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Campus Ministry & Spiritual Life

As a Catholic University, DeSales fosters a vibrant spiritual life on campus based on Salesian virtues. The spiritual atmosphere here is welcoming and joyful.

Salesian Spirits
DeSales is guided by the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal. This “Salesian” spirituality is grounded in the virtues of humility and gentleness, encouraging each person to “be who you are and be that well in order to give honor to the Master Craftsman whose work of art you are." Retreats, the liturgical choir, Mass (held every weekday and Sunday evenings), faith sharing groups, RCIA, pastoral counseling and more are all offered through the campus ministry, a proud member of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA).

In day-to-day campus life, DeSales University incorporates the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities' document called Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities into our student life best practices. A companion piece unique to DeSales University— Applying the Principles—is used as a framework for the student affairs team to recruit and educate new university professionals.
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What if I’m not Catholic?

DeSales University is firmly and publicly committed to the principles of Roman Catholic doctrine and morality. Yet, we also recognize that the search for truth requires an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and that love demands an openness to all that is good.

DeSales carefully distinguishes between the free pursuit of truth—which it guarantees every member of the campus community—and its own commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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