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Service and Justice

Following Dominican’s tradition of refusing to stand on the sideline in the face of injustice, University Ministry provides opportunities for thoughtful and reflective engagement of some of the world’s deepest needs. Inspired by the Gospel and informed by a rich Catholic Social Tradition, these opportunities address both immediate needs (service), as well as their root causes (justice). Additionally, University Ministry invites students to reflect on the significance of these experiences. In doing so, they might come to greater clarity about their part in transforming the world, as well as God’s invitation to their own transformation.

Local Service Opportunities

During the academic year, University Ministry offers the following opportunities to serve the hungry and homeless. Look below for more info about specific opportunities and see the News and Events page for upcoming experiences of service.

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels Mobile Food Pantry

Assist guests from this Humboldt Park neighborhood as they “shop” at the outdoor food pantry.

St. Eulalia’s Soup Kitchen

Serve meals to guests and lead activities for children at the soup kitchen.

Service in the Streets

Join us as we provide a sandwich and conversation with the homeless on Chicago’s streets.

Post-Graduate Service

Several students from each graduating class commit a year or more to post-graduate service through various programs, such as the Dominican Volunteers , Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and others, in both faith-based and non-faith-based settings. Stop by the University Ministry Center to learn more about these opportunities or to pick-up some helpful resources.

University Ministry also hosts several information sessions each fall semester, and is available for ongoing support each spring. Representatives from various programs will be on-hand to answer questions, and general information will be shared about various volunteer program options and application processes. All seniors and other students already considering their post-graduate options are welcome to attend!

If you would like to be added to a listserve to receive the most up-to-date information regarding additional on-campus information sessions, or to ask questions or receive support, please email

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Dominican University has teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago to serve the youth of Maywood. Dominican students are matched one-on-one with a child (age 9 to 12 years) and engage in activities that support a child’s confidence, competence, and caring. The goals of the program are to provide positive modeling and interaction between adults and children, to assist in character building, and develop relationships that lead to school and lifetime success. Matches meet on campus in a group setting with a Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Coordinator on-site to supervise and facilitate all of the sessions. Mentors must be available every-other Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m. Interested students will need to undergo an interview and background check process. For more information, stop by the Ministry Center in Lewis 216 or talk with MaDonna Thelen,, in Community-Based Learning.