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Retreats for Incoming Students

Callings: Virtual Edition, Summer 2020

How are you called to be a UD student? How can you best use your gifts and talents? Join current students and Campus Ministry for a 4-week virtual series that explores how you can respond to the call to learn, lead, serve, and pray at UD. During this time, you will have the chance to get to know current and incoming students, engage in reflection and prayer, nurture your leadership skills, and learn about our Marianist heritage. Each session includes large group and small group activities. We look forward to getting to know you during Callings: Virtual Edition Summer Program.


Date and time: Wednesday evenings, June 24, July 1, 8, 15 7:00-8:30pm 

Please register for this no-cost opportunity by noon on June 23, 2020 

Contact Rachel Bell at with any questions. 

Who Are You Called to Be?

The Callings Program is a summer program Campus Ministry offers for incoming first-year students who are looking to learn how to become engaged leaders on the University of Dayton’s campus. Using the Marianist charism as a guide, participants will explore their faith and vocation as a student while learning about the four principles of learn, lead, serve and pray.

Is Callings for you?

  • Are you asking the big questions: Who do I want to be? Who is God calling me to be?
  • Are you questioning how you can make a difference in the world?
  • Are you asking how can I connect my studies with my faith and values?
  • Have you been involved in your school or church through participating in service, prayer, worship, retreat experiences, or leadership?
  • Do you want to explore how you can learn, lead, serve, and pray as a member of the UD community?
  • Do you want to meet other incoming first-year students who want to make the most of their UD experience, and learn from current UD students?
  • Do you want to explore your faith and the faith of others, while gaining an appreciation of the Catholic & Marianist character of UD?

 If you said yes to any of these questions… then Callings is for you!

Activities and Areas of Focus

Please Note: While the following areas of focus will be part of the virtual program, due to a desire to protect the health and safety of the UD community, the activites will not take place on campus. Students will engage with leaders and one another in a online environment.

During Callings, you will be welcomed by current UD students and will take a special tour of campus led by the Rector’s Office. There will be lots of opportunities for interaction among participants in a small group as well as a lot of fun large group activities.



Callings provides the opportunity to explore leadership from a variety of perspectives. The Counseling Center will facilitate a session on personality and leadership. We will explore Christian leadership, servant leadership and what it means to a leader in community. Current UD students provide peer leadership for the program.

LEadership Development


Each day will provide opportunities for prayer. There some experiences of prayer that have been part of the Christian tradition for centuries, and other forms of prayer that may be new and different to you.

Students in Chapel


Being part of the UD community means being part of Dayton as a city. We will explore some the assets of Dayton by partnering with the Fitz Center for a tour. We will meet community leaders. We will also have a day dedicated to service.

students doing service


Callings is open to all those who want to travel their spiritual journey with intention. Sharing the story of one’s faith tradition in an open way and respectful way can build understanding across traditions. There will be opportunities to have meals with those who have made a commitment to supporting and furthering the Marianist charism on campus and in the community.


Overall, Callings provides a welcome and introduction to the heart and soul of the University of Dayton. It provides an opportunity to meet other incoming students as well as current students, and engaging faculty and staff.

Dates and Costs

The Callings-Virtual edition 4 week series will be on Wednesdays, June 24, July 1, 8, 15  at 7:00-8:30pm.

Please register for this no-cost opportunity by noon on June 23, 2020. 

Contact Rachel Bell at with any questions. 

Rachel Bell

Christian Leadership & Vocation Graduate Assistant

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