The Mission for Life Program is based on the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine tradition of service and hospitality. We foster a unique encounter with Christ in our connections to those around us and encourage a sense of mission which propels our faith into action in response to God's call to servant leadership.
The University of Mary exists to serve the religious, academic and cultural needs of the people in this region and beyond. Service is at the heart of the University of Mary’s mission and is a highlighted Benedictine value. From the very beginning, the university’s students have been encouraged to serve those in need. The Student Volunteer Program existed for many years to coordinate opportunities for service. In 2016, the Student Volunteer Program was reconfigured and renamed “Mission for Life,” in 2016, with the purpose of being intentional about developing service experiences for students as part of the university’s Vision 2030, Education for Life initiative.
Service is a way of living, not simply an act done to earn credit of some kind. A life of service is transformative and encourages us to see beyond ourselves. It fosters empathy, which develops us into stronger leaders, students, peers, and family members. The service lifestyle places the needs of others ahead of our own in all situations, from helping a roommate to serving a meal in a soup kitchen. The fruit of this service is relationship, as we encounter those in need. Transformation occurs when we see that “it is in giving of ourselves that we receive.”
Regular Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering is the introduction to a life of service and opens doors to transformative encounters with people outside of our University of Mary community.
Ministry on the Margins supports people who fall through the cracks during times of transition, including but not limited to: men and women coming out of prison, individuals and families without homes or otherwise inadequately housed, men and women who are unemployed or underemployed, families in crisis, etc.
We will gather in University Ministry at 4:00 pm for a brief orientation and prayer, then carpool to Ministry on the Margins to begin our volunteer service at 4:30 pm. We anticipate being back to campus by about 7:15 pm. At this time, we will be taking groups of eight every other week, though this may be increased or decreased depending on interest. In order to participate in this event and see available dates, please click the button below.
To stay in the know regarding upcoming volunteer opportunities at a variety of agencies in Bismarck and Mandan, check out http://www.volunteerbisman.com.
Each year, the Mission for Life Program offers at least one opportunity to serve within the United States over a semester break. Check back soon for more details.
Post-Grad Volunteer Opportunities
There are many opportunities for year-long volunteer opportunities. Volunteering for one year provides you with valuable job skills and professional experiences, making you more marketable for future employers and graduate degree programs. They also provide a more intensive encounter with individuals in need, and have the potential to be life-changing. A good starting place for post-grad Catholic volunteer opportunities is the Catholic Volunteer Network.