Pray with Campus Ministry


Gwynedd Mercy University’s Campus Ministry offers a variety of retreats and faith-sharing opportunities throughout the year to support the spiritual development of the entire GMercyU community.

Our goal is to help the GMercyU community pause to engage questions of significance and to pray and reflect on your personal experiences in the pursuit of lives of deep meaning. 

Liturgy and Worship

Our vision of Campus Ministry calls us to celebrate the Catholic/Christian faith of our sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy, and to encourage others to live their faith more fully. Our desire is that people who engage our liturgy and worship experiences – especially over time – will seek an active and meaningful relationship with God, giving witness to Gospel values and the charism of Mercy.

To facilitate this relationship, we offer a variety of Catholic, ecumenical and interfaith prayer experiences throughout the year. 

Mass

The Eucharistic Celebration (Mass) is a concrete expression of our identity as a Catholic, Mercy institution. Our goal is that the Mass can be a fruitful experience of God's unconditional love and grace for all who attend. 

Masses will take place Sundays at 6:30pm in the Glass Lounge of the Triplex and Wednesdays at 1:15pm in the University Chapel at Campbell Hall.

All are welcome to participate in Mass. 

On-Campus Prayer Opportunities

In-person, on-campus prayer services will be held throughout the year on a variety of different topics. These opportunities will be livestreamed through social media. Please follow our Instagram (@gmercyuministry) or our Facebook Page (Gwynedd Mercy University Campus Ministry) for the date, time, and location of each prayer! Contact Jeff Wallace (wallace.j@gmercyu.edu) with any questions or comments. 

Special Celebrations

The Gwynedd Mercy University campus community offers special prayer opportunites to celebrate our Catholic, Mercy identity. 

Liturgical Ministries

We encourage students, faculty, and staff to get involved in our liturgical celebrations as singers, musicians, lectures, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and leaders of prayer. Interested? Contact Jeff Wallace, director of Campus Ministry, at wallace.j@gmercyu.edu or 215-641-5590.

    Retreats

    First-Year Retreat

    First-year students are invited to participate in the First-Year Retreat! This on-campus experience will help first year students (transfers and freshman) start their journey at GMercyU on the right foot. You can register here (Microsoft Forms) or find us on GriffinEngage under "Campus Ministry." For more information, contact Jeff Wallace at wallace.j@gmercyu.edu

    Breakthrough Retreat

    Griffins are invited to "break through" the murky, mundane mayhem of every day and come away for an awesome weekend retreat sponsored by Campus Ministry. The retreat is planned and facilitated by students and designed for you to reflect on your life amongst old and new friends. There will be time for individual reflection, group conversations, fun community building activities, and opportunities for free time. 

    Interested students can contact Jeff Wallace for more information.

    Commitment to Interfaith

    Gwynedd Mercy University respects the faith traditions of all of our students. 

    Common Prayer Space

    We are pleased to offer students who wish to practice their own religion or spirituality a space for prayer, meditation, or any other form of spiritual expression. Interested students can find this space on the second floor of Visitation House. For more information, contact Jeff Wallace at wallace.j@gmercyu.edu.

    Interfaith Meditation

    Campus Ministry is offering a monthly opportunity for Interfaith Meditation in the Common Prayer Space, located on the 2nd floor of Visitation House. Interfaith Meditation is an opportunity for those with different worldviews and faith backgrounds to gather and share in a moment of quiet prayer together. The prayer will be led by Director of Campus Ministry, Jeff Wallace.

    For questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to Jeff directly (Wallace.j@gmercyu.edu)

    Interested students can contact Jeff Wallace for more information. 

    Local Houses of Worship

    Click here to download a list of different houses of worship in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties 

    List of Religious Holidays

    Gwynedd Mercy University provides time away to students for specific Catholic/Christian religious holidays, such as Christmas, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday. However, the GMercyU campus community is comprised of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds that have unique observances and holidays. University policy permits undergraduate and graduate students to observe religious holidays that conflict with the academic schedule without penalty (UG Couse Catalogue, pg. 5; Grad. Course Catalogue, pg. 4).  

    Therefore, Campus Ministry and the Division of Mission Integration provides this list of religious observances and holidays for the benefit of the campus community. The hope is that faculty, staff, and administrators will use this list as a reference. This list is not completely inclusive of all religious holidays. To offer suggestions or include religious observances or holidays not included in this list, please contact Jeff Wallace at Wallace.j@gmercyu.edu. For further questions or concerns, please contact Tatiana Diaz at diaz.t@gmercyu.edu.  

    Prayer Intentions

    • You are welcome to write your prayer intentions in our book outside of Chapel in Campbell Hall.
    • To request the prayers of the University community in the event of the death of a close relative of a Gwynedd Mercy University faculty member, staff member, or student, please contact Jeff Wallace, Director of Campus Ministry, at 215-641-5590.  When possible, please obtain permission from the bereaved individual, and include as much information about funeral arrangements as possible.
    • Beautiful Gwynedd Mercy University Mass Cards are available to bring to a wake or funeral, or to send to someone in need of healing; names of all those being remembered in prayer are listed outside of Chapel.  Contact Jane Coughlin in Institutional Advancement, Coughlin.j@gmercy.edu or 215-641-5590 ext. 21177.

    Digital Spiritual Resources

    Foster your spirituality from home with these helpful resources. Have any additions? Email wallace.j@gmercyu.edu. 

    Livestreamed Catholic Masses

    Livestreamed Christian Services

    Livestreamed Shabbat Services

    Podcasts with a Spiritual Focus

    Listen or subscribe to these podcasts wherever you listen to podcasts (I.e. Spotify, Apple Podcast app, etc.)

    Jesuitical - Each episode brings some of the top (and maybe more obscure) Catholic news of the week and an interview with a guest who offers a unique perspective on world events, culture or faith. At the end of the show, Zac, Ashley and Olga invite the listener into their faith lives by sharing their consolations and desolations from the week  

    Tablet Magazine Presents Unorthodox - Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz

    The Muslim Life Hackers - Muslim Life Hackers brings you life hacks to help YOU live better, achieve more, and thrive in this world (& the hereafter in sha Allah). They take on relevant topics and invite a variety of guests to share their insights on our podcast show. You can catch the latest episode by subscribing to our email list below.

    Pray-As-You-Go - Pray-As-You-Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly while traveling to and from work, study, etc.

    Meditation Oasis - Meditation Oasis features guided meditations, instructions for meditation, and music for meditation

    The Liturgists - The Liturgists Podcast is a genre-bending, chart-topping exploration of the most interesting and pressing topics of our time through the lenses of art, science, and faith.

    On Being with Krista Tippett - A Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast. What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.

    Becoming Wise - Depth and discovery in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world.

    The Deep Spirituality Podcast - Listen to episodes of Deep Spirituality on your favorite podcast app. These interactive and engaging podcast episodes are meant to inspire you to go deeper in your relationship with God by providing candid discussions on spiritual topics and compelling scriptures from the Bible.

    Homilies by Richard Rohr, OFM 

    Smart Phone Apps with a Spiritual Focus

    Download these apps in the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android)

    • Mercy Prayerbook -- Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (iPhone only).
    • Hallow -- A Catholic meditation app to help you find peace and grow in your spiritual journey.
    • Calm -- Calm is a meditation, sleep and relaxation app edicated to introducing our world-wide community to the amazing benefits of mindfulness.
    • The Book of Common Prayer (Apple iPhone or Android Phones-- Common Prayer helps today’s diverse church pray together across traditions and denominations with morning, midday, and evening prayers for every day of the year.
    • Reimagining the Examen (Apple iPhone or Android Phones-- Reimagining the Examen is a fresh and customized prayer experience inspired by St. Ignatius’s Examen, a practice that helps you review your day with God.
    • More coming soon!

    Spiritual Social Media Resources

    • Sisters of Mercy on Instagram (@mercysisters) - The Sisters of Mercy are posting weekly prayers during Lent.
    • GMercyU Campus Ministry on Instagram (@gmercyuministry)
    • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Instagram (@usccb)
    • Pope Francis on Instagram (@franciscus)
    • Archbishop of Philadelphia Nelson Perez on Instagram (@archbishopperez)
    • America Media on Instagram (@americamedia)
    • Practical Muslim on Instagram (@practicalmuslim)
    • Unorthodox Podcast on Instagram (@unorthodoxpodcast)
    • Black Liturgies on Instagram (@blackliturgies)
    • The Nap Ministry on Instagram (@thenapministry)
    • Fr. James Martin, SJ Facebook Page -  Fr. James Martin, SJ is hosting daily faith sharing live on his Facebook page. He is a Jesuit priest who has written a variety of books, including Building a Bridge, Between Heaven and Mirth, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, and My Life with the Saints

    Spiritual Web Resources