Faith and Service

A Transformative Community

Xavier University is a Jesuit, Catholic University rooted in the belief that learning and spirituality go hand in hand. Our mission is to educate each student intellectually, morally and spiritually. Our vision is a world changed for the better. Take a look at some of the offices and programs that offer students opportunities to worship and serve in our community and beyond.

Catholic Mass at Bellarmine Chapel

Located in the heart of campus, Bellarmine Chapel is the religious hub of Xavier. Catholic Mass is celebrated daily in either the main sanctuary or side chapel. In addition to worship services, the church offers mission work, religious education and small group opportunities for study.

Bellarmine Chapel Website

Non-Catholic Faith Traditions and Services

More than 15 different religions are practiced among Xavier students, including most Christian denominations as well as those from Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Shinto faiths. Explore how non-Catholic Xavier students practice faith on campus.

Non-Catholic Faith Traditions and Services

Service Opportunities for Students

Xavier students log an average of 80,000+ hours of community service per year, helping more than 160 local, national and international organizations. The Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice (CFJ) provides students opportunities to serve, pursue justice and deepen their spiritual lives.

Center for Faith and Justice
Xavier students on their Alternative Breaks trip to Catalina Island, California

Alternative Breaks Service-Learning Trips

Alternative Breaks are trips where college students participate in service opportunities during their fall or spring breaks. Each destination in this student-organized program highlights a particular social justice issue that students spend time exploring and learning about long before the trip itself. 

Information about Alternative Breaks at Xavier

Scholarships for Service-Driven Students

A select group of students choose Xavier precisely because of its focus on service and are awarded scholarships to make service a central focus of their Xavier education. Students who want to continue volunteering in college love that Xavier offers a scholarship to students who commit to 10 hours of service a week, called the Community-Engaged Fellowship.

Community-Engaged Fellowship Scholarship Details