Prayer Opportunities & Spiritual Support

Our doors are always open. Below you will find a few ways that University Ministry seeks to support the spiritual needs of our community. In addition to these programs and opportunities, Ministry often partners with student groups to host various programs or events across campus. Please let us know how we might work together to offer new opportunities for prayer, reflection, and support on your spiritual journey.

Spiritual Companionship and Direction
Ministry staff are available by appointment or drop-in to offer guidance in exploring your relationship with God, spiritual movements and questions, discernment of life path, or any other spiritual need you may have, as well as supporting your educational pursuits and life journey.

Eucharistic Ministry at the Hospital
This unique service opportunity and spiritual practice invites students to commit to bringing Communion to patients in the Hospital and sharing in a short visit. Eucharistic Ministers gather at the beginning of the year for a formation meeting, and again mid-year for intentional reflection together.

Cura Personalis Small Faith-Sharing Group
Cura Personalis translates as “care for the whole person.” Our Cura Groups meet about every other week, based on the schedules of the members. We invite students to pause from the mental saturation and busyness of life to re-center, breathe, and pray together. The group strives to reflect intentionally on questions of purpose and who we are becoming, as well as life beyond studies.

Marriage Preparation 
HSD Ministry offers a weekend session of Marriage Preparation for all couples who are engaged to be married. This two-day conversation between you and your partner addresses topics such as communication, finances, relationship dynamics, families of origin, and work/life balance. The majority of the time will be spent in dialogue with your partner. However, there will be opportunity for group conversation, as well as conversation with married couples who join us for this program. Couples of all religious traditions are invited to attend. The session is recognized by the Archdiocese of Chicago and satisfies the PreCana requirements of the Catholic Church. There is usually one session offered each spring and fall.

Lenten Prayer Opportunities
During the season of Lent, explore a variety of ways to pray, reflect, center and “pause.”  From Ash Wednesday to Holy Week, University Ministry offers a variety of opportunities each week to try a different modality of communal prayer. Join us one time, or each week! Prayer and reflection opportunities have included: Lectio Divina scripture reading, the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, guided meditation, Ignatian contemplation, and Taize prayer.