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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.

Experience Summer at the Indy Cycloplex

by Katie Bradley | Jun 26, 2014

This summer, take advantage of the warm weather and cycling opportunities at the Indy Cycloplex, home of the Major Taylor Velodrome.

Throughout July and August, the Cycloplex will host race nights featuring great competition from local and regional cyclists. Recurring events include the Throw Down Thursday and Fast Friday series. Sun King Brewery, food trucks, and concessions will be on-site during these events, with free admission and parking. In addition, daily programming, including clinics at the Velodrome and BMX track, continues during the week.

“There’s a multitude of opportunities that we provide to racers and non-racers alike,” said Dean Peterson, executive director of the Indy Cycloplex. “We hope that everyone who enjoys bikes, whether you compete or not, has the chance to come out to the park and take in all that we have to offer to the community. There’s something for everyone, including spectators who want to enjoy a fun night at a city park with food, drink, and friends.”

Mark your calendars for September 25-28 when the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships visit the Major Taylor Velodrome. Collegiate teams from across the country will travel to Indianapolis to compete at the highest level. The Marian University Cycling Team will look to defend their Division I Team Championship on their home track.

Beginning Thursday, July 10, Indy Cycloplex will also host the Marian University Farmer’s Market every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. through September 25. This pilot program will feature local vendors selling fresh, Indiana-grown produce, herbal teas, honey products, and more.

For a complete list of events, and to learn more about the facility, visit the Indy Cycloplex website.

About the Indy Cycloplex

Formally known as the Lake Sullivan Sports Complex, the Indy Cycloplex came under the management of Marian University in a partnership with the City of Indianapolis starting in April 2011.

With support from Mayor Greg Ballard and the Indianapolis City County Council, the University is leading the effort for a new era for this historic city park, the home of the Major Taylor Velodrome and a newly-renovated BMX track. Many opportunities exist to promote health and fitness to residents of all ages, as well as to create a nationally recognized competitive cycling facility that can host races and events in five cycling disciplines, as well as engage the community in unique ways.    

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