Campus Ministry Immersion (CMI)

CMI is a special five-day introduction to Canisius, Campus Ministry, Buffalo and the spirit of our Jesuit, Catholic University.  It is open to ALL new Canisius College students including the first year students in the class of 2023 and all transfer students.

To register:

DATES:  Saturday, August 17 - Thursday morning, August 22, 2019.

Campus Ministry Immersion is a chance for select new Canisius Students to start college five days early and receive a special orientation to the activities and spirit of Canisius. The week is focused on the Cornerstone Values of the Canisius Community.  These include:

Community:  We acclimate students to their new community of friends and collaegues and make introductions to a variety of friendly Campus professors, other undergraduate and graduate students and a variety of helpful staff members.  By week's end, you'll know a great variety of friendly faces in advance of the start of New Student Orientation.  This is a great opportunity for the incoming class to meet their classmates and experience our campus community.

Simplicity:  We take value in simple living as a college.  We place less emphasis on material goods and focus more on what are the essentials of life.  We eat simply, live simply and are joyful for who we are and not merely what we have.  One day's focus awakens participants to focus on simple pleasures and to gain insight on their base needs and desires.  We introudce the Ignatian Examen, a method of prayer and reflection that marks our consolations and desolations (AKA, lights and shadows) in life and helps us focus on what truly brings us joy.

Social Justice:  Charitible giving is a fine thing, but discovering the root causes of injustice is at the heart of a Jesuit education.  We perform acts of service on this day while exploring the needs of the communities we visit, putting people and their dignity at the forefront of the learning experience of the day.  

Spirituality:  Morning prayer and Evening Reflection mark every day of CMI.  We culminate the CMI experience with a one day retreat on Lake Erie at Camp Pioneer concluding with a closing Prayer Service. on the Beach


Campus Ministry supports the religious, spiritual, and service aspects of the college. The office organizes domestic and international service-immersion experiences, local service activities, religious services, spiritual retreats, peace and justice activities, and other great things.  The students also get acclimated to Buffalo including the surrounding neighborhood.  They visit a variety of area in Buffalo including: Canalside, Elmwood Village and Niagara Falls.  Lastly, students are able to develop a close relationship with a cohort of their classmates early.

Resident students will move in during the first day. Commuters will learn their new commute to school. The program precedes New Student Orientation and ends with breakfast on the morning Orientation begins. Freshmen then immediately transition into New Student Orientation. All meals and program transportation will be provided. Participants are expected to abide by the Canisius Community Standards and be present for all activities.

A $100 fee will be required of participants to cover the cost of food and transportation. The fee is due upon acceptance to the program. Scholarships are available.  

Applications for the 2019 CMI experience can be found here:

Students participating the ULLC program or Bio Bootcamp are not eligible because of conflicting schedules.

Questions? Contact Mike Hayes at 716-888-2487 or Kaitlyn Buhelmann at 716 888 2422