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Faith Programs

Sacred Space

University Ministry wants to support students of any and all faith backgrounds in their desire to grow with God and with their faith community. A variety of services and group activities are available, in addition to those in the University's Catholic tradition. You don't need to feel alone in your search for God. Be part of a prayer group or bible study, join one of the choirs, volunteer to be a student liturgical minister.


    Spiritual Life Communities

    SLCs are a great way to experience the diversity of Detroit Mercy, reflect on our lives, build community, and explore our faith and spirituality. Through weekly gatherings of small groups of five-eight, SLC creates the space for meaningful friendships rooted in God’s love, offering members a spiritual home on campus. The first twelve weeks of SLC offer a chance to build community and explore a deeper understanding and relationship with God through models of Ignatian Spirituality.

    University Ministry offers groups for Catholics, Interfaith, Women, Men or Mixed Gender.

    Register with the SLC application online. Visit the University Ministry Office, in the Student Center across from the bookstore, or contact us at 313-993-1560.


    Spiritual Direction

    Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for individuals to talk on a regular basis with someone they can trust. This person acts as a guide (sometimes called a spiritual friend, companion, or director) for the journey, helping them to find the presence and call of God in the people and circumstances of their everyday lives. It invites them to develop a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human.

    The University Ministry Office can connect you with a spiritual director/guide at no cost except your time. Once you are connected then you will create your own schedule of times/places to meet on a regular basis for the semester or year. We welcome students of all faiths. For more information please contact one of our spiritual directors below, or ask us in our office. 

    Spiritual Directors: 

    Sr. Mary Kay Dobrovolny, RSM (Mercy Sister)  402-889-0359

    Fr. Tom Florek, SJ

    Fr. Mark George, SJ

    Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ

    Fr. Justin Kelly, SJ

    Fr. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ

    Fr. Joel Medina, SJ

    Damian Torres-Botello, SJ

    Fr. Weber, SJ


    Prayer Resources

    Never enough time for prayer? Try some of the following links to get you in a prayerful mood from right where your sitting.

    • Sacred Space: a 10-minute daily prayer based on the day's sacred scripture
    • Sisters of Mercy: Suscipe of Catherine McAuley & Other Prayers: prayers of and inspired by Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy
    • Pray as You Go: a short daily podcast from the Society of Jesus. Other prayer materials include an end of the day reflection and calming exercises to begin prayer
    • Daily Mass readings: sacred scripture for the day, courtesy of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops
    • Spiritual series of UDMcasts: reflections and interviews with current and visiting Detroit Mercy scholars based on the theme of spirituality. Includes a series by John Staudenmaier, S.J. on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
    • Set the World Ablaze: A blog on Ignatian spirituality by John Predmore, S.J.


Busy Persons Retreat

  • Need time out from your busy schedule?
  • Desire an opportunity to reflect on your life and where you are going?
  • Want to grow in your prayer life?

The Busy Persons Retreat is a personalized 4 week retreat that meets only once a week for 30 minutes,  tailored to meet your schedule, in the tradition of Mercy and Ignatian spirituality. Take 30 minutes a day for prayer and reflection, and meet weekly with a spiritual guide at a time and place convenient for you. Please register online or at the Ministry Office at least one week before the retreat.

If you'd like further information, contact University Ministry at 313-993-1560 or at Register Here!

First-year Retreat

August 19-21, 2018  

First-Year Retreat is an off-campus three day, two night experience for incoming students living on or off campus led by student leaders. The retreat focuses on community building and reflections in small and large groups. Students will be allowed to move into their residence hall before leaving for the retreat. We will return to campus in time for the start of first-year student orientation. Bus transportation is provided to and from the center.


If you have any questions or would like more information, don't hesitate to contact our office at or 313-993-1560.

Ministry Tuesdays

Join our student ministry community as we gather for dinner and learning/discussion every Tuesday from 6p-7:30p in the Young Martyrs Chapel (1st floor Shiple).  We play games, have interesting faith discussions, learn more about our faith, and build community every week.  Everyone is welcome.

Women’s Retreat

Women’s Retreat Photo

Inviting any female students on or off campus for a weekend away to unwind, meditate through yoga and art, share words of wisdom as women and create community.


Day-long retreats

We are planning day-long retreats for those students who can't commit to an overnight retreat, but would still like to grow spiritually, and reflect on how God is working in their life.  

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