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Retreats for Incoming Students


Who Are You Called to Be?

UD’s Program for Christian Leadership (PCL) in Campus Ministry offers a summer program for incoming first-year students to dive into to the heart and soul of the University of Dayton.

Do you ask big questions like: Who do I want to be? Who is God calling me to be? How can I make a difference in the world? How can I connect my studies with my faith and values? . . . then Callings is for you

Have you been involved in your school or church through participating in service, prayer, worship, retreat experiences, or leadership, . . .then Callings is for you.

Do you want to explore how you can learn, lead, serve and pray as a member of the UD community?  . . . then Callings is for you.

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? . . .then Callings is for you.

Do you want to explore your faith and the faith of others, while gaining an appreciation of the Catholic & Marianist character of UD? . . .then Callings is for you.

Activities and Areas of Focus


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.

Social 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.


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.


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.

Appreciating Faith Traditions

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


Session 1: July 12-15, 2020  

Session 2: July 19-22, 2020

Cost: TBA

Registration will open in 2020


Elizabeth Montgomery

Campus Ministry for Christian Leadership and Vocation

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