Mission-centered student leadership is at the heart of the work of University Ministry. Students provide vital leadership and pastoral presence in the University Ministry Center, as well as around the university and in the wider community. Whether as part of a year-long commitment or through contributions to a one-time event, our student leaders create engaging and meaningful opportunities to explore faith and spirituality, call our community into commitments of service, solidarity, and justice, lead prayer, guide reflection and sharing, and, following the example of our founder Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P., “make school as much like home as possible.”

Central to the formation student leaders receive is an emphasis on Christian hospitality and welcome, the mission and heritage of the university’s Catholic, Dominican and Sinsinawa traditions, and building interfaith cooperation.

Students are encouraged to discern their gifts, strengths and passions when considering leadership in University Ministry, as there are a variety of ways to get involved. Just some of the faith-based leadership development opportunities we have offered include:

  • Beloved Community is a leadership development and faith formation internship serving and celebrating African-American communities.
  • University Ministry Internship positions in the areas of Retreats & Vocation, Faith & Justice, Interfaith Dialogue, Digital and Print Ministry, and Liturgical Ministry.
  • Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is an annual national meeting of Catholic social justice ministers and other people of faith who continue to be inspired by the Gospel’s call to love God and neighbor and all of Creation.
  • Karios Retreat leaders foster belonging and faith development as they plan and lead the University’s annual retreat celebrating students’ relationships with God, self, and others.
  • Ministry en lo Cotidiano is a leadership development and faith formation internship serving and celebrating Latin@ communities.

Students with a particular passion or general leadership interest are encouraged to meet with a University Ministry staff person to discuss leadership possibilities that would be right for you. You can contact a staff person to set-up a time to meet, or just drop by the University Ministry Center, MAZZ 298.