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. 

Under Fire:  Targeted Communities Share Their Stories
Thursday, October 13, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. in Merck Auditorium (Maguire Hall)


Sigma Phi Sigma, GMercyU's chapter of the National Mercy Honor Society, is hosting this Fall Forum in response to the tragic events that have been occuring nationwide and which received substantial media attention this summer.  Members of various communities have rightly been feeling "under fire," including LGBTQ persons, African Americans, Muslim Americans and law enforcement officers.

At the Fall Forum, we will hold a panel discussion facilitated by Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM, inviting representatives of these "targeted communities" to share their stories and their experience of these last months.  S. Michele will invite questions of the panel, and encourage attendees to share their recommendations for next steps here on our campus.

GMercyU's Spiritual Work of Mercy for October is "Forgive All Injuries."  This is a tall order in the face of such deep and ongoing pain, but S. Michele will raise the question of what it means to be members of a Mercy community at such a divisive time in our history, and what we can do to listen to one another and begin to heal.

In other words, to #MakeMercyReal.


Breakthrough Retreat at the Shore
February 10-12, 2017

Break through the murky, the mundane and the mayhem and come away for an awesome weekend retreat sponsored by Campus Ministry and facilitated by a team of student leaders.  Come reflect on your life in the company of old friends and new. There will be times for reflection, conversation, and prayer, as well as fun activities and free time!  The retreat will be held at the Sisters of Mercy's retreat house one block from the beach in Sea Isle City, NJ.  Applications will be available in January.  Questions?  Michelle France, france.m@gmercyu.edu or 215-641-5531.


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 Christine Eberle at 215-641-5590 or eberle.c@gmercy.edu.  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.

Does Everything Happen for a Reason? 

Campus Ministry Director Christine Eberle published an article with this title in the September 2012 issue of Liguorian Magazine. (Hint: the sub-title is "Believing Ourselves into a Crisis of Faith!") Read Christine's article (PDF)!


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