If you are a First Year student or new to XU we welcome you to get involved with the Center for Faith & 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 24 - 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 29-30. Sign up here.

Other First Year Opportunities:

Community Action Day

Join hundred of members of the XU community to serve the city of Cincinnati. September 16. 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. Application Deadline: September 19. Check back this fall for a link to apply!

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 14. Sign up here.


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 fall semester. Deadline: September 25. Check back this fall for a link to sign up!

Weekly Worship

Catholic Student Mass -- every Sunday at 4 pm and 10 pm in Bellarmine Chapel, beginning August 20!

Common Ground -- It's church, mostly -- for Protestants. Every Sunday at 8 pm in GSC Clocktower Lounge, beginning August 20!

Jumaa -- every Friday at 2 pm in the Interfaith Chapel in Husman, beginning August 25!