Educating for Justice and Peace
University Ministry partners with various organizations to take education beyond the classroom. Making students aware of the issues faced by those in our communities and exposing them to the ways to advocate on their behalf fosters faithful citizenship. Whether voting rights, sanctity of life, immigration issues, hunger awareness or educational opportunities, students at OLLU become informed citizens who are ready to transform their world.
A few examples of the events organized by University Ministry include:
For the past several years, OLLU has participated in a domestic mission trip to New Orleans. Each day during the trip is dedicated to each of OLLU’s core values (community, integrity, trust, service) and each day concludes with a theological reflection.
Texas Catholic Advocacy Day
University Ministry has partnered with the Archdiocese of San Antonio to be part of Texas Catholic Advocacy Day at the State Capital in Austin. This day included hundreds of Catholic Texans from throughout the state visiting State Representatives about key societal issues and includes a public rally with several Texas Bishops advocating for specific issues facing the Texas Legislature.
Journey to Freedom Tour
University Ministry has partnered with the Student Leadership and Development Office for the Journey to Freedom Tour. This initiative seeks to uncover the “hidden” history of many enslaved persons within the region, brings to light current artistic forms of resistance to racism, and engages students in practical means of promoting justice and peace within areas in need. The trips have taken students to Louisiana and Alabama.