Community service and civic engagement are at the heart of what it means to be a part of a Catholic and Marianist university, which calls us to involvement in and service to our community and society at-large.
At St. Mary’s University, we are dedicated to graduating students who have a quality education and who are also civically engaged. That dedication is a part of not only our University mission but also a foundation of a Marianist education. Our students are involved in the community through academic courses, special projects spearheaded by faculty and staff, and student events sponsored by various programs and departments on campus.
40 Days of Lent and Service
St. Mary’s is proud to participate in 40 Days of Lent and Service in association with Catholic Charities of San Antonio. St. Mary’s will continue to participate in the annual program, offering events such as:
- Mass and Manna — Gather for a Mass every Wednesday during Lent. Participants are invited to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to Catholic Charities’ food pantry.
- Blood Drive
- Afternoon of Service for faculty and staff at the Catholic Charities Guadalupe Community Center
- Stop Hunger Now Service Day — Help prepare over 10,000 meals to assist school feeding programs, orphanages and crisis relief.
Continuing the Heritage
Continuing the Heritage Day of Service Event (CTH) is a University-wide service project that takes place at the beginning of each semester. The event is sponsored and organized by the Civic Engagement Center and the Marianist Leadership Program.
Traditionally, more than 700 St. Mary’s volunteers come together to give more than 3,000 hours of service in the community.
Each year, students, faculty, staff and alumni come out in droves to volunteer for community projects around San Antonio. They lend their time and talent to paint houses for the elderly in the St. Mary’s neighborhood area, work in community gardens, serve food to the homeless at Haven for Hope, paint playgrounds at Head Start locations, remove graffiti and more.
Since 2003, nearly 7,500 volunteers have offered approximately 41,000 hours to organizations providing much-needed service throughout San Antonio.
Previous partners have included Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Guadalupe Home, Catholic Charities, Roy Maas Alternative Thrift Store, Grace Place for Alzheimers, St. Mary’s Legal and Social Justice Center, Root of Change Community Garden, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, and many more.