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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.

Knights Win Second Straight National BMX Title, 25th National Championship

by Michael Kubancsek | Apr 16, 2014

The Marian University Cycling Team raced to its 25th national championship and second consecutive BMX national title in DeSoto, Texas on Friday, April 4.

Sophomore Justin Posey defended his 2013 individual national title and freshman Felicia Stancil also raced to an individual championship to lead the Knights’ charge towards the championship.

The collegiate event took place at the USA BMX Super Nationals with more than ten schools present and vying for podium places. After three motos for seeding, all four women and five men racing for the Knights qualified for the semifinals.

"We knew we had quality across the board, but you never know what's going to happen at a national championship,” said Head Cycling Coach Dean Peterson. “I'm proud of how the riders handled everything, from preparation to racing.”

In addition to Stancil and Posey’s championships, freshman Kristen Bob earned a second place in the women’s main, with sophomore Shay Glynn taking fifth and senior Crystal Kalogris coming in sixth. In the men’s main, junior Bryce Hocking raced to fourth and freshman Tyler Whitfield to seventh.

Following BMX, the fourth of five national championships in the collegiate season, Marian Cycling is well-poised to defend their Division I Omnium Title from the 2012-2013 season. The Knights sit in first place in the overall competition with 389 points to second-place Fort Lewis College’s 357.

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