As the Director of Campus Ministry, Sr. Margie Davis is responsible for coordinating campus service programs and volunteer opportunities, as well as offering faith development opportunities for students.
Sr. Margie makes it her aim to be as present to ODU students as possible, involving herself in just about every activity that student life has to offer. She is available to all students who drop by her office, honing in on her listening skills to provide a welcoming and healthy environment.
“I want to be there for the students in any way that I can,” Sr. Margie said. “It’s important to me to reach out and make a difference.”
Sr. Margie is a Columbus, Ohio, native who grew up in a traditional Catholic home; the family of six regularly attended church every Sunday and have always been extremely close-knit and connected to each other.
During the summers of her college years, Sr. Margie would travel out West where she worked at both Yellowstone and Glacier National Park expanding her horizons and love of travel.
Commenting on this time in her life, Sr. Margie says “My faith seemed to ebb and flow during this time. It wasn’t until I had an experience at a retreat at St. Paul’s parish in Westerville that my life changed and I realized that I wanted to learn as much as I could about my faith and grow in my relationship with God.
Then one day I was watching a TV show about St. Elizabeth Seton, and I began to wonder if God could be calling me to religious life? I got really excited at this idea which started my process discerning a possible call to religious life.
Through this process, I realized that God was calling me to be a Dominican Sister and I entered our Community in 1982. I got to know the Sisters and I felt completely at home. They were so happy and joyful, and I just felt this immense sense of peace inside me that I made the right decision.”
Sr. Margie graduated from Ohio Dominican College and received her Master’s in Social Work from the Ohio State University. She has worked in vocation ministry for 8 years, as well as at the Dwelling Place in New York City for 3 years, and at the Mohun Health Care Center next to ODU's campus.
Always a common face at all Ohio Dominican events – from athletic events to the campus talent show – Sr. Margie is also involved with the Leadership for Peace Program (a collaborative effort between ODU and the Dominican Sisters of Peace), is a mentor for the ASPIRE program, and is a part of Sunday fellowship and prayer service. Eventually, Sr. Margie wants to be able to develop an interfaith program for all students.
Throughout her two years here, Sr. Margie explained that she has not only seen the University grow, but she has also experienced personal growth.
“I’ve grown in confidence,” she says. “When they first asked me to fill the position, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. I’ve always felt comfortable with the young, but I never knew what type of degree you had to have for this type of work. It took a while to learn the system but at this point I do feel confident in my abilities and skills.
I feel comfortable with students, I’m organized, I don’t procrastinate, and I’m a good communicator. And I enjoy every minute of it! I’ve been keeping my life balanced with prayer and work.”
Her goal for Campus Ministry is to see continued growth in student development programs and see it become more open to all faith traditions.
Sr. Margie lives here on campus at the Mother House, but outside of her time at ODU, she enjoys walking in nature, hiking, visiting her many nieces and nephews, reading, crocheting, swimming, and kayaking.