Liturgy and Prayer

Faith formation can be an important part of any student’s college career, and University Ministry invites students to participate in prayer and liturgy for their own spiritual development. While classes are in session, Students have the opportunity to attend Mass, receive the sacraments, and participate in spiritual direction for their own personal growth.

Liturgical and Music Ministry

University Ministry is always looking for students who would like to be involved in the 9 p.m. student liturgy. Students can participate as:

  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Lectors
  • Sacristans
  • Music Ministers

If interested, please contact University Ministry at or 313-993-1560.

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    Liturgical and Music Ministry Descriptions

    eucharistic setting.jpgExtraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

    Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist assist the priest in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during the 9 p.m. Mass. Students who wish to participate in this ministry should contact University Ministry to schedule a training.


    Lectors proclaim the first and second readings during the 9 p.m. Mass. Students who wish to participate in this ministry should contact University Ministry to schedule a training.

    female liturgical sacristan in st. ignatious chapelSacristans

    Sacristans set up for the 9:00 p.m. Mass, assist the priest during the Mass and clean up after the Mass. The sacristan is a Ministry Leadership position. Students who wish to participate in this ministry should apply to be a Ministry Leader in March.

    Music Ministry

    Music Ministry meets for rehearsal every Sunday at 8 p.m. before the weekly 9 p.m. student Mass. Director Dan Greig welcomes singers and instrumentalists of all kinds.  Music reading skills are helpful but NOT required.

    Join us at 8:00 p.m. every Sunday during the semester! Photograph of student drumming during Mass.

Campus Worship Schedules

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    McNichols Campus

    Catholic Mass - Mass in St. Ignatius Chapelmass in st ignatius chapel

    Mass is offered during fall and winter semesters at St. Ignatius Chapel - McNichols Campus:

    • Sundays at 9 p.m.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Noon. 
    • Gesu Parish across the street offers a daily 5:30 p.m. Mass.


    Reconciliation is offered the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 8-9 p.m. in the classroom next to St. Ignatius Chapel, and also every Saturday, 4-4:45 p.m. at Gesu Church (across McNichols Road) or by appointment with the priests below:

    McNichols Campus - Islamic Prayer

    • Islamic Prayer Room is located on the first floor of the Student Union.

    Corktown Campus

    Catholic Mass

    Mass will be offered at the Dental School on special holidays and Feast Days. This will be announced by University Ministry.
    Interested in joining a virtual small faith sharing group? Contact Dan Greig for more information.

    Riverfront Campus

    For Mass times at Ss. Peter and Paul Church on the Riverfront Campus, please visit the church's website.

Sacramental Preparation

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    Interested in Becoming Catholic?

    catholic elect and sponsorIf you're wondering about the Catholic Church, its beliefs and practices, or are thinking about becoming Catholic, come and explore with us. For those who are not baptized, we offer RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) from end of September to Easter each year. Please meet with the director to register for this sacrament.

    If you are already Catholic, we invite you to join these sessions with those seeking the sacraments to strengthen and deepen your own knowledge and prayer life.

    We offer sessions for those interested at times convenient for all.

    Contact University Ministry 313-993-1560 or Anita Klueg at


    Confirmation and First Communion

    If you were baptized Catholic, but now would like to make your First Communion or be Confirmed, we can do that! Contact University Ministry 313-993-1560 or Anita Klueg at

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, or ask us in our office.

Spiritual Directors


University Ministry has several spaces across the McNichols Campus that students can use for their spiritual and faith needs.

St. Ignatius Chapel

St. Ignatius Chapel: McNichols Campus, Commerce and Finance
The St. Ignatius Chapel is a wonderful spiritual resource on the University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus. Located in the Commerce and Finance building, the combination of contemporary and traditional architectural forms found in the chapel makes it an ideal place for worship, prayer and reflection.

Catholic Mass is offered in the chapel. Please see the worship schedule for days and times. People of all faiths are welcome to the chapel and services.

Mercy Place

Mercy Place office

Mercy Place: McNichols Campus, Shiple Hall

Mercy Place is located on the first floor of Shiple Hall. A quite and reflective space that features a beautiful stained-glass portrayal of young people who devote their lives to living out their faith. Mercy Place is a gathering space for social events, Christian and Spiritual Life Communities and other student groups, as well as a place of prayer and reflection for residential students.

Mercy place is temporarily closed due to the renovations of Shiple Hall, but will be re-open in the Fall of 2023.

Reflection Garden

reflection garden

Reflection Garden: McNichols Campus, Near the Bell Tower

The garden is a place of beauty to sit, reflect and be with others. The Detroit Collaborative Design Center worked with the University Ministry Office and focus groups of students and employees on campus to create the beginnings of this garden. Thanks to a donation from the Brolick family we have been able to complete Phase One of the project. Fundraising efforts will help us complete the final phase.

Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms

Islamic students praying

Islamic Prayer Rooms: McNichols Campus
There are two Islamic Prayer Room/Mosques on campus. One is located on the main floor of the Student Union. The other is located on the ground floor of Reno Hall. Welcome to all Muslim students. There is an ablution space for Wudu. Please reach out to students in the Muslim Student Association or University Ministry for access to the room.


Holy Spirit Ecumenical Chapel: McNichols Campus, Student Union
The Holy Spirit Chapel is located on the ground floor of the Student Union, located at the end of the hall of study rooms. It is open to all students for prayer and reflection.

Multi-Faith Prayer Room: McNichols Campus, Library
The Multi-Faith Reflection Room is on the ground floor of the McNichols Campus Library. Open to all students for prayer and reflection. There is a basket of prayer rugs for Muslim students' use.