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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.

Announcing the 2014-15 Department of Theatre Season

by Katie Bradley | May 16, 2014

Each year, the Marian University Department of Theatre produces two mainstage productions. The 2014-15 theatre season, will feature, Songs for a New World, a musical by Jason Robert Brown, and Almost, Maine, a romantic comedy by John Cariani. Songs for A New World will run November 21-22, 2014 in the Marian University Theatre and Almost, Maine will run February 25-28, 2015 in the Peine Theatre.

“Kristopher Steege and I are extremely excited about our upcoming season.  Both productions are about new directions and new possibilities, which mirrors the re-vitalization effort that he and I are leading for the department,” said Ben Tebbe, director of the Marian University Theatre.  

 Both productions are contemporary pieces that speak to young adults where they are currently—filled with possibility, courage, fear, love, adventures, and humor. 

“It was important for us to pick material that would resonate with students, be fun, and encourage them to come join us in the theatre. Songs for a New World and Almost, Maine both fit that bill.  The other great thing about the shows is that they offer flexible casting possibilities to accommodate the great number of talent we have on campus,” said Tebbe.

Any Marian University student, regardless of major, is eligible and encouraged to participate on stage or behind the scenes.  

For more information about shows and auditions, please contact Kristopher D. Steege, chair of the Department of Theatre, at kdsteege@marian.edu or 317.955.6389. 
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