In the Christian tradition, lent is a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving 40 days before Easter. Lent invites us to think deeply about our relationships with God and each other. We spend more time in prayer and reflection. We give up unnecessary things that distract us from being present to God, each other, and ourselves. We engage in activities that will increase the good of others. Lent is a time of healing and renewal. For Christians, it is also a time of hope and surprise as we wait for the resurrection of Jesus at Easter.
All members of the University community are welcome to our Lenten activities! Check out Lenten Activities, Prayer and Reflection, and Service below.
Mercy in the City
Is it possible to be a modern, young, social person while still maintaining an authentic, faith-filled spiritual life? Reflection and talk with Kerry Weber, author of Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job.
Reflection: Tuesday March 11, 5:00 PM
St. Ignatius Chapel
Lecture: Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 PM
Band of Sisters
Watch the remarkable journey of Catholic nuns in the United States, from daughters of the church to sisters of the world. Special showing of Band of Sisters for UDM at Cinema Detroit!
Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 PM
3420 Cass Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Visit a different historical Detroit church and sample their fish fry dinner ever Friday during Lent.
Fridays at 12 noon or 5:00 PM
Stations of the Cross adapted to the city of Detroit followed by a fish fry dinner.
Friday April 11, 5:00 PM
Service in the City
Service projects in a Northwest Detroit neighborhood. Transportation provided. Sign-up the week before in Ministry.
Thursdays 1:00 - 4:30 PM
Prayer and Reflection
Cultivate mindfulness and find God in everyday life. Learn how to pray with the examen, a meditation used daily by Jesuits all over the world. Meet with a group weekly based on your availability.
Sorting Out Spirituality
An opportunity to ask questions about faith, God, relationships, and life. The conversation goes wherever you take it. Ice cream included!
Wednesday March 26, 7:30 PM
Wednesday April 9, 7:30 PM
Little Black Books
Free book with Lenten reflections for your personal prayer this Lent.
Daily Mass in the St. Ignatius Chapel and the Young Martyrs Chapel.