Faith Programs and Retreats

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Faith Programs

University Ministry wants to support students of any and all faith backgrounds in their desire to grow with God and with their faith community. A variety of services and group activities are available, in addition to those in the University's Catholic tradition. You don't need to feel alone in your search for God. Be part of a prayer group or bible study, join one of the choirs, volunteer to be a student liturgical minister.

Busy Persons Retreat

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    Video: What is the Busy Persons Retreat?



    What is a retreat? 

    Taking time for yourself-- to rest, to reflect, to pray, to be renewed, to think, for self-care.  Often a retreat is held at a different location than you normally occupy, like a retreat house, or a cabin, or quiet place away from distractions.  The Busy Persons Retreat, because it's designed for people like you who may not be able to physically get away from your life/work for a few days, is held wherever you are.  At your desk, in your car, in your dorm room, in your office, outside, etc. 

    How much time will this take?

    The Busy Persons Retreat is five weeks long, and begins the week of February 22nd and finishes the week of March 22nd.  Participants are expected to take some time for prayer and reflection several days per week (every day if it's possible, but we encourage you to do it at least 3 days each week.)  You will have a spiritual guide/director assigned to you that you will be expected to meet with once per week during the five weeks. This person will help to guide you personally on the retreat. Their primary goal is to get to know you, and to help you in your spiritual walk, deepening your relationship with God.  

    What if I've never prayed, or spent much time thinking about God/religion? 

    The retreat will meet you wherever you are in your spiritual journey. If you didn't grow up practicing any religion, no problem.  If you have disassociated yourself with a religion, but still consider yourself spiritual-- no problem. If you are a devout Catholic, or Muslim, or Jew, and want to go deeper-- no problem. If you have some experience with retreats but not a lot-- no problem.  If you are unsure if you believe in God, but are curious as to what this retreat has to offer-- no problem. If you attend church every week and want to ask some questions to a trusted spiritual guide-- no problem. In other words- everyone is welcome, no matter where you are in your journey.  

    How can I get more info if have more questions, or if I want to talk to someone more before I sign up? 

    Drop by the ministry office (first floor of Shiple Hall by the colorful mural), or email a minister: greigda@udmercy, or call our office (313)993-1560.  We are happy to talk to you more about the Busy Persons Retreat and answer any questions you might have about it.  

    Is there a cost for the Busy Persons Retreat? 

    No, there is no cost for participants.  

    I think I'm ready to sign up.  What do I do? 

    Click here to sign-up. 

    I signed up-- now what? 

    You will be contacted by University Ministry with more information, as the retreat draws closer.  You will also be assigned a spiritual director/guide and will be given their contact info so you can set up your one-hour sessions. (Sessions begin the week of February 22nd) 



    Ready to sign up for the Busy Persons Retreat for Winter 2021? CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP (Begins the week of February 22nd and ends the week of March 22nd. It runs for 5 weeks.  You will meet with your assigned spiritual director/guide for approx one hour each of the 5 weeks of the retreat. You will take some time for personal prayer and reflection using a variety of resources: music, art, videos, scripture, poetry, prayers, etc.)

Women’s Retreat

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Every year, our Detroit Mercy women gather for a day and/or overnight retreat. It is a time for fun, relaxation, yoga, art, reflection and building community.

Men’s Retreat

Men's Retreat 2017

The Men’s Retreat is an overnight retreat with time for relaxation, reflection, recreation, and prayer. This year, the retreat will be held in the Irish Hills of Michigan at the De Sales Center where there is a low ropes course, and plenty of trees and trails for exploration.

Dates TBA for 2020-21.

Contact Dan Greig with any questions.

Read about our past fall men's retreat on our blog:

First Year Retreat: New Beginnings

The First Year Retreat: New Beginnings is a time for community building, small group reflection and prayer. The retreat takes place before the academic school year begins and registration opens over the summer.

This experience is a wonderful way to make friends on campus early in the year and to ask the question, "Who am I?," "Who do I want to become?" and "Where is God in the midst of all this transition?" Students will be part of small groups that will be invited to meet virtually once a week for six weeks following the event to continue building relationships and creating a sense of belonging at Detroit Mercy.

Transfer students are welcome to attend!

For questions or concerns, please contact University Ministry Director Anita Klueg at

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    Christian Life Communities

    CLCs are a great way to experience the diversity of Detroit Mercy, reflect on our lives, build community, and explore our faith and spirituality. Through weekly gatherings of small groups of five-eight, CLC creates the space for meaningful friendships rooted in God’s love, offering members a spiritual home on campus. The first twelve weeks of CLC offer a chance to build community and explore a deeper understanding and relationship with God through models of Ignatian Spirituality.

    University Ministry offers groups that meet in-person or virtually.   Please contact Dan Greig, for more info or to join a CLC. 


    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.


    Prayer Resources

    Never enough time for prayer? Try some of the following links to get you in a prayerful mood from right where your sitting.

    • Sacred Space: a 10-minute daily prayer based on the day's sacred scripture
    • Sisters of Mercy: Suscipe of Catherine McAuley & Other Prayers: prayers of and inspired by Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy
    • Pray as You Go: a short daily podcast from the Society of Jesus. Other prayer materials include an end of the day reflection and calming exercises to begin prayer
    • Daily Mass readings: sacred scripture for the day, courtesy of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops
    • Spiritual series of UDMcasts: reflections and interviews with current and visiting Detroit Mercy scholars based on the theme of spirituality. Includes a series by John Staudenmaier, S.J. on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
    • Set the World Ablaze: A blog on Ignatian spirituality by John Predmore, S.J.