Offering a relationship of our whole selves to serve…

the common good through social action and vocational discernment.

Student-led Groups

  • S.O.U.L. Trips (fall & spring semester)
    Explore faith, community, service and transformation in disadvantaged areas around the country such as Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and more.
  • Peace & Justice Club
    Be an advocate for social justice through education and activism
  • Habitat for Humanity
    Assist in building and advocating for affordable housing in Winona County
  • Knights of Columbus
    Join other Catholic men in service to the community
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.

In addition to local volunteer opportunities, Volunteer Mentors organize trips to Lasallian San Miguel Schools in Minneapolis and the Chicago area and participates in mission style trips like Hurricane Relief in Biloxi, MS. These longer extended trips outside of the Winona area usually take place over scheduled school breaks.

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

The Office of Campus Ministry is located in the Toner Student Center’s lower level. 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
(507) 457-7268
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 7268
Fax: (507) 457-1439
campusministry@smumn.edu