Spiritual Traditions

Feast Days

Sisters of Mercy Foundation Day, Dec. 12

On December 12, 1831, Catherine McAuley, Mary Ann Doyle and Elizabeth Harley professed vows as the first Religious Sisters of Mercy. The new Community of Mercy undertook a mission to serve the poor, sick and uneducated.  The Sisters of Mercy commemorate December 12 each year as Foundation Day, with Mercy companions, associates, volunteers and partners in ministry around the world to celebrate the beginning of the Mercy Institute.  For more on Foundation Day, see the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community site.

Mercy Day, September 24

The Sisters of Mercy celebrate Mercy Day on September 24 in recognition of the date on which Catherine McAuley began the first House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. She used the resources she had available to build a home for women who had none, and to educate those whom she could. She and her Sisters walked the streets to care for the sick poor. They came home to the House of Mercy where they lived, prayed, worked and celebrated.

St. Ignatius Loyola Feast Day, July 31

The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola, a Basque nobleman and soldier, who found God in all things. Today there are over 20,000 Jesuits serving the Church in 112 nations on six continents. The Jesuit order is based on the values of intellect, faith, compassion and service for others.

Spiritual Programs

Busy Persons Retreats

The Busy Person's Retreat is offered annually by University Ministry. For a week, a student or faculty member is paired up with a spiritual guide. The person and the guide meet for 30 minutes a day in a convenient place for prayer and reflection.

Spiritual Opportunities for Students

University Ministry will support your personal development!  But the following activities are designed especially to facilitate your personal growth through reflection, input and interaction.  In one-on-one or small-group settings tailored to the individuals involved, you can focus in on where you're at, what you need, and how the Spirit of God is moving... in you!

  • Horizons Retreat for Incoming Freshmen
  • Liturgical Ministry Retreat
  • Christian Life Community

Lenten Spiritual Exercises Series

John Staudenmaier, S.J., from UDM's Office of Mission & Identity, presents a selection of the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.  The selections are available as UDMcasts. To hear the talks, go to the UDMcast Spiritual Exercises series page.

Spiritual Exercises

Fr. Simon Hendry, S.J., leads faculty and staff in weekly sessions of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises during the school year.