Join a Camino Small Group

“Camino” is Spanish for journey, path, or way. Camino small groups offer Marquette students a regular space to connect in authentic community, build friendships of faith with others, and spend time nurturing their relationship with God each week.

Caminos meet weekly for one hour during the semester and consist of the same 6-10 students. Conversations are facilitated by a trained leader and use Jesuit spiritual practices (as found in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola) to help students live a faith that does justice.

Over the course of a semester, students work to build a strong community through laughter and fun, prayer, discussion of the Scriptures, Ignatian meditations on the life of Christ, sharing of life and opportunities to encourage one another in their walk as disciples.

How does it work?

After applying online, students are paired with five to nine other students of their same year in school. A trained facilitator invites the group together. Each week the group gathers for one hour for what some have called “the best hour of my week.” Your group leader will contact you after the registration period closes to welcome you to your Camino.

This year, Camino will reflect the university’s COVID response plan. Students can identify their preferred meeting format: in-person, hybrid (group meets some in-person and some virtual depending upon individual member’s choices), or all virtual. Camino meetings flexibly moved into virtual meetings last spring; we plan to continue offering Camino throughout the academic year in concert with the university’s COVID response plan and current phase.

Who can participate?

Any Marquette student. Participating students are also strongly encouraged to regularly do some type of community service during the semester.

Where will groups meet?

Residence hall-based groups will meet in a residence hall, while other groups will gather in the Alumni Memorial Union. After you have signed up, you will receive an email prior to your first meeting with the exact time and location of the meeting.

When do groups meet?

Camino small groups have historically chosen to meet on an evening falling between Monday through Thursday. All attempts will be made to help you connect with a group that will work well with your schedule.

Join a Camino small group and make the most of your fall semester.  For more information, contact Steve Blaha at (414) 288-6873.