CLEVELAND: The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is trying to revitalize its ministry on college campuses.

Bishop Nelson J. Perez has appointed the Rev. Vincent Hawk as the diocesan director of the Newman Campus Catholic Ministry effective July 1 and he will oversee the pastoral administration in the eight-county diocese.

The ministry provides an on-campus place for Catholic worship, retreats, sacraments and fellowship for students, faculty, alumni and staff.

“Many students bring with them such a positive faith experience as they seek to further deepen their encounter with the Lord through campus ministry,” Hawk said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to engaging with them as co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, helping to bring them and others closer to Christ.”

The Newman Campus Catholic Ministry is in place at seven college campuses:: University of Akron, College of Wooster, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Oberlin College, Ashland University and Cleveland State University.

The expansion of the ministry to other college campuses is being considered. The diocese expects to hire workers for the effort.

“Newman Campus Catholic Ministry is an essential part of the mission of the local church providing worship, faith formation, outreach and fellowship opportunities to students on our college campuses,” Perez said in a prepared statement. “This renewed emphasis on campus ministry will strengthen efforts to bring the message of the Gospel to college campuses, engaging young people to deepen their faith and participation in the life of the church.”

The Diocese of Cleveland is the 23rd-largest diocese in the U.S., overseeing 677,000 Catholics in Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Medina, Wayne and Ashland counties.