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“All Are Welcome”: How a campus minister carved out a home away from home

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Evan Ulmer
Campus Minister Bill Creach gives a speech at the Spanish Heritage month Mass on Sept. 15. In addition to his role with Campus Ministry, Creach pitches in with the monthly all-school Mass.

Inspirational quotes and colorful drawings line the walls and cabinets of the Campus Ministry office. Notes, numbers and spreadsheets regarding retreats and service projects are tacked onto whiteboards.

Students who have taken the long way back from class munch on CMT’s famous PB&J’s and mill about the center table. There is an element of chaos to the whole environment, but for eight years, Bill Creach has sat in the eye of the hurricane, presiding over the office as Campus Minister.

Creach is a man who can seemingly be everywhere at once. He scurries around the hallways, plugging holes no matter how big or small. Despite his loaded schedule, he finds time for everyone who needs a moment with him throughout the day.

“Whatever stuff I have to do is not more important than the person who’s in front of me,” Creach said. “Whether that’s a silly conversation or a serious conversation, if I’m helping someone find the gym or I’m helping someone print a paper, if I’m helping someone who just came back from the nurse or guidance office and they need a few more minutes before class–however I can help.”

Creach attended Miege, graduating as a member of the class of 1983. The long-time campus minister recognizes the value of working in the building that was a cornerstone of his upbringing.

“This place has impacted me for many years,” Creach said. “I was brought up by great teachers and mentors, and I got to work with all those people when I came back to teach here. I think it
instilled in me the values and the priorities of what Miege is all about.”

Over the years, Creach has grown relationships with hundreds of Miege students. Through the Kairos retreat that occurs four to five times a year, herd competitions, all-school Masses and more, Creach is constantly helping students through their high school journey.

“I was brought up by great teachers and mentors, and I got to work with all those people when I came back to teach here. I think it instilled in me the values and the priorities of what Miege is all about.”

— Billl Creach

“My job is to meet people where they are, and just to walk with them,” Creach said. “Maybe I helped them open a gym locker as a freshman, and they’re a TA (Teacher’s Assistant) for me as a senior. I have no idea where that journey is going to go. I’ve just learned to be open and not judgmental.”

Creach’s role with the school is constantly evolving. No two days are the same, and different situations require different services from him. But no matter what the day has in store for him, Creach relies on his Miege-instilled values. They haven’t failed him yet.

“On the door as in here there’s a sign that just says ‘All Are Welcome,’” Creach said. “I want this to be a place where anybody can come in, whether they’re a devout Catholic, not Catholic or not sure they believe in God. This is a safe place for anybody.”

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