Faith Programs and Retreats

Faith Programs

Sacred Space

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.

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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 Tuesdays at 8:15 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.

    Register here. Visit the University Ministry Office, in the Student Center across from the bookstore, or contact us at 313-993-1560.


    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 below, or ask us in our office. 

    Spiritual Directors: 

    Sr. Mary Kay Dobrovolny, RSM (Mercy Sister)  402-889-0359

    Fr. Tom Florek, SJ

    Fr. Mark George, SJ

    Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ

    Fr. Justin Kelly, SJ

    Fr. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ

    Fr. Joel Medina, SJ

    Damian Torres-Botello, SJ

    Fr. Weber, SJ


    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.


Students sitting around a campfire at a retreat.

First Year Retreat

The First Year Retreat is for incoming students before the official move-in, August 23-25, 2020. In addition to an early move-in, students attending this retreat will engage in community building, prayer and goal-setting. This is a wonderful way to make friends before orientation and to ask the questions, "Who am I?," "Who do I want to become?" and "Where is God in the midst of all this transition?"

This year's retreat will be held at Skyline Camp and Retreat Center, 5650 Sandhill Road in Almont, Mich., 48003.

Cost is $100 and includes food, lodging and transportation to and from the retreat. Payments can be made by credit card in the Student Accounting Office on the ground floor of the Fisher Administration Center. If paying by check, please make check payable to University Ministry and mail to:

Detroit Mercy University Ministry
Attn: Calla Baumgartner
4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221-3038

For questions or concerns, please contact Calla Baumgartner at 313-993-1560 or


Collage of students participating in First Year Retreat activities, including group discussions and outdoor games.

Ministry Mondays

Join our community as we gather for dinner, prayer and discussion Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Shiple Hall's Mercy Place.  All are welcome as we grow in our faith together, learning who Christ is and how we can more closely follow Him.

Day-long retreats

We are planning day-long retreats for those students who can't commit to an overnight retreat, but would still like to grow spiritually, and reflect on how God is working in their life.

Women’s Retreat

Women’s Retreat Photo

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.

Dates TBA for 2020-21.

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: