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Small Faith Communities

In the spirit of the Marianists

When Fr. Chaminade, Marie Térèse, and Mother Adele were called to "re-Christianize" France, their "new method" was to form small groups of lay people who would pray together and share what was going on in their lives with each other. These small Christian communities called "Sodalities" are at the center of the Marianist Mission. We welcome you to get involved in one. It will change your life!

Small faith communities at the University of Dayton aim to provide an environment for students to develop and engage their faith through relationships with their peers.  Each community takes on a unique, relational, and faith-based identity that is attentive to the present needs and desires of each group.  These communities use elements of mutual support, dialogue, prayer, scripture, faith sharing, and discernment to create a space for students to examine the blessings and challenges of engaging their faith amidst college life and build relationships that extend beyond just these groups.  Group topics, discussion, and methods of prayer emerge from the interests of the group members with the guidance of the group’s leaders and Campus Ministers.

Small Faith Communities exist within three different fashions through Campus Ministry at the University of Dayton:

Discipleship Sodalities – groups that are led by a member of the Campus Ministry team and exist for an undefined and prolonged period of time.

Madeleine Groups – groups that are peer-led and exist for an undefined and prolonged period of time.

Journey Groups – groups that are peer-led or led by a member of the Campus Ministry team for a set amount of time, i.e. Lenten Journey Groups which meet for the duration of Lent, or Sophomore Journey Groups which meet for the first 5-7 weeks of a student’s Sophomore year.

Have another idea or looking for a different type of group?  Questions about Small Faith Communities?  Looking to get involved?  Contact Meaghan Crowley.


Campus Ministry

Liberty Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408