Offering a relationship of our whole selves to serve…

the common good through social action and vocational discernment.

 

Student-led Groups

  • Big & Little Pals – Saint Mary’s students are paired with elementary students from Jefferson and Goodview elementary schools in Winona
  • Buddies – People who are developmentally disabled are provided opportunities to interact with each other and with college students

    Serving Others United In Love (S.O.U.L.)

    Offering a relationship of our whole selves to serve…

    the common good through social action and vocational discernment.

    S.O.U.L. – Serving Others United in Love – is your opportunity to learn, serve, reflect and get to know new places and people!

    There are two main purposes of S.O.U.L.:

    • To provide as many students as possible the chance to serve others
    • To enable the Saint Mary’s community to connect with diverse communities throughout the nation and world while enriching the lives of those individuals

    Four Cornerstones of S.O.U.L.

    • Faith.
      Each S.O.U.L. trip engages the spirits of all participants. Each day of a S.O.U.L. trip includes time for reflection, prayer and communication. S.O.U.L. invites each person to become aware of the presence of God within them.
    • Community
      S.O.U.L. trips attempt to build community in two ways. Community is built between all those on the S.O.U.L. trip who might not have known each other before the experience. Also, community is built between trip participants and people from the host site.
    • Service
      S.O.U.L. trips do not attempt to solve the world’s problems in a week, they simply provide students an opportunity to serve and equally as important, to become aware of social injustices. After participating in S.O.U.L. trips, many students feel they have received much more than they gave, though everyone involved benefits equally.
    • Transformation
      The challenges, experiences, and celebrations of a S.O.U.L. trip take the lessons learned in the classroom into the world’s needs. Through prayer, discernment and discussion, S.O.U.L. trips invite students to look at his or her purpose. Are we answering God’s call to serve others, if not, how might we transform or change?
    Volunteer Opportunities

    Offering a relationship of our whole selves to serve…

    the common good through social action and vocational discernment.

    Volunteer Mentors

    Campus Ministry’s Volunteer Mentors uphold the university’s mission statement, which states, “… Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership.” Students are introduced to a variety of volunteer opportunities further acquainting them to the Lasallian philosophy of faith, zeal and service to society.

    Volunteer Mentors coordinate activities between Saint Mary’s students and non-profits in the local Winona area. We help with processing clothing and stocking the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services, with hospitality at the Winona Catholic Worker, and serve breakfast with Early Childhood Education Initiative. These small, but important tasks help make our community better.

    For a complete list of all volunteer opportunities please contact campusministry@smumn.edu.

    The Office of Campus Ministry is located in Vlazney Hall. The office is staffed during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) throughout the academic year.
    Office of Campus Ministry
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    700 Terrace Heights #42
    Winona, MN 55987
    campusministry@smumn.edu