From the Office of Campus Ministry

by Alexander Pierre | Aug 27, 2014

New Student Day of Service
This summer, the Office of Campus Ministry prepared two important initiatives for our incoming first-year students that make accessible and real our Franciscan Sponsorship Values. First, the New Student Day of Service (NSDS) is a Marian University tradition which invites all new students into a day of reflective service, both here on campus and throughout the greater Indianapolis community. Embracing the Franciscan sponsorship values, along with our vision to educate students who will transform the world, NSDS exposes students to agencies which align with the underserved and with those who have minimal access to basic resources. As students grow in awareness, they also offer their time and energy to support the initiatives of these organizations, to include Second Helpings, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Gleaners Food Bank, Peaceful Grounds, a city park, and our own Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab. This year, we had nearly 200 students at the Saturday, August 16 event. NSDS is a collaborative effort between the Offices of Campus Ministry, Student Activities, and the 21st Century Scholars Program.

Connections: A First Year Gathering
Our second new initiative happened on Saturday, August 23, when campus ministry hosted Connections: A First Year Gathering. This program happened at the end of Welcome Week and was organized by a group of six student leaders along with campus ministry staff. Through this program, campus ministry aims to create a dynamic community, present a radically hospitable form of spirituality, and demonstrate that campus ministry will be “with you” all four years of college. We do so by reflecting on the four Franciscan sponsorship values through personal reflections offered by the student leaders and engaging activities in the setting of White River State Park. For example, students reflected on dignity of the individual (our first value), by asking the questions, “What are my values? Who do I want to be? What type of community do I want to be a part of?” When reflecting on the value of reconciliation, students role-played how difficult college situations may transpire differently when they act upon our Franciscan values. The event concluded with a spirited prayer experience and a bonfire that wass open to entire student body.

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