Serve the community and promote social justice


Alternative Break

Students engage in social justice issues, domestic and international, through a team formation process of prayer, reflection, and direct service.

These service-immersion experiences, offered during each Fall Break, Spring Break, and in May, are designed to provide meaningful experiences for students who want to immerse themselves in different cultures and serve those in need. They include travel to under-served communities in places like Appalachia, New Mexico, and Guatemala.

Led by the university's student Alternative Break (AB) board and accompanied by faculty and staff advisors, the goal for these experiences is to open the eyes of students to global needs and challenges, empowering them to become transformational leaders for social change.

Students who participate in the Marian University AB program describe it as "life altering" and definitely more along the continuum of awareness, from volunteerism, to more engaged citizenship committed to social activism.

Applications for student leadership positions are available in April and participants are selected by application, in the fall semester preceding Spring Break.

Catholic Relief Services

CRS Student Ambassadors seek to advance global justice, peace, and human dignity. They engage the campus in this mission through events, fundraisers, and faith sharing.

Ambassadors organize awareness campaigns, prayer services, candlelight vigils, faith-sharing groups, legislative advocacy, and fundraising campaigns for global emergencies as well as participate in CRS programs such as CRS Rice Bowl, CRS Fair Trade, and CRS Helping Hands.

Indy Urban Plunge

The Indy Urban Plunge is a 36 hour immersion experience in Indianapolis. Students will explore the cycle of poverty as experienced in the city of Indianapolis to include the misperceptions of poverty and the challenges faced by those who are at most risk.

By engaging in direct service at various agencies which walk with and advocate for those who live in poverty, students will evaluate these services in the light of the Corporal Works of Mercy, Catholic Social Teaching and political advocacy.

Knights for Life

The Knights for Life seek to uphold the dignity of all people, from conception to natural death.

Peace and Justice House

Students in the pace and justice house seek to live in community with one another, around the common goal of promoting social justice in the world.

Rising Retreat

This student led retreat creatively explores Catholic social teaching through simulations, group sharing, and encounters with the Indianapolis community.

Students witness talks, prayer, reflection, small group discussion while participating in a hunger banquet and social justice stations of the cross throughout downtown Indianapolis.


Students Taking Active Reflective Roles (STARR) meets every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. to engage students in reflective service throughout the greater Indianapolis community. No long-term commitment is required.

From homeless shelters, food pantries, inner-city after-school programs, community-housing construction to mentally challenged adult programs, more than 100 Marian University students put in 1,500 hours in a typical academic year in STARR.

Directed under a student-articulated vision, STARR was created to be the most comprehensive, effective program in providing all Marian University students opportunities for hands-on service, for personal and spiritual growth, and for building relationships, both among Marian University students and also within the greater Indianapolis community.

For more information

Campus Ministry
(317) 955-6566

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