Marian University Volunteer with Saints in the Streets

Students and staff from Marian University recently showed their dedication and support for their local community. Marian University volunteered for Saints in the Streets neighborhood clean-up sponsored by St. Anthony and St. Barnabas churches. The service work they did including pulling weeds, picking up trash, and raking leaves; tasks that may at times feel mundane but are very necessary. Saints in the Street attracts a large following of people that want to create a more pleasant community, including Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett.

Students noted that it “was awesome to see the community, including Mayor Joe Hogsett, come together to make our city a better place. Our goal was to clean the streets and make them look beautiful.” Local residents of the neighborhood also helped and showed their appreciation to volunteers.

To read more about Saints in the Streets, visit Marian news.

Courageous Voices: Inspiring the Next Generation of Bold Church Leaders

Founded as a diocesan college, Carroll College maintains a special focus on service to parish communities throughout the diocese and the greater Helena, Montana area. For over ten years, faculty in the Theology Department have taught as part of the Diocese of Helena’s Pastoral Ministry Program, leading participants through study of the Bible, Church doctrine, Christian history, liturgy, spirituality, ethics, and leadership skills. This two-year program trains laypeople to be more effective leaders in their parish communities.

Similarly, the San Damiano Scholars Program for Church Leadership at Marian University (IN) educates and forms students to serve as leaders in the Church or in faith-based non-profits, schools, or healthcare environments. The program is grounded in Franciscan values and graduates students who are well-formed in the faith and prepared to be leaders in the Church.

Over the next few weeks, we will release short stories about the courageous voices of our member colleges and universities.  Stay tuned to hear about how students, faculty, and staff are responding to Pope Francis’s call to social justice and a culture of encounter.  If you are still curious about how Catholic colleges and universities are promoting social justice on campus, read the original blog post on the Courageous Voices series, or check out ACCU’s inventory of promising practices, which includes many examples of our members engaging with Catholic Social Teaching.