An Overview Of The Years


Yearly activities

Most of a Hintemeyer’s time outside of study and prayer will be spent in pursuit of the projects, events, or roles that he or she has decided to undertake in fulfillment of his or her calling as a campus and community leader. Each student’s “leadership profile” will differ from others, and should be crafted with the individual’s passions and gifts foremost in mind; one of the primary purposes of the program is to help a student discover these interests and talents and the means by which these can be placed in the service of God and the community. In addition to this individualized leadership activity, Hintemeyers will participate in a variety of other activities as a group or individually, such as the following:

  • Once-a-week liturgy of the hours with the monks
  • Hintemeyer adoration hours (1 per week)
  • Occasional day retreats  (organized by program director)
  • Spiritual direction is strongly encouraged by not required
  • Full-group meetings on a variety of topics, including church teaching, challenges to Catholic faith, the daily practice of the faith, great examples of leadership, current events, Hintemeyer event planning, etc.
  • Full-group service activities, organized by program director in coordination with Hintemeyer students
  • Group social events
  • As campus leaders, Hintemeyers should consider themselves on call to serve at campus events when needed, subject of course to the students’ academic schedules

Past Projects

Many Hintemeyers serve the campus in various demanding leadership capacities such as Resident Assistants, officers in clubs and organizations such as Crusaders for Life, Abbey Ambassadors, and many others. Most Hintemeyers, whether in these formal roles or independently, are encouraged to initiate original programming or maintain ongoing Hintemeyer-initiated programs or projects. Examples of projects or programs begun or led by Hintemeyers:

  •  Organization and execution of the entire Middle School Track of the Charlotte Diocese’s annual Eucharistic Congress
  •  United by Praise, a once-per-semester evening of Praise and Worship, Adoration, reflection, and confession
  • Abbey Volunteers, the student service club on campus, which organizes many different service events throughout the year with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Open Arms Ministries
  • Special Olympics coaching and organization of an annual Special Olympian/Abbey athlete soccer tournament
  • Initiation and management of a local chapter of Fidelis, a program run by college-age Catholic women to help middle- and high-school age girls in local parishes to grow in their Catholic faith and become strong community mentors
  • Organization and direction of the annual Bishop’s Abbey Youth Pilgrimage, an event bringing approximately 1000 middle- and high-school age students from around the diocese to Belmont Abbey for a day of inspiring talks, great music, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Initiation of a Campus Ministry Leadership Team bringing together student leaders all ministry-related programs and clubs on campus to share ideas, support, and prayer
  •  founding of many other clubs and organizations such as Xcel Fitness Club and an Art Club, and organization of many different campus- and community-based service projects