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Encountering Faith; Transforming Life

Welcome, Incoming Students!

Happy Callings StudentsThere are so many ways to get involved with Campus Ministry! Explore the links to the right to help you get started.

Michael Currin, prayer and support information

A memorial for Michael has been created in the Immaculate Conception Chapel, which is open from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. You may visit anytime to offer a prayer, have a moment of presence and remembrance, or seek comfort in faith.

Campus ministers, counseling staff, housing and residence life staff, and the Dean of Students Office are available for individual support for all those who may be affected by this loss. Find those resources at Flyer Families under Student Resources. 

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Mid-Autumn Festival Thursday, October 1, 2020

Members of the University of Dayton community celebrate important religious holidays and cultural celebrations that span many different faith and cultural traditions.  Thursday, October 1st is Mid-Autumn Festival, a fall (or autumn) festival celebrated in China and other countries throughout East Asia. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is the second largest festival in China, taking its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The name, Moon Festival, comes from the moon being the roundest and brightest during this time of year. Ancient Chinese observed that the moon had a close relationship with changes in seasons and agricultural production. To give their thanks to the moon, and celebrate the full harvest, they offered sacrifice to the moon during autumn days. Common sacrifice is now demonstrated in late night gatherings to gaze at the beauty of the full moon.

Some believe the full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and a time for family gatherings. Celebrations for Mid-Autumn festival include outdoor reunions among friends and family to honor cultural and regional customs. Among these customs is eating large meals, burning incense, large performances, carrying or displaying brightly lit lanterns, and eating mooncakes. Mooncakes are the most popular celebration of the day. Mooncakes are traditional Chinese pastries made of flour with sweet or savory fillings. The mooncakes are a symbol of the family reunion, and the cake is traditionally cut into pieces that equal the number of people in a family. 

Religious and cultural holidays are both solemn times of religious observance and festive times of celebration for families and communities.  As a Catholic university, the University of Dayton strives to be a place where people of all religious and cultural traditions live, learn and deepen their faith.  May this time of renewal and celebration be filled with joy and learning for all.  Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all! 

Religious Accommodations at the University of Dayton

"As the semester unfolds, we want to remind everyone that students, faculty, and staff celebrate important religious holidays spanning many different faith traditions." Find out more about how we support the many different faith traditions represented here in our campus community.

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Campus Ministry is Here for You

We are here to assist you, listen to you and support you. Whether you want to find out about retreats and small journey groups to enhance your spiritual life, have a great idea for a faith and/or service club, need direction to organize a social justice event or just want to talk, we are here!

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Liturgy Updates as of September 25, 2020

All Masses will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Attendance is permitted at these Masses but registration is required. Remember to join the group "Campus Ministry Mass, Interdenominational Worship and Public Prayer" on 1850 to make registering for Mass easier.

Eucharistic Exposition will take place Tuesday and Thursday after Mass until 9:00pm and Friday after Mass until 3:00pm.

Liturgy updates will be provided as conditions change. Thank you for your understanding. 

Interested in Engaging with the REAL Dayton?

Join us on the REAL Dayton community engagement experience! Over two days you will get to know more about your UD home, the people, opportunities and challenges of the Gem city.

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Explore Retreats

Campus Ministry is offering a terrific selection of Retreats for the Fall semester. Whether you would like to be involved with scheduled virtual group activities or a personal, on-your-own schedule, Campus Ministry has a retreat for you.

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What's Your Story?

Campus Ministry's Christian Leadership, Vocation and Retreats team has launched a new podcast, "Sacred Stories". This bi-weekly podcast will engage a member of the UD community to share an excerpt from a sacred text and how an experience from their life intersects or parallels that text.

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6 Feet Apart But Together in Faith

This school year is beginning like no other year in the past, but Campus Ministry is ready to be part of your UD experience.

6 Feet Apart But Together in Faith

This school year is beginning like no other year in the past, but Campus Ministry is ready to be part of your UD experience.

Faith/Mission 08.18.20
The Stories of Our Lives

...each of our stories is unique, continually unfolding, and worthy of respect; that we must be gentle and careful with another’s life stories and not assume we know either the beginning or the end of anyone’s story.

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Faith/Mission 08.05.20
A Prayer for Educators, Parents, and Students

While every school year is unique, this year is beginning with unprecedented challenges and opportunities.  We are grateful to Fr. Satish Joseph, Pastor of Immaculate Conception & St. Helen parishes, for this wonderful prayer to start the year.

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Faith/Mission 06.12.20
Fall Semester: Be Like a Brook

Change. Uncertainty. Apprehension.  What will Fall semester look like at UD? How will physical distancing affect our sense of community?

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Faith/Mission 07.21.20
Prayer for All Times and Seasons: Liturgy of the Hours on Campus

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on in our community, I have found myself relying more and more each day on the Liturgy of the Hours and the way that it invites us as a community of believers to connect with our ancestors of faith in longing for the fullness of time and redemption of all people. 

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We should not let it be said that George Floyd died for no reason. We should honor the sacrifice of his life by removing racism and hate from our hearts and renewing our commitment to fulfill our nation’s sacred promise — to be a beloved community of life, liberty, and equality for all.

Archbishop José Gomez

President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Resources to Help Us Pray Together When Apart

Guided prayers and reflections, the University of Dayton Psalter and other faith resources.

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University of Dayton Selected as a Top School for Service

University of Dayton, Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concern have been selected by the Catholic Volunteer Network as one of their 2020 Top Schools for Service.

University of Dayton Selected as a Top School for Service

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University of Dayton, Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concern have been selected by the Catholic Volunteer Network as one of their 2020 Top Schools for Service.

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary During Coronavirus Pandemic 

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen. Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

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