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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

These groups explore different topics through a lens of faith. Journey Groups meet for around 6 weeks and will be offered in two blocks. The first block starts on September 14, and the second block will start in October. See below for a link for more information, including a full list of Journey Groups that will begin meeting in September and registration details.

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“Yes!” to Deepening relationship with God.
“Yes!” to Building community and contributing to the common good.
“Yes!” to Leading in faith where you live

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Are you interested in hosting your own small group, but don’t know where to start?  These digital resources will help guide you through different conversations about faith.

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Use the links below to see a full list of established Student Religious Organizations and Service and Student Action Orgs:

Student Religious Organizations

Service and Student Action Orgs


Date/Time: Wednesdays from 5 pm - 6:15 pm starting Sept. 15 and ending Dec. 8th.

Location: Artstreet, Studio B

Description: This course offers a look at pilgrimage as both prayer and action. The course will specifically focus on Las Posadas a Mexican tradition following Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem, and look to connect the challenges and rejection of their journey with those who leave their homelands and face rejection today.

Contact: Cheyenne Palmer

Small faith communities that form out of a shared experience like a Retreat or BreakOut. Please check back for information on current Madeline groups.

Have questions about small faith communities, or want to get connected to a Campus Minister?  Contact Meaghan Crowley at

Have an idea for a new small faith community? Fill out this form


Campus Ministry

Liberty Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408