Faith and Service

Welcome to a community where compassion, exploration and action converge.

At Xavier, we believe that faith is not simply a belief system, but a guiding force that shapes our students' academic and personal journeys. Rooted in our Jesuit tradition, we provide an inclusive space that celebrates diverse religious backgrounds and fosters deep spiritual exploration. Whether you seek solace in prayer, participate in service programs or engage in thought-provoking discussions, Xavier offers abundant opportunities for deepening your spiritual journey. 

Catholic Campus Ministry

The Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice (CFJ) is the home of Catholic Campus Ministry at Xavier. From retreats to reconciliation, praise to purpose, events to Eucharist, we create spaces where students can grow in their faith and make it their own. 

Catholic Campus Ministry

Multiple Faith Traditions

More than 15 different religions are practiced among Xavier students, including most Christian denominations as well as those from Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Shinto faiths. Explore how Xavier students practice faith on campus.

Campus Faith Traditions

Service and Pursuing Justice

Xavier students log an average of 80,000+ hours of community service per year, helping more than 160 local, national and international organizations. Rooted in our Jesuit, Catholic tradition, The CFJ provides students opportunities to serve and pursue justice.

Service and Justice Opportunities
Xavier students on their Alternative Breaks trip to Catalina Island, California

Alternative Breaks Service-Learning Trips

Alternative Breaks are trips where college students participate in service opportunities during their fall or spring breaks. Each destination in this student-organized program highlights a particular social justice issue that students spend time exploring and learning about long before the trip itself. 

Information about Alternative Breaks at Xavier

Scholarships for Service-Driven Students

A select group of students choose Xavier precisely because of its focus on service and are awarded scholarships to make service a central focus of their Xavier education. Students who want to continue volunteering in college love that Xavier offers a scholarship to students who commit to 10 hours of service a week, called the Community-Engaged Fellowship.

Community-Engaged Fellowship Scholarship Details