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  • Seat of Wisdom: From the Heart of the Church
    August 27, 2014


  • Creating Leaders of Faith
    August 27, 2014


  • Commencement Speech: "You are Strong!"
    May 14, 2014

    By: Kelly Hoehn, ‘14 Faculty, staff, fellow graduates, family, and friends. I would like to take this time to talk about our 4 Franciscan Sponsorship values and how they set us apart, make us unique. As senior class president as well as through involvement in campus ministry I have been able to interact with many of my fellow graduates and can see how these values are present in their lives and have shaped their education here. As we leave Marian and enter the “real world” these values will help us on our journeys.

  • Service: Anywhere. Anytime.
    May 9, 2014

    By: Matthew K. Duncan Although service hours were required of me both as a member of a Catholic high school and participant in our San Damiano Scholars Program, I found myself wanting to do far more than the bare minimum. I remember going to S.T.A.R.R. (Students Taking Active Reflective Roles) the first week of my freshman year and wanting to go back every Friday.

  • Crossroads: Christ's Footprints in Nicaragua
    April 24, 2014

    By: Dakota Bullock and Sharisse Yoder As Christians, we are called to follow in Christ’s footsteps and serve others, especially those that are different than us. March 8-15, 14 of us at Marian University had the privilege of opening our hearts and creating meaningful relationships with several individuals in San Marcos, Nicaragua.

  • Seat of Wisdom: The FLOW of Prayer
    April 24, 2014

    By: Dr. Art Canales (Associate Professor of Theology) I recognize that the phrase the flow of prayer sounds a bit odd. What exactly does the flow of prayer mean? By the flow of prayer, I am suggesting that people get into a rhythm of prayer, that Christians find their own stride to prayer. This brief blog will focus on the flow of prayer on two fronts.

  • Holy Thursday - A Day of Contrasts!
    April 17, 2014

    Holy Thursday – a day of contrasts! It marks the end of Lent and the beginning of the Triduum. From the evening liturgy of Holy Thursday until evening vespers of Easter Sunday, we celebrate the day Jesus gave us His Body to eat and His Blood to drink, His betrayal and capture, His death and burial, and finally His resurrection.

  • Faith 101: Almsgiving
    April 14, 2014

    By: Andrew Thomas We are blessed to be a part of a Church that holds at its center the poor. They, the poor, are our treasure. As the Church lives and moves among us we hold in our hearts a call to give alms. Almsgiving for the Church is where Christ provides, lives, and loves. Let us now look at how Christ provides through almsgiving.

  • Crossroads: My Road to Confession
    April 10, 2014

    The reason I chose to come to Marian University was based off of the opportunity to play softball and the business program. I always wanted to play softball in college and I knew that I wanted to major in Accounting and one day become a CPA. So, at the beginning of my freshman year I arrived here at Marian not knowing anybody else on campus. At the time, this was kind of a scary thing for me because I am a pretty shy person when trying to get to know someone. Even so, I was able to meet some wonderful new friends. Many of them have influenced, encouraged, and challenged me to grow in ways that I never knew were possible. They have all helped me and I am super thankful for my friends. But there is one person in particular that I have gotten to know who has changed my life forever. That person is God.

  • Searching for Transformation in the Desert
    April 9, 2014

    I went to New Mexico looking for a moment of transformation. As an advisor on the trip, I was desperately searching for a unifying moment where I felt connected with the students, in service to the Navajo, and in communion with the divine all at once. My fiancé Anna also came along the trip as an advisor and if my moment of connection happened standing next to her, then that would only add to its sublime, transformative perfection. I recognize that such grand expectations are a great way to set oneself up for total failure and disappointment. However, I was not going to be deterred from my rejuvenating rupture in the clunky mechanisms of life where suddenly all was harmonious and good. Plus, our long snowy winter had left me needing a little spiritual fire in my life. Where better to look than the desert of the American west?

  • Living Word: "I will love them freely."
    April 3, 2014

    "I will heal their defection, says the LORD, I will love them freely; for my wrath is turned away from them." From HOS 14:1-10 As I lectored at Friday’s Mass at Marian U, in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel, the words from the prophet Hosea jumped off the pages and went straight to my heart:

  • Living Word: Rejoicing during Lent!
    April 3, 2014

    In the tradition of the Catholic Church, the Fourth Sunday in Lent is Laetare Sunday, a day which marks the half-way point of the Lenten season. Laetare Sunday, like its Adventian counterpart Gaudete Sunday, seems to stand in contrast to the seasons they find themselves in. Both Laetare and Gaudete are Latin words which mean the same thing: “Rejoice.”

  • Faith 101: Liturgical Music: Let THIS be the Time
    March 31, 2014

    “Let this be the time.” You probably recognize this phrase as part of the opening song we’ve used at nearly every Mass during this Lenten season here at Marian. In fact, you might have noticed several changes (or lack thereof) to the Mass music. Did we just forget to pick new songs from week to week? Actually, there’s a reason for why we do what we do, a method to our madness. Liturgical music is really important. And there’s definitely a reason as to why we’re doing what we’re doing right now.

  • Fasting: A Lost Art
    March 27, 2014

    Millions of Americans are overweight and obesity is rampant in the United States. Medical professionals tell us that two leading causes of death that are related to obesity are heart attacks and diabetes. It is clear that obesity is a complex issue, involving both physical and psychological components; however, if the Catholic tradition is correct, it is also a spiritual issue, since obesity indicates a form of concupiscence or errant desire (Robert Barron, The Strangest Way, 2002, 63). If the center of the Christian life is Jesus the Christ, then the appetites for unhealthy food and drink need to be quelled and disciplined into control. The ancient Christians knew this, but our contemporary, fast-paced world seems to have forgotten this truth.

  • Whole Life: Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love
    March 24, 2014

    Over Spring Break, I read a book called Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri, which is more or less a modern interpretation for youth to understand the message Blessed Pope John Paul II was trying to convey in Love and Responsibility. There were many enlightening points; however, a few stuck out in light of the Lenten season.

  • Living Word: Picking Up My Cross
    March 18, 2014

    Going back to 2nd Timothy, I know why it stands out to me. I have recently been going through times of uncertainty and waiting. I thought I listened to the Lord, and was answering His call, but somewhere along the way I tried to take control. This never really ends well for me . . .

  • Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua Final Update
    March 17, 2014

    Hi all! Today [Friday] was our final day working in Nicaragua. Everyone headed to San Marcos after a morning of breakfast and devo. The community of San Marcos, as always, welcomed us with joy and open arms. We spent our morning digging more trench and laying a bit more of the pipe. After lunch we had Mass with the community one last time.

  • Subsidiarity Alive in Nicaragua!
    March 14, 2014

    When it comes to the Catholic social teaching principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, Amigos for Christ (see www.AmigosforChrist.org) has got it right! Amigos has collaborated and integrated and empowered leaders in rural communities here, to bring clean water to their homes, along with promotion of education beyond second grade, economic development and healthy lifestyles to counter disease.

  • Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua #6
    March 14, 2014

    We are getting close to the end of an awesome week! Even though we were not there to help yesterday, the community still worked out on the trenches. It was incredible to see how far the community had progressed! Today was another work day out in the sun in San Marcos. We were able to dig on the other side of the river, so things are moving along really well for the project. Although we are all pretty exhausted, we still continued to work hard alongside the members of the community. While some of our members dug in the trenches, others found joy in playing baseball or playing soccer with the kids. They are beyond adorable and they truly never stop smiling.

  • Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua #5
    March 14, 2014

    Today was a beautiful day. Some of our team started the day off by watching the sunset from an upper area of the property! Then we had breakfast and Mass here on the property at 7:30. After Mass we enjoyed our morning Devo (devotional) time. Our word for today was "rest." We are all definitely grateful for a day of rest! . . .

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