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At Ohio Dominican, we strive to provide opportunities for personal growth and community enrichment through our service programs.

Service is one of the many ways we live out the call to preach the Good News of the Gospel to those we encounter.

Not only is service important for our growth and development as a University, it also impacts the communities we serve, locally, nationally and internationally.

Be sure to join us for one or all of our service opportunities. If you don't see something that interests you, please contact the Office of Campus Ministry to suggest your own ideas. 

  • Appalachia Service Mission Trip (Spring Break 2020)

    Join us as we travel to Rutledge, Tennessee to work with Glenmary Home Missions and help make a difference in another part of the country.


    During our trip, we will work with families and children, and you’ll have an opportunity to meet people, be of service, and become more aware of the needs of our sisters and brothers, along with the power of simply being there for people.

    Limited to 11 students.

    Dates of the trip: March 8-14, 2020
    Application Deadline: Nov. 18, 2019

    Apply  
  • Service Trip to the U.S. - Mexico Border (Spring Break 2020)

    Join us as we travel to San Juan, Texas, near the U.S. – Mexico border, to partner with Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and volunteer at its Humanitarian Respite Center, which provides basic services to refugees.

    The trip will take place during ODU’s spring break, March 6-15, 2020, and will cost between $880 and $1,000. Cost includes airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation.

    Apply Today

    Please note: the application deadline has been extended. Applications are due by Jan. 31, 2020, and will be reviewed by a committee comprised of ODU staff members.

  • Service Opportunities
    Throughout the year, Campus Ministry coordinates service opportunities in the community for ODU student, faculty and staff.
    • Make a Difference Day. Every fall and spring we have a clean up day in the community near campus. Check the calendar for dates. 
    • Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
    • Community Kitchen.
    • "Adopt-A-Sister": Make a difference in the lives of the retired Sisters in residence at Mohun Health Care Center. Contact Fr. Paul for details. 
    • After-school tutoring at Shepard Library. Monday through Thursday: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. You do not have to call ahead – just walk in and people will be there to guide you.
    • St. Stephens Community House. Call (614) 294-6347 for details.
    • YWCA Family Center. Contact Jessica Wichtman-Will at 253-3916. 
    • Bishop Griffin Center. Call (614) 338-8220 for details.
    • Life Care Alliance.Call (614) 278-3130.
  • 2019-2020 Events on Truth

    You’re invited to join Ohio Dominican University during the 2019–20 academic year on an exploration of our academic common theme of Truth.

    The Office of Academic Affairs (through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Center for Dominican Studies are co-sponsoring the events, which provide comprehensive opportunities for the students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends to engage in the conversation together.

    The following events are free and open to the public, and will be held on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.

    • Aug. 22, 2019 – Convocation, Featuring Bishop of Columbus, Robert Brennan; 10:45 a.m. in the Alumni Hall gymnasium
    • Sept. 12, 2019 – “Truth in the Disciplines: A Variety of Perspectives”; Moderator: Michael Dougherty, Ph.D., Sr. Ruth Caspar Chair in Philosophy. Panelist includes: Marlissa Stauffer, Ph.D., Nicole Powell, Ph.D., Brian Besong, Ph.D., and Brad Nelson, Ph.D.; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Sept. 17, 2019 – Constitution Day Celebration, Hamilton Hall
    • Sept. 26, 2019 – “The Truth about Labeling: Advocating for Inclusion”; Presenter: Presenter: Kristall Day, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Oct. 10, 2019 "The Truth about Generation Z: Developing a Broader Appreciation of Today's Student"; Presenter: Natalie Kompa, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Public Relations & Marketing Communications; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Oct. 24, 2019 – "Truth in the Marketplace: From Socrates to Social Media";
      Presenter: Robert Gervasi, Ph.D., President of Ohio Dominican University; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Nov. 7, 2019 – "St. John's Henry Newman's Search for Truth"; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Nov. 13, 2019 – St. Albert the Great Lecture, Presenter: Andrew Phillips, Environmental Specialist 2, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Surface Water; 11 a.m. in the Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
    • Jan. 23, 2020 – St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture, "Mindfulness and St. Thomas: Reason and Good Life"; Presenter: Anthony Lisska, Ph.D. | Maria Theresa Barney Professor of Philosophy, Denison University; 11 a.m. in the Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
    • April 16, 2020 – St. Catherine of Siena Lecture, "Be Who You Were Meant to be and You Will Set the World on Fire"; Presenter: Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    Videos from past events hosted by ODU's Center for Dominican Studies are available to enjoy online.

    See Videos
  • Sunday Fellowship

    Join us in Sansbury lobby for some fellowship time after the Sunday evening Mass at 7 p.m.. All are welcome!