Community Service

cth-2015-volunteersCommunity 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.


Civic Engagement Office
St. Mary’s University

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40 Days of Lent and Service

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.

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Marianist Leadership Program

Group photo of Marianist Leadership Program members by a river

The Marianist Leadership Program is designed to provide 65 students with educational and experiential opportunities focused on faith and leadership within the five pillars of the Marianist Charism – Faith, Mission, Mary, Inclusivity, and Community. Members will have the opportunity to live in a Living Learning community in Anthony Frederick Hall and take SMC classes together to engage in deeper thought around faith in action. Additionally, members attend weekly gatherings in which they engage in a curriculum that incorporates scripture, Marianist values, leadership development, and social justice. The Marianist Leadership Program at its core strives to serve those around them, build community, and share the Marianist spirit.

The Marianist Leadership Program is a diverse community and is searching for students from any academic discipline. The program members are primarily Roman Catholic, but we accept those from any faith background. We are vibrant faith community that loves to eat together, pray together and, most importantly, laugh together!


Each member that fulfills the yearly obligations of the Marianist Leadership Program receives the Marianist Leadership Scholarship. The time requirements of the Marianist Leadership Program varies depending on the time of year but usually requires about 5-7 hours a week. The minimum G.P.A the program requires is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


Group picture of Continuing the Heritage volunteers

The Marianist Leadership Program works through civic engagement to foster a sense of servant-leadership. 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, an event that brings together over 800 students, alumni, faculty, staff and administration to offer over 3,500 hours of service to the San Antonio community.


Members within the program have the opportunity to attend a number of immersion trips around the country that cultivate and foster a deeper understanding an understanding of Catholic social justice. Locations of the immersion trips include: Los Angeles, California; Dayton, Ohio; St. Louis, Missouri; Denver, Colorado; Memphis, Tennessee; and many more!

If you would like to learn more about the Marianist Leadership Program, contact Brian Buchmeyer in the Office of Civic Engagement through email or phone 210-436-3102.

Check for information via Gateway for the application process.

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