If you are a First Year student or new to XU we welcome you to get involved with the Center for Faith and Justice (CFJ). We offer a variety of programs to help you engage your own spiritual journey, engage the Cincinnati community, and develop relationships across campus. To help you navigate your way through the programming in our center we have developed a couple of opportunities just for First Year students.

Great ways to start your journey into the CFJ:

eXplore CFJ

Did you lead retreats or small groups in high school, enjoy organizing others for a cause or planning a volunteer experience? Jump right in and get to know all the CFJ has to offer! Join us for a four week experience -- be introduced to the whole CFJ, choose what programs are for you, and make friends to last a lifetime. Thursday - August 23 - 6:30 pm, CFJ (GSC 310).



GetAway Retreat

Take a break from the chaos of your first year to join the CFJ on a retreat to reflect, find community, and have fun! September 14-15. Sign up here.

Other First Year Opportunities:

*if you need to sign up, all the links live HERE.

Community Action Day

Join hundred of members of the XU community to serve the city of Cincinnati. September 29. No registration necessary -- Just show up at 9 am on the Xavier Yard ready to go!

Alternative Breaks

Join a unique tradition of spending your spring break serving, learning about justice issues, and growing your sense of community. The application deadline for spring trips is in the first month of the semester. Fall break trips applications are each spring.

Companion Groups

Find companion for your journey. Our small group program provides a close community to share and deepen your faith -- Catholic, Protestant, or Muslim. Kick-off Event: September 13.


Dedicate time each week to serving in Cincinnati, getting to know both a local organization and a group of students you will serve with every week of the semester. Sign up in the first couple weeks of each semester.

Weekly Worship

Catholic Student Mass -- every Sunday at 4 pm and 10 pm in Bellarmine Chapel, beginning August 19!

Common Ground -- It's church, mostly -- for Protestants. Every Sunday at 8 pm in GSC Clocktower Lounge, beginning August 19!

Jumaa -- every Friday at 2 pm in the Interfaith Chapel in Husman, beginning August 24!