By Daniel J. Elsener, President of Marian University
Here at Marian University, faith and leadership are two things we know a lot about.
Our Catholic Franciscan heritage teaches us to place faith first. It grounds everything we do—our curriculum, our campus life, and our service to the community. As a Seat of Wisdom university, we are faith-based. We place our trust in a loving God, and in keeping with the two commandments that Jesus gave us, we seek to love God and our neighbor with all our heart and soul and mind. Here at Marian University, faith is not something we do on the side. It is at the heart of everything we do!
Our vision and mission statements, which were approved by the Board of Trustees after a full year of consultation with more than 1,000 alumni, faculty, staff, donors, students, and community leaders, commit us to the education and formation of transformational leaders for service to the world. “Creating leaders” is much more than a slogan. It is a response to the critical need in society today for leaders in health care, education, business, government, and the Church. Marian University is serious about forming leaders who are smart, experienced, and faithful to the ethical and moral values that are essential to women and men of integrity.
We are especially proud of our success in preparing leaders for service to the Church. Graduates of our San Damiano Scholars Program for Church Leadership are now serving in more than a dozen Catholic dioceses as teachers, youth ministers, parish staff, nurses, and business leaders. Alumni of Marian University and the Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary (our collaborative venture with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis) are being ordained to the priesthood and are giving back to God’s people the gifts that were made possible by your generosity.
Most of you know Sister Norma Rockledge, OSF, Ph.D. ’60 who has served the Marian University community for many years in many different capacities and who has won the hearts of thousands both on campus and throughout the community. Sister Norma recently made an observation that I believe says it all, “Wherever there is a Marian University alum, something changes. They are taking the education and values they learned here to really transform the world wherever they are.”
As you read this issue of The Faithful Leader, I hope you feel a sense of genuine pride and hopefulness about the future of the Church and our society. We truly are creating transformational leaders! Thanks for everything you do to make Marian University a Seat of Wisdom university.