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 p.m. Student Sunday Mass, assist the priest during the Mass and clean up after the Mass. All sacristans need to be interviewed and trained by the director of University Ministry or the sacramental minister. This can be a volunteer or paid position on Handshake. For those who have ever been altar servers at their church or school, this is a good foundation for this position.

    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 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 8 p.m.
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Noon
    • Tuesday and Thursday at 12:45 p.m.
    • Gesu Parish across the street offers a daily 5:30 p.m. Mass.


    Reconciliation will be offered on campus during the academic year. Schedule TBD 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.
    • Jummah Prayer is offered every Friday during the school year. Connect with the Muslim Student Association (MSA) for the most up-to-date times.

    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 are 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 Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA) from the end of September to Easter each year in collaboration with Gesu Catholic Church. Please meet with the director to register for sacramental preparation.

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

    Contact University Ministry at 313-993-1560 or Anita Klueg at or 313-993-1667.


    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 trained spiritual director/guide at no cost except your time commitment. 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 with the director (generally once a month). We welcome students of all faiths. For more information, please contact one of our spiritual directors, or ask us in our office.


Spiritual Directors

For more information about spiritual direction and available metro Detroit spiritual directors, please visit Manresa Jesuit Retreat House's website.


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, College of Business Administration, Commerce & Finance Building
The St. Ignatius Chapel is a wonderful spiritual resource on University of Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus. Located in the College of Business Administration's Commerce & 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 Sunday to Friday. 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 Gathering Place: McNichols Campus, Shiple Hall

Mercy Gathering Place is located on the first floor of Shiple Hall. A quiet and reflective space that features a beautiful stained-glass portrayal of young people who devote their lives to living out their faith, Mercy Gathering Place is used by faith sharing groups, orientation and reflection for Service in the City and Service Immersion Trip groups and other University Ministry events and programs serving all students.

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 spaces available to our Muslim students for our prayer on campus. One is the Islamic Prayer Room, located on the first floor of the Student Union. The other, the Multi-faith Reflection Room, is located on the ground floor of McNichols Library. There is an ablution space for wudu connected to the one in the Student Union. Please reach out to students in the Muslim Student Association or University Ministry for access to the room.

Holy Spirit Chapel

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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.

Holy Spirit Chapel

Multi-Faith Reflection Room & Peace Pole

Peace Pole

Multi-Faith Reflection Room & Peace Pole: 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. The Peace Pole is located in front of the library and has been used as a gathering place for the community for prayer, vigils and reflections.