-sharing group for ESU students. Metanoia is held every Monday night at 8:00 P.M. This is a great way to openly share your heart and faith with other Catholics. For more information, please contact the Didde office.
Busy Bee Retreat
- This is a retreat that can fit into anyone's schedule. Usually on a retreat you pack your bags and go away, but the Busy Bee retreat is designed to fit around your schedule. We simply ask that you give one hour a day to reflect on the retreat. You will be assigned a retreat director on Sunday evening. We then ask you to spend thirty minutes a day that week with your retreat director and then thirty minutes in personal prayer. That can be an hour in consecutive time or you can spend thirty minutes in the morning with your retreat director and then thirty minutes in the evening in prayer however it works into your schedule. This annual "retreat" is held in the spring semester. Please sign up in the gathering space in the Spring semester if interested in attending.
Hornet Awakening Retreat
- This annual retreat is held every fall at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg, KS. Created and led by former ESU students and passed on through the years, this weekend retreat helps you to create new friendships with fellow ESU students and develop a greater insight into your own Catholic faith. If interested, please listen to the announcements during Mass and sign-up in the gathering space. Don't miss out on this great opportunity.
- ESU student organizations gain community service hours by volunteering to cook dinner at the Didde Center for all who are interested. "Dollar Dinners" take place on various evenings after the 7:00 P.M. Sunday Mass and on Thursday at 6:30 PM. The meals are delicious and only cost $1.00. Please check the bulletin and listen to the announcements for upcoming "Dollar Dinner" dates. If your RSO is interested in serving a meal, please contact the Didde Center.
Finals Flapjack Feed
- At the end of each semester, all students are invited to take a break from studying to enjoy a pancake dinner on the Sunday of Finals week. Watch the Bulletin as the semester comes to a close for reminders about this fun event.
- The Didde Center has an annual fish fry every Lenten season. It is held in the social hall the first Friday of Lent. Volunteers, servers, cooks, and donations are needed for this event. Please check the Bulletin for more information during the beginning of the Lenten season.
- The Kansas Catholic College Student Convention provides students with an opportunity to meet other Catholic students from across the state in a weekend of sharing and learning. A different Catholic Campus Center hosts this event every February. The convention lasts the entire weekend and is held in a different location in Kansas every year, depending on the Campus host.
- Do you enjoy playing sports? Throughout the year, various intramural sports activities are organized through the Emporia Student Rec Center. Sports offered that the Didde Center has participated in the past include volleyball, basketball, softball, and dodgeball. If you are interested in playing on a Didde Intramural sports team, please contact Heather Hauskins.