Campus Ministry serves as the spiritual center for campus life. Recognizing and celebrating its Catholic identity, the ministry provides Catholic spiritual practices to the college community. In the spirit of ecumenism and dialogue, Campus Ministry offers prayer opportunities, spiritual guidance, and activities for those from Protestant and other religious traditions.
Campus Ministry encourages open dialogue about the spiritual journey from various perspectives. The ministry team includes a Director, a Catholic Priest as College Chaplain, an Assistant Director, an Administrative Assistant, a Director of Liturgical Music and a Graduate Assistant for volunteer and special programs. Together, they welcome all students to enjoy the comfort and hospitality of the Campus Ministry lounge, located in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union.
Each member of the team is available for pastoral counseling as students make their faith journeys and also when they want to process and evaluate events and issues in their lives. The formal worship offerings and schedule are outlined below:
- Sunday Mass is celebrated at 11:00am year round and 8:30pm, when school is in session.
- Daily Mass is celebrated at 8:00am on Monday – Thursday when school is in session.
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation is scheduled weekly, before and after masses, and by appointment.
- Regular Interfaith celebrations and ecumenical services are scheduled at announced times.
- Information and assistance to local worship sites is available for interested students.
- Student musicians of all faiths are invited to participate in our Catholic Masses and our weekly ecumenical Praise and Worship program.
Many opportunities are offered by Campus Ministry for faith expression, spiritual exploration, peace and justice, and service to others, including:
- Student-led Bible study engages students in reading and reflecting upon sacred scripture.
- Students can explore the Catholic faith for personal knowledge or for Confirmation preparation. All are welcome to explore without obligation.
- Prayer groups (Praise and Worship) offer students interactive, ecumenical forms of reflection and worship.
- Devotional opportunities (Rosary and Eucharistic Exposition) help students to deepen their Catholic faith.
- Discussion groups (Peace Talks, Soup and Simplicity and Theology on Tap) allow students to engage in thoughtful discussions about their beliefs and spiritual practices.
- Faith sharing groups provide students the opportunity to discuss important issues and concerns while building a mutually supportive environment.
- Weekend retreats, arranged by the Campus Ministry team, provide students with focused activities for better a better understanding of God, themselves, and others.
- Outings (night hikes, stargazing and camping) offer unique opportunities to discover God in the created world and one another.
- Special service projects and programs are offered for student athletes.
- Service activities include:
- Work with the local poor, inner-city children, the elderly and refugees
- Conducting food drives
- Joining our excellent chapter of Habitat for Humanity and help to build houses and awareness for our nation’s poor
- A variety of mission trips are conducted during school breaks both in the United States and to other countries.
- Peace & Justice opportunities include human rights advocacy, Pro Life activities
- A variety of discussion groups centering on social justice issues.
Students are encouraged to stay posted by frequently visiting our site in the Mercyhurst portal and by signing up to receive our weekly e-bulletin for Campus Ministry.
Campus Ministry also features a Gift Ministry. This Ministry offers Gift Baskets for your daughter/son in celebration of birthdays, holidays, milestones, or just a gesture of thoughtfulness.
Office Location: Student Union