Campus Evangelization | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Living the Church's Deepest Vocation

    "Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize, preach and teach, to be the channel of the gift of grace, to reconcile sinners with God, and to perpetuate Christ's sacrifice in the Mass, which is the memorial of His death and glorious resurrection."

    Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14

    St FrancisOur Mission of Evanglization

    In our Ministry of Evangelization at Franciscan, we are committed to helping our University family embrace the call to conversion through fostering a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by first recognizing our call to be evangelized. We then aim to bring the message of the Gospel to others on campus and beyond.

    Since the Church exists to evangelize, we strive to support our University family in living Gospel-centered lives in the heart of the Church and reaching out to all.

    Regular Evangelization Events

    Festivals of Praise

    Please come and join us every month for our Festival of Praise! The night includes lively praise and worship music, exhortations, the sharing of Scriptures, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work among us. We strive as a community to be open to the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit throughout the night and into our daily lives. Student teams lead the worship and music, as well as teams of intercession, discernment, and prayer ministry. Prayer teams ministry follows every Festival of Praise in the Christ the King chapel on campus; this allows God to continue to bless and work in His children. We will at times have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament or prayer ministry during the Festival of Praise. These are on one Saturday a month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Finnegan Fieldhouse. All are welcome - please bring youth and young adult groups!

    Born of the Spirit Retreat

    "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire" Matthew 3:11 This student retreat provides an opportunity for an encounter with the Holy Spirit as well as learning about the gifts and charisms of the Spirit and how to live a life of joy-filled discipleship. In allowing Jesus to reign over our lives, in opening ourselves the Father's healing, we become receptive to the Love of God that is the Holy Spirit and to His gifts and charisms that He offers us. The history of the Charismatic Renewal is taught, in the context of Catholic tradition and the sacramental life of the Church. During the weekend, we will have Mass, adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, Praise and worship, talks, testimonies, fellowship, and food! This retreat is for students only.

    FUS Men's Ministry

    Heeding the Second Vatican Council's declaration that “whoever follows Christ the perfect man becomes himself more a man” FUS Men's Ministry strives to foster Christian discipleship among the men of Franciscan University of Steubenville by pursuing the following goals:

    • Empower men to live an adult Christian life through instruction in the Catholic faith and practical life skills
    • Encourage men in their commitment to Jesus Christ and his Church through group fellowship and prayer
    • Exhort men to live a life of ongoing conversion, growth in Christian virtue, and missionary zeal

    Looking to the example of the great male Saints of our Catholic tradition and recognizing the signs of the times, FUS Men's Ministry earnestly endeavors to deepen in men the awareness of their true masculine identity in Jesus Christ. Thus by “speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph 4:15).

    FUS Women's Ministry

    Believing that the feminine genius is inherent in the soul of every woman, FUS Women’s Ministry seeks to awaken and encourage womens’ gifts of receptivity, sensitivity, generosity and call to motherhood as taught by Pope John Paul II in Mulieris Dignitatem. To that end, Women’s Ministry seeks to accompany women on the journey toward holiness and help them to fully embrace their feminine genius by fostering growth in the following areas:

    • an appreciation of the feminine intellect
    • harmonization of reason and emotion
    • equipping women to experience healthy relationships with God, self and others
    • an understanding of the prophetic role of woman
    • upholding women saints as models of femininity transformed by grace
    • cultivation of the Marian virtues

    As Pope Paul VI said at the closing of the Second Vatican Council:

    And now it is to you that we address ourselves, women of all states—girls, wives, mothers and widows, to you also, consecrated virgins and women living alone—you constitute half of the immense human family. As you know, the Church is proud to have glorified and liberated woman, and in the course of the centuries, in diversity of characters, to have brought into relief her basic equality with man. But the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is under-going so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.

    It is our hope that through our ministry the Women of Franciscan University of Steubenville will truly become women “impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel” who bear the light of Christ to the world.


    The BeLoved Event is a once-a-year event for women. Its goal is to provide the women at Franciscan University an opportunity to experience God’s love by revealing a deeper understanding of true Christian femininity. BeLoved accomplishes this vision by hosting an evening that responds to the specific needs of Christian women through a series of dynamic presentations, powerful worship, and participation in the sacraments.

    Capture My Heart Retreat

    Capture My Heart is a once-a-semester, off-campus, student-led retreat designed to help women embrace the invitation to fall more in love with Jesus Christ. Throughout the course of the weekend women have the opportunity to learn more about the feminine genius, pray together, and receive the love of Christ through times of prayer, praise, and especially the sacraments.


    Fr. Nathan Malavolti, T.O.R.
    Vice President of Pastoral Care and Evangelization

     Robert Siemens
    Director of the Office of Evangelization

    Sr. Sarah Rose Dent, T.O.R.
    Pastoral Associate of Evangelization Praise and Worship Ministries

     Sr. Anna Rose Ciarrone, T.O.R.
    Pastoral Associate of Evangelization Women's Ministries

     Lauren Seback
    Student Assistant for Evangelization 

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