To Lead is to Serve Others.
At Saint Francis, ‘leadership’ and ‘service’ are synonyms. That’s because both leadership and service give us opportunities to build friendships and connections to our community while deepening our relationship with Christ.
Becoming a Student Missionary at the University of Saint Francis is an opportunity to channel your love for Jesus Christ into a meaningful mission. Imagine being a guiding light for fellow students, fostering connections that go beyond words. As a Student Missionary, you’ll play a pivotal role in crafting experiences that touch the soul—from planning transformational events to leading inspiring Bible studies and prayer groups.
Your presence will be a welcoming beacon, creating a warm and inviting space for every individual to explore their faith journey. This is more than a role; it’s an invitation to shape lives and be a catalyst for transformation.
Student Missionary positions are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. To prepare, Student Missionaries participate in the university’s student leadership program, along with our Spiritual Leadership Formation Program. The latter is a year-long program centered on the following pillars:
- Human formation
- Spiritual formation
- Intellectual formation
- Pastoral formation
To learn more, contact Campus Ministry.
Service isn’t just about giving back; it’s a transformative journey that shapes character and hones valuable skills. At the University of Saint Francis, we’re excited to offer students a gateway to make a difference and grow in profound ways.
Our service opportunities go beyond the surface, delving into the heart of what it means to be compassionate and empowered. By immersing yourself in these experiences, you’ll not only impact lives but also cultivate attributes that will stay with you long after graduation.
March for Life: Join us as we stand up for the unique dignity of each person by participating in student trips to local and national marches, held in both Fort Wayne and Washington, D.C.
Dive into Service Projects: You’ll find a range of service opportunities and events at Saint Francis that allow you to contribute in meaningful ways:
- Christian Appalachian Project: Embark on our annual spring break service trip, dedicated to making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need.
- Formula for Life: Venture on our annual service trip to Haiti and witness the transformative power of service firsthand.
- U Can Crush Hunger: Play a part in the fight against food insecurity by supporting the Community Harvest Food Bank through this impactful initiative.
- MLK Service Events: Honor the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., by participating in service events that embody his spirit of unity and equality.
Your journey through service starts here, where you’ll not only make a positive impact but also nurture qualities that will serve you in every facet of life. Let’s create change, together.
“My faith has grown tremendously since I’ve been at Saint Francis. I love the fellowship within Campus Ministry. We have deep friendships because we have the same goal: to better our lives, grow our relationship with Jesus, and serve the world.”Colin White ’23 Political Science
“I chose Saint Francis for a few reasons: the quality of its Nursing program was a priority, but I also liked that it’s Catholic. I want to be a well-rounded, God-centered person and a compassionate nurse. The Franciscan values teach us to care for and respect others in deep ways. They will make me a better human being and nurse.”Paige Fortkamp ’25 Nursing
“One of my favorite things about a Catholic education is the focus on service. I love the feeling of helping others. It broadens you.”Margaret Kelly ‘23 Business Administration
“I was drawn to USF because it’s faith-based. I was homeschooled and was able to develop a strong faith foundation. I wanted to be at a place where I can build on that and here, you learn ethics along with the course content. It’s helping me become a reliable and caring professional. Building trust in the field of Accounting is important to me.”Philip Eichman ‘24 Accounting
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We are here for you. Spiritual accompaniment is about supporting the whole person in times of personal crisis, including our spirits. We will always show you grace, love, and compassion.