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Father Carl Janicki with a local child in Ecuador during a service trip

Peer Ministry and Leadership

Campus Ministry relies on student involvement and leadership in order to facilitate its various programs in faith, justice, and service.

Student leaders are trained each year, learning skills that prove valuable beyond their work in Campus Ministry.


Programming Leaders

Campus Ministry depends on the excitement of student leaders to bring their passion and experience to all of its programs.

All of our retreats and the Project Appalachia immersion experience are coordinated and led by past participants.

Students are invited to bring their own ideas and talents to all of our programs. We welcome suggestions and ideas from Cabrini students to bring their faith into action.

Each year, Campus Ministry invites students to apply for existing leadership positions or to suggest new programming and leadership positions.


Peer Ministers

Peer Ministers at Cabrini hold the highest level of responsibility out of all leadership positions within the Campus Ministry Office.

Peer Ministers are expected to act as overall programming leaders and coordinators for the office of Campus Ministry in relation to faith, advocacy, and outreach programming.

The Peer Minister’s main goal is to foster programming in light of the Cabrini Mission and core values. This paid position calls for Peer Ministers to act as leaders in campus liturgical life and retreat leaders or resource managers.

Peer Ministers are responsible for coordinating student faith sharing experiences, teaching peer immersion travelers about relevant issues of social justice, and assisting in development and coordination of Campus Ministry programming.

  • Students interested in applying for one of these positions should email Fr. Carl Janciki, fr.carl.j@cabrini.edu.

Diego Ramirez

Diego is a senior International Business major and Philosophy minor who is originally from the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia. Diego is a commuter student and this is his first year as a Peer Minister.  He is also one of the leaders of our spring Search Retreat. 

Diego is a first generation college student. Both of his parents are hard workers originally from Guatemala who immigrated to the United States at young ages and have lived in Philadelphia since then.  Diego gets much of his drive from his parents who he greatly respects for the life that they have given him. At Cabrini, Diego is involved with CRS, the Chess Club, and was a member of the Cabrini Men’s soccer team for 3 years. 

In addition, Diego has been involved with mentoring in the Norristown Area School District. As a mentor, Diego worked with the district’s at-risk Latino population, serving as a translator and tutor for middle school and high school students. This opportunity allowed Diego to analyze the hardships faced by many Latino families and work for justice among those individuals to better their experience in the classroom.

Diego has been involved with Campus Ministry since his junior year through PB&J Nights and as a participant on our spring Search Retreat.  He decided to become a Peer Minister because he wanted the opportunity to grow spiritually and share in faith with others.  He looks forward to meeting and leading students who may be new to Campus Ministry, and hopes to help get more students involved!


Kimberly Pepenella

Kimberly is a senior double major in political science and business, with a finance minor and a writing certificate. Pepenella is originally from Barnegat, New Jersey, where she lived with her parents, older sister, and beloved cat, Venice. Kimberly currently works at Bryn Mawr Trust and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Kimberly recently moved to Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania with her older sister, Jessica, a Cabrini class of 2016 graduate, and her fish, FOTUS. 

Kimberly finds that enrolling in Cabrini was one of the greatest decisions she has ever made. Starting her Cavalier journey in her first year, Kimberly got involved with the campus community by joining the tennis team and many other organizations. Since joining the tennis team, Kimberly has been awarded the CSAC All Sportsmanship Award, and the team as a whole received the highest GPA average in the conference.

During the spring semester of her first year, she started a Rotaract chapter and became the founding president. Cabrini’s Rotaract chapter received the Presidential Citation for two consecutive years, which is a great honor.

Kimberly started getting involved with Campus Ministry by going to their Search Retreat and volunteering for PB & J Night. Sophomore year, Kimberly became an Orientation Leader to welcome the new students into the loving Cabrini community. She also became a Search Retreat Leader, which allowed her to meet and connect with many students on a spiritual level.

Kimberly had the opportunity to study abroad in the Czech Republic and Austria, which was an experience she will never forget. Kimberly received the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Medal Award, which focused on volunteer services in and outside of the Cabrini community within the past two years. Kimberly has continued her involvement in tennis, New Student Orientation, and Rotaract Club.


Sarah Ash

Sarah is a senior Exercise Science and Health Promotion major on the Health and Wellness Management track. In addition to this major, Sarah also has a Psychology minor. She lives in Oaklyn, New Jersey with her grandfather, mother, sister, and dog, Max. Sarah transferred to Cabrini University as a sophomore, after attending her local community college for one year.

Sarah first got involved in Campus Ministry by attending the Search Retreat. She both attended and led retreats in high school, and when she saw an ad for Search, she knew she had to get involved. After attending Search XXIII, she was a Group Leader for Search XXIV, and she will be a team leader for Spring Search XXVI. Sarah participated in the New Orleans Service Immersion trip in the Spring of 2017. She found the experience of service to be truly life changing, and she made great bonds with all of her fellow participants. Sarah believes that she found her place here at Cabrini University through Campus Ministry.

Outside of Cabrini, Sarah is heavily involved in multiple service programs. She is involved in a children's bereavement camp called Comfort Zone Camp. At the camp, she works one on one with children who have experienced the death of a parent or a sibling. She is also an advocate for mental health awareness, and she volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This past summer, Sarah spent time volunteering for a children's special needs camp called The Barn at Springfield Farm. She absolutely loved the experience, and it connected with her involvement with Cabrini Friends for Exceptional Students on campus. 

Sarah is very excited about this new opportunity to be a Peer Minister this school year. She hopes to create the same community for students that she has felt she has become a part of in Campus Ministry.


Mignon Toppino

Mignon is a sophomore Religious Studies major with a Social Justice minor. She comes from a big close-knit southern family from Metairie, Louisiana. Mignon is the youngest of her four siblings. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Mignon’s favorite food from back home are red beans and rice and shrimp Po’Boys. Mignon’s favorite thing to do is travel and serve others. This past summer, Mignon had the chance to go to Haiti with Professor Vonya Womack. During her time in Haiti, she worked with Poured Out, a nonprofit organization focused on bringing sustainable water to communities. Mignon got the chance a few years ago to do service work in Nicaragua helping bring safe clean water to communities in need.

This is Mignon’s first year as a Peer Minister in the office of Campus Ministry, and she is also one of the leaders of our spring Search Retreat. Last year, Mignon participated in Campus Ministry through community nights, PB & J night, the Adventure Retreat, and the Search Retreat. Besides Campus Ministry, Mignon has been involved at Cabrini through the Career and Exploration LLC.

She decided to become a Peer Minister because she loves the community in Campus Ministry and wants to get involved in leadership on campus. Mignon is excited to be a part of the Campus Ministry team.  


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