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Franciscan Pilgrims' Progress

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Reverence for the dignity of every individual stands out as the first, and perhaps most treasured, Franciscan value. Meeting Francis and Clare as we have done—intimately and in amazing detail—has shown us how different they were from each other and from us. But we have also witnessed how much they cared for each other and for others, especially the poor and the sick, the outcast and the vulnerable. Through their eyes we see that every man and woman is made in God’s image, a wonder to behold, no matter how different from us. Marian’s commitment to serve a diverse student body has been reaffirmed as an incredibly important feature of who we are and what we stand for as a Catholic Franciscan community...read more

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Undergraduate Conference of Academic Research and Excellence in Scholarship

by Tori Kincaid | Mar 19, 2013

On Friday, March 22, at 9 a.m., Marian University students across multiple disciplines will present their research at the Undergraduate Conference of Academic Research and Excellence in Scholarship. This groundbreaking event exemplifies our mission to be a Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Undergraduate Conference of Academic Research and Excellence in Scholarship

This event is sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts and James Norton, Ph.D., dean of the School of Liberal Arts, and was organized by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty members.

“The inaugural Undergraduate Conference of Academic Research and Excellence in Scholarship will be a unique opportunity for students from diverse academic disciplines to share intriguing questions and their journeys to find answers,” said Camp. “I encourage fellow students, faculty, and administrators to be a part of these conversations as we discover that searching for ‘truth’ is not always easy but is critical to being a life-long learner and informed citizens.”

According to Norton, “Their outstanding work exemplifies our Franciscan values and exercises responsible stewardship over one of our greatest resources—human knowledge.”

A schedule for the event is available on our web site. This event is open to the public at no charge, but registration is requested

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