The Marian University Blog

  • Crossroads - What are my gifts?
    September 2, 2014

    Everyone has difficulty in finding who they are who they want to be. The first step at finding who you are called to be is finding your gifts. This is not a suggestion. It is your responsibility to find your gifts and your calling. Sometimes people fall into the trap of thinking that this is based only on things that they are good at. I used to be good at soccer, I have always had interest in sports. But even though I really like sports, and I used to be an above average soccer player, I never considered that as a plausible career; even as a child. So how do we find the gifts that we have that will lead us to our calling, our vocations?

  • "Make Us One" presented at the Ecumenical Prayer Service
    August 29, 2014

    Given at the Ecumenical Prayer Service by Daniel Conway on August 19, 2014 Unity in diversity is what God calls us to accomplish in his name. God himself is one, wholly undivided, and complete unto himself. But God is not isolated or alone. God’s very nature is to be in relationship with others in the divine communion that is the Blessed Trinity and in the constant outpouring of his love and grace. We do not understand the mystery of God, but we accept the call to: Love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength.

  • Lay Leaders Learn about Marian University’s Commitment to Catholic Identity, Franciscan Sponsorship Values
    August 27, 2014


  • From the Office of Campus Ministry
    August 27, 2014


  • Franciscan Corner
    August 27, 2014


  • Saint Francis and Pope Francis: Men of Surprises
    August 27, 2014


  • 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.

Meeting people through student government
Getting involved in student government helped Oluwabanwo Adeniyi '21 feel like she’s part of the campus community.
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Building relationships with faculty and coaches
After he explored his college options, Conor Smith '20 decided to choose Marian because of his interest in athletics and exercise science.
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Following her dream to be a dentist
After graduating cum laude with Marian's Class of 2017, Chrislyn (Church) Fite is well on her way.
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