Marianist Leadership Program

What is the Marianist Leadership Program?

The Marianist Leadership Program (MLP) is a community of equals that cultivates relationships through hospitality, selfless servant leadership and faith for the purpose of making a positive change to the San Antonio community by St. Mary’s students.. MLP is designed to provide students with educational and experiential opportunities focused on faith and leadership within the five pillars of the Marianist Charism.

MLP works through civic engagement to foster a sense of servant-leadership. Freshmen and sophomore members are required to volunteer with a nonprofit agency for three to four hours a week. Students are encouraged to engage in any of the multitude of service projects, either on a one-time basis or in smaller time increments over a longer period of time. Members also serve as leaders of Continuing the Heritage.


Brian Buchmeyer
Coordinator for Marianist Student Initiatives

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MLP Application

Who Should Apply?

Anyone! MLP  is a diverse community and is searching for students from any academic discipline or faith background. We are a vibrant faith community that loves to serve together, grow together, and most importantly, laugh together!


Each member that fulfills the yearly obligations of MLP receives the Marianist Leadership Scholarship of $3,500 per year. Approximately 16 students are admitted to the program each year.

MLP Application 

The application which requires a current résumé and completed essay questions. In two pages or less, please answer the follow essay questions:

  • Who you are, tell us your story. What makes you, you?
  • What has shaped and continues to shape your character?
  • What role does play faith in your life?
  • How have you built community in your school, neighborhood, parish, or nonprofit?
  • How do you understand leadership and in what ways have you demonstrated leadership?

You must provide one reference that is not related to you. (Ex: Parish member, high school teacher or staff member, community member.)

MLP Retreat - students playing guitar

MLP Retreat-four students posing for a group shot

Opportunities within the Program

Living-learning Community

Members of MLP live in community within the Anthony Frederick Residence Hall located in The Village in order for program members to form relationships, assist one another academically and to build a support system within the Program.

Members in their senior year will have the opportunity to apply to live in the Westminster House, an off-campus community house, across the street from the University. The house’s mission is to bridge the relational gap between St. Mary’s and the Gateway district.Marianist Leadership Program Spring 2015 Retreat

Semi-annual Retreats

Spring Retreat: The spring retreat focuses on each classification’s developmental needs. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors each learn more intentionally about what it means to be faith leader in our society today.

Marianist Lay Communities

Marianist Lay Communities are small faith communities made up of four to six members from each classification within MLP. These communities are the foundation of our program, they are designed to support students in their faith journeys and to challenge them to make a positive impact in the St. Mary’s and San Antonio Community.

Immersion Trips

Members will have the opportunity attend, promote and serve as student leaders for immersion experiences, which provide an extremely unique opportunity to gain insight on social justice issues and the opportunity to stand in solidarity with those living on the margins of society. All immersion trips are open to the broad undergraduate community, with the exception of the Los Angeles Immersion trip, which collaborates with the two other Marianist Universities, University of Dayton and Chaminade University, to bring the Marianist Charism to the homeless in Los Angeles.

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