Mercyhurst Campus Ministry creates a hospitable environment and a locus for spiritual development of the entire university community. By our grounding in the Catholic tradition and Mercy heritage we support people of all faith traditions or no faith tradition and foster holistic, communal development, and nurture leadership focused in service and justice.
Campus Ministry offers a variety of opportunities for students to get involved. Be a part of weekly fellowship, prayer, and study groups, attend retreats designed for students of all faith and spirituality backgrounds, or participate in one-on-one pastoral counseling. Here is a selection of some of the ministries we offer:
Catholic Devotions provides spiritual growth opportunities coming from the Catholic tradition, including Eucharistic adoration, lectio divina, group discussions, and guest speakers. It is a great place to join in community with others who are connected to or exploring the Catholic faith.
Wednesday Night Fellowship: This welcoming Christian community meets weekly. Group leaders strive to make faith relevant in the real world through speakers, small group interactions, and other engaging activities to encourage and grow each other’s faith.
The Carpe Diem Retreat is a weekend-long retreat open to Mercyhurst students of all backgrounds. This retreat happens once a semester and creates a space to allow students to learn to be more open and honest with themselves, form community with others, and shows them that they are loved and not alone.
MYRACLE (Mercyhurst Youth Retreats and Catholic Leader Education) is a student-led ministry for Catholic students to share their faith and develop leadership skills through hands-on experience. Mercyhurst students plan and lead retreats for youth and families in parishes across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York, and teach high school confirmation classes at a local Catholic parish. Are you a parish interested in booking the MYRACLE team for a retreat? Contact Michelle Scully at email@example.com.
Thursday Night Bible Study focuses on bringing together students on campus who are passionate about growing in their understanding of the Bible. Each Thursday Night, students meet with their peers to dig deeper into the Bible by incorporating relevant verses.
Commuter Ministry provides an opportunity for commuter students to gather and discuss the relevance of God’s word in today’s busy world. Meetings are held earlier in the day so students can be involved without having to drive back to campus.
Student Athlete Gathering takes place weekly as an opportunity for Laker student-athletes to gather, share their faith, and listen to speakers who provide insights about faith development and spirituality.
Sunday Night Discussion Group meets on a semi-regular basis to share issues held in common like acceptance, community, and methods for coping with stress.
All Masses are held in the Christ the King Chapel.
Sundays: 11 a.m. year-round and 7 p.m. when classes are in session
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.
Christmas Eve Mass: 4 p.m.
Are you interested in being married in Christ the King Chapel? Contact our chaplain, Fr. Jim Piszker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Prayer Booklet
Initiated by Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, an online prayer booklet has been specifically designed for the Mercyhurst community.
Who We Are
We are MYRACLE, Mercyhurst Youth Retreats And Catholic Leadership Education, a passionate group of Mercyhurst University students who work together to plan and lead Catholic retreats for students in a variety of settings. We minister to schools, religious education programs, youth groups, and other parish organizations, serving students in grades K-12.
MYRACLE is a faith-centered, student-led organization committed to developing, engaging, and inspiring students and retreatants to know, love, and live the faith vibrantly and to become actively engaged in the life of the Church. The team is made up of 30 students from all grades, majors, and backgrounds who come together to plan and lead retreats for youth, engage in service projects, and participate in various team bonding events.
MYRACLE was formed in 2011, when a small group of MU students discussed the need for effective and enjoyable Catholic retreats in the Erie Diocese, and beyond. Since then, MYRACLE has successfully provided nearly 50 retreats to groups across 3 states, educating over 3,000 youth on faith topics such as community, prayer, sacraments, dating/relationships, and many others. The size of our retreat team currently stands at around 30 members, including MU students from all walks of life.
What We Offer
Throughout our ministry, we have focused on several different retreat topics; however, we are open to any and all suggestions. Some of the retreats and services we currently offer include:
Confirmation Retreat: a spiritually enriching retreat following the guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Erie. In this retreat, we focus on how candidates can step up in their own faith life and within the church community.
Daily Life as a Catholic Teen: a retreat that covers the various aspects of daily discipleship including relationships, prayer life, scripture, and morality.
Service Retreat: a retreat that explores the various aspects of service and invites students to reach out to others in their community through an engaging project.
In addition to retreats, MYRACLE also offers other programs including:
Living Stations of the Cross: reenactment of the Stations of the Cross offered during the Lenten Season.
The aim of our retreats is never to generate profit for MYRACLE or individual team members. Likewise, we put a considerable amount of prayer, thought, time, and effort into each one of our retreats. Therefore, it is necessary for us to collect some form of payment. We aim to keep our resource, training, and marketing costs to a minimum in order to offer our services to you at a manageable rate. We use a pricing system based on distance the team must travel to the retreat site, number of students, length of retreats (in hours), and the age of the students. Finding and securing a retreat location (such as parish hall, gymnasium, or off site location) as well as supplying food are the responsibilities of the parish.
Half of what is made on each retreat is placed immediately back into MYRACLE advancement efforts (materials, advertising, etc.), and the other half goes to support MYRACLE’s plans to complete a service project honoring each of the Corporal Works of Mercy.
If any parish would like a MYRACLE Retreat, but is unable to afford the cost, we are very flexible and willing to make special arrangements.
- MYRACLE has worked with over 3,000 youth across 5 dioceses in 4 years
- The team was the keynote speakers/emcees for the 2013 Diocese of Erie Middle School Youth Rally
- MYRACLE has traveled to the National Catholic Collegiate Conference in Indianapolis in 2011 and 2013
- Received the 2013 Catholic Campus Ministry Association’s Exemplary Award in the category of “Developing Leaders for the Future”
- “YOU GUYS WERE AWESOME! I had an awesome time tonight and felt like I really learned a lot! Thanks so much for taking the time to come down and do this retreat for us! God Bless!” – Retreatant feedback
- “Thank you MYRACLE group for enriching the minds and hearts of St. Mary’s middle school students during the ‘Daily Life as a Catholic Teen’ retreat yesterday. God has blessed you with a special talent in sharing your faith and values with our youth!” – Youth Leader feedback
- “I learned that you don’t have to be a ‘goody-goody’ to be a practicing Catholic. We’re allowed to make mistakes, too, it’s how we learn from them that separates us from the rest.” – Retreatant feedback
- “My favorite thing about MYRACLE is having fun with friends while helping others and teaching them about life and the Catholic faith. MYRACLE is also a way to increase my own faith.” – Team member
- “I love being in MYRACLE because of the sense of community it provides. It gives me a chance to grow in my faith and see the youth we work with grow closer to Christ.” – Team member
If you have any questions about MYRACLE or would like to schedule a retreat, please contact the Team Leaders at email@example.com.