Michael Hebbeler, M.A.

Discernment and Advocacy Director
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Michael Hebbeler has served as the director of Discernment and Advocacy since 2008. He advises VOICE, works with student clubs and dorm commissioners that engage the local community, and advises senior-level students as they seek postgraduate service opportunities. He leads a seminar at the local St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker House, partners with Catholic Relief Services to train students in advocacy, and instructs a discernment seminar for seniors exploring their respective vocations.

Upon graduating from the University of Dayton, Michael entered the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and served as an advocate for homeless families in Cleveland, Ohio. He then returned to Dayton to pursue an M.A. in theological studies. His thesis, “The Sister Karamazov: Dorothy Day’s Encounter with Dostoevsky’s Novel,” explores how a story can inform and shape a truthful life.

In addition to his current work at the Center for Social Concerns, Michael serves on the advisory boards for the Robinson Community Learning Center, Bertrand Farm, and the Near Northwest Neighborhood, where he resides.

Publications & Presentations



Hebbeler, M. (2015, May). Charcoal in the Classroom: Refashioning the Academic Landscape through Art. Presented at the College Theology Society 61st Annual Convention. University of Portland, Portland, OR. 

Hebbeler, M. (2015, February). From Service to Justice: Seeking Systemic Change through the Development and Implementation of Advocacy Campaigns on College Campuses. Presented at the IMPACT Conference, Los Angeles, CA. 


Hebbeler, M. (2013, November). Entitlement to Enlightenment: Working with Volunteers (and their families) in the Age of Entitlement. Presented at the Catholic Volunteer Network 35th Annual Conference, Silver Spring, MD. 

Hebbeler, M. (2013, March). CRS Advocates: University Students Effecting Change in U.S. Policy Toward Africa. Presented at the Africa Faith and Justice Network 30th Anniversary Conference. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. 


Hebbeler, M. (2012, November). Continuing Mission (and getting paid for it): Volunteer Transition from Service to Employment. Presented at the Catholic Volunteer Network 34th Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH. 

Hebbeler, M. (2012, July). A Guide to Student Formation through Vocational Discernment. Presented at the  Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities 13th Annual Conference. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. 

Hebbeler, M. (2012, October). Educating the Notre Dame Football Team through Community Partnerships. Presented at the National Society for Experiential Education 38th Annual Conference. Milwaukee, WI. 

Hebbeler, M. (2012). Communion, Conversion, Solidarity. Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization, 1,  6-8.


Hebbeler, M. (2011, November). Best Practices in Campus Recruitment. Presented at the Catholic Volunteer Network 33rd Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA. 


Hebbeler, M. (2009, May). A Story-Formed Life: Dorothy Day’s Encounter with The Brothers Karamazov. Presented at the College Theology Society 55th Annual Convention. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.