Spiritual Life


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. 

Digital Spiritual Resources

 

Foster your spirituality from home with these helpful resources. Have any additions? Email wallace.j@gmercyu.edu or france.m@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 (Applie 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.
  • 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)
  • 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

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.

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. We hope you'll join us!

  • DateFebruary 7-9
  • Location: Brigantine, NJ
  • Cost$20, including a $10 deposit included with your application
  • Application Due DateJanuary 24, 2020

Interested? Please apply by clicking on this link or downloading an application (.PDF). 

Resources

Here are some interesting sites for those interested in spiritual life and personal development:

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. Visit the University's News & Events page to find upcoming opportunities, and stay connected with your own denomination via the list of local houses of worship below.

Sundays:  Need a Ride?

Our local parish is St. Rose of Lima Church, less than 2.5 miles out Sumneytown Pike in North Wales.  Mass is offered on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and on Sundays at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.  The Campus Ministry Van takes students to the 11:30 Mass (beginning 1/22/17); if you would like a ride please contact Julianna Green by Saturday night.

Mass on Mondays

We are pleased to be able to offer Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Chapel (Campbell Hall) on Mondays when school is in session.  

Special Celebrations

Following are some of the special celebrations that are held annually.

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 Michelle France, france.m@gmercyu.edu, or 215-641-5531.

Commitment to Interfaith

Gwynedd Mercy University respects the faith traditions of all of our students. Explore this list of local places of worship to see where you can participate in your own faith tradition (coming soon).

Resources

Here are some interesting sites for those of you who are interested in liturgy and worship:

Sunday Readings and Reflections from St. Louis University
Daily Readings and Reflections from Creighton University
Interfaith Calendar
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops