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The student body at Xavier is representative of a diverse range of faith traditions and backgrounds. Part of our mission at the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice (CFJ) is to help students deepen their spiritual lives as well as to engage with those of diverse faith and cultural perspectives around them. This deep engagement moves us beyond diversity into pluralism. Check out some of our program offerings below!

Catholic Community 

Protestant Community 

Muslim Community 

Jewish Community 

Other Faith Communities 

Companion Groups 

Approach Retreat 

Encounter Retreat 

Dorothy Day Immersion 

Faith Based Clubs 

 

Catholic Community 

Bellarmine Chapel

Student Masses are held at 4pm and 10pm on Sundays throughout the school year. Students are also welcome at the parish masses at 9am, 11am, and 7pm on Sundays. Daily mass is held in the side chapel at 8am, 12pm, and 5pm.

10pm mass Planning Committee

This committee meets weekly to discuss the readings for each Sunday's Mass, plan and coordinate the various volunteer ministries associated with the liturgy, and to prepare for the various liturgical seasons throughout the year.

Contact: Roberta Whitely

Volunteer Liturgical Ministry

If you are interested in helping with any of the liturgical ministries at either of the student masses, make sure you sign up after mass in the first couple of weeks of the fall semester to get on the calendar.

Contact: Roberta Whitely

Catholic Ministry Team

Catholic Ministry Team gives students an opportunity to explore their own Catholic Identity by discussing contemporary and established Church documents while entertaining questions that deal with appropriating Catholicism.

Contact: Colleen Ryan-Mayrand

 

Protestant Community 

Common Ground

We aim to create a space on campus where students from a wide variety of Christian backgrounds can come together to worship, pray, engage Scripture and encounter God. Meets Sundays at 8pm in Clocktower Lounge.

Contact: Abby King-Kasier

Gospel Choir

Rooted in the African-American church experience, this is a place to explore that tradition, grow in your faith, and be nurtured in community. The choir leads worship at Common Ground monthly, sings in the city, and hosts their own concerts.

Contact: Nelson Pierce

 

Muslim Community

Muslim Student Association

We seek to fulfill the needs of the Muslim students on campus and to engage the broader community in a diverse set of cultures. We aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for students who wish to express their faith, regardless of religion identification, and who are willing to explore and learn more about Muslims and our faith.

Contact: Tala Ali

Jumma

Join us every Friday at 2 pm in the Interfaith Chapel in Husman Hall. Muslims on our campus come from not just around the region but around the world. Men and women are both welcome and the Interfaith chapel has a place to make wudu. Khutbas will be offered by professors, community members, alumni, and student leaders, helping us to connect our faith and our life.

Contact: Tala Ali

 

Jewish Community 

Help us build our Jewish community on campus and share your ideas about programming for Jewish Students. Connect with the Jewish community of Cincinnati while you are here. Get involved with Tikkun Olam through social action and interfaith dialogue.

Contact: Rabbi Jennifer Lewis

 

Other Faith Communities 

Xavier attracts students of more than 15 faith traditions, including most Christian denominations as well as those from Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Shinto faiths. Religious pluralism is a reality at Xavier. In line with the Ignatian value of cura personalis, care of the whole person, the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice is committed to helping each and every student deepen their spiritual life. If you’d like more information about finding a faith community in Cincinnati, contact Abby King Kasier.

 

Companion Groups 

Rooted in the Jesuit tradition of companionship, Companion Groups are weekly faith sharing groups that provide students with the opportunities to reflect on their lives, grow in faith, and build community. Groups are facilitated by sophomore, junior, and senior student leaders.

Contact: Colleen Ryan Mayrand

 

Approach Retreat 

Approach is Xavier's introductory retreat which is driven by the narratives of the students. Rooted in Christianity, the retreat calls students to a greater awareness of God in the world around them and serves as an introduction to the importance of reflection in one's everyday "approach" to life.

Contact: Spencer Liechty

 

Encounter Retreat

Encounter is a next step in deepening students' spiritual lives. This retreat is rooted in Ignatian Spirituality and invites students to intentionally explore and develop a personal relationship with God through individual reflection, small group sharing, and communal prayer.

Contact: Colleen Ryan Mayrand

 

Dorothy Day Immersion 

Dorothy Day Immersions (DDI) provide students short-term opportunities to live, work, and reflect at the margins. Each experience challenges participants to understand their role in seeking justice in the world, build authentic community amidst difference, and engage their unique spirituality. Each group, no matter where they travel, examines racial justice, economic disparity, and faiths that do justice.

Contact: Shannon Hughes

 

Faith Based Clubs

For more information about these clubs and how to get involved, please visit their org sync page.

Life After Sunday 

Coalition for Christian Outreach 

Athletes in Action