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Formation Opportunities

Engage in the Marianist Spirit

Whether you are a student, faculty member, staff, administrator, or alumni, we are all called to help further the Marianist mission of our university family!

The Office for Mission and Rector coordinates several programs to help you grow in your understanding of our Marianist heritage, and explore how you can be an active part of bringing the Marianist spirit to life on our campus.  Questions about any of our programs can be directed to or by contacting the program coordinator directly.  

Marianist Educational Associates

The Marianist Educational Associates (MEA) is an initiative among the three Marianist Universities to build strong partners with members of the Society of Mary. Each year, faculty, staff and administrators are invited to deepen their understanding of and their commitment to the traditions and beliefs that make the University of Dayton a Catholic and Marianist community.

The applications for new cohorts become available in early January each year.  


Learn more about the MEAs
Marianist Founders Seminar
The Marianist Founders Seminar is an opportunity for mid-career, tenured faculty and professional staff to study the Marianist tradition and spirituality, which dwell at the heart of the foundation and mission of the University of Dayton.  Using their own fields of expertise, a cohort of “Founders Scholars” will enter into a three-phase process of discovery, learning, and action.
Learn more about the Marianist Founders Seminar
Marianist Leadership Scholarship Program

The Marianist Leadership Scholars Program (MLS) was created by the United States Province of the Society of Mary as an opportunity for graduates of Marianist Education Consortium schools to continue to grow and develop within the Marianist tradition. This four-year faith, service, and leadership program, which includes a renewable scholarship of $4,000 per year, is available to those graduates who have demonstrated both an understanding and a practice of the Marianist story. 

Interested students apply during the fall of their senior year in high school.  

Learn more about MLS
Mission Based Staff Retreat

The mission-focused staff retreat seeks to help University administrators and staff members deepen their understanding of and commitment to the Catholic and Marianist mission of the University of Dayton.

Learn more about the MBSR
Marianist Student Lay Formation

Students are invited to explore their potential role as a member of the Marianist family and are guided as they discern a formal commitment as a Lay Marianist in the context of a community. This program takes place during one semester with a combination of conversations, personal reflection and prayer, weekly meetings, readings, interviews and retreats.

Learn more about Lay Formation
Marianist Student Communities
The Office for Mission and Rector, with cooperation from Campus Ministry, provides a unique housing opportunity for students interested in exploring the Marianist tradition, and who are committed to building and living in community in the student neighborhood.  These communities use Mary as their model to form homes of Marianist hospitality.  
Learn more about the MSCs

Office for Mission and Rector

St. Mary's Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1638
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