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Catholic Life

Catholic Life

As committed Christians, we are a group of young, faithful Catholics at the University of Dayton being strengthened by the Love and Truth of Christ, modeling our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary. We strive to live out the New Evangelization through dedication to relational ministry, faithfulness to Church doctrine, and sharing in the radical call of discipleship, compelled by Christ in the Eucharist. We center our ministry in the sacramental life of the Church. We welcome all by challenging them to grow with us in love and service of our Lord.

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Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm-8:00pm and every Friday from 1- 4 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Chapel. Students can sign up for a weekly, 40 min time slot. There must always be at least 2 people present with our Lord as He must never be left alone!

Alpha & Omega Nights

Throughout the semester we invite guest speakers to come talk on different aspects of the faith and Church teaching. will have speakers, small groups, games, and more! Come and engage in fellowship and fun!

Bible Study

Every Monday at 8 p.m. we will gather in the Liberty Hall 114 to learn about our Lord through His divinely inspired Word. Join us as we deepen our faith lives by meditating on the life of Christ and themes of the faith through Scripture. 

Catholic Culture

COME (Women’s Ministry)   Jesus is calling. He is calling you to something more. All you must do is simply COME. 

COME is a women’s ministry that allows you to claim your identity as a Daughter of the Living God in community with other women. Through prayer, reflection, small group discussion, and fellowship, COME invites us, as Catholic women, to simply appear before the Lord as we are, allowing Him to reveal who He is in return. SO COME every other Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Marycrest Chapel. Remember just exactly who He calls you to be.  

IHOP (Intense Hour of Praise)

Join us for an hour of praise & worship as we sing our hearts out to glorify the good Lord! And then enjoy some warm pancakes and fellowship afterwards!


Catholic LIFE teams up with Campus Ministry in the spring semester to make the Catholic Lenten Retreat. Students will have a chance to explore the themes within the season of Lent while encountering the sacramental life of the Catholic Church.


We gather as a group to pray the rosary on select Saturday evenings, followed by fellowship. Join us as we ask for our Blessed Mother’s powerful intercession!

Social Events

Gather with us as we live out the joy of the Gospel with our peers! We host occasional social events such as game nights, house parties, formals, movie nights, and more. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow students who share our Catholic faith!


St. Francis Ministry

As Catholics, we are called to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ. Join St. Francis ministry in doing acts of service, such as visiting nursing home residents to play Bingo or volunteering at the House of Bread in Dayton.

Prayer Intention Ministry

Every week, our peer ministers and officers will be praying for you and your intentions throughout the week, whether it is for a big test coming up, for a family member, or simply for you to increase in a certain virtue. You can submit as many intentions as you want throughout the duration of the week. These intentions are anonymous and private. We won't know who sent them, and we will not share them with others. Click here to submit your intentions.


Connor Curts: President connor-bio.jpg

My name is Connor Curts and I’m a junior Religious Studies major. As the Catholic Life president my goal is to create an organization that gives students the opportunity to grow in their Catholic faith through a commitment to prayer, Scripture, fellowship, and the sacraments. 

I am also an RA in Marycrest (returning in Fall 2019!). I enjoy reading (CS Lewis & Fulton Sheen), and country music. BIG rosary guy. BIG Marian devotion guy. I love to laugh and yes, I have strong opinions on most subjects. Feel free to contact me at

“Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.”
- St. John Paul II

Megan McCarren: Vice President 

Hello! My name is Megan McCarren. I am a junior Secondary Religious Education major, and I’m the Catholic LIFE Vice President. As the 2018 Freshman Advocate, and now VP, I have loved watching people grow in their faith, as students, and in their identity as a son or daughter of God.

I enjoy Catholic LIFE because it has provided me with numerous opportunities to deepen my faith and make many faithful friends. In my free time I enjoy watching Netflix (Grey’s Anatomy), hanging out with friends, and cooking. I am always available if you need someone to talk to or laugh with. I will also never say no to ice cream!

Brian Kizer: Treasurer


Hi! My name is Brian Kizer and I am a sophomore serving as the Treasurer for Catholic Life. I am majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment. I love to go hiking, spend time in the chapel praying the divine office, and watching movies! I’m committed to serving Catholic Life and can’t wait to meet to new people!

Marie Gross: Secretary

marie-bio.png Hi! My name is Marie Gross and I am the Catholic Life Secretary. I am a sophomore studying in the Discover Sciences program and am involved in Flyers for Life and intramural sports. I love to spend time with Jesus in the chapel, hang out with friends, cook, read, and sleep! 

Catholic Life is an amazing community of people who are constantly striving to grow closer to Christ. Amidst the business of college, Catholic Life has helped me remain anchored in Christ’s love. St. Therese of Lisieux simply states, “Let us love, since that’s what our hearts were made for.”

Valerie Connor: Adoration Coordinator


Hello! Je m’appelle Vali. Here’s a limerick I wrote in 5th grade...

There once was a girl named Vali She would often dilly dally

But when she did not

She would laugh a lot

And this here is the finale

Sooo…that about sums me up:)

Anyhoot, I’m a sophomore. I super love adoration and the rosary and Mary and Jesus and all that goodness!!! Life is good and everything is grace and what’s not to love?!

"Imagine Jesus crucified in your arms, and on your chest, and say a hundred times as you kiss His chest: This is my hope, the living source of my happiness. This is the heart of my soul; nothing will ever separate me from His love." --Saint Padre Pio

Dylan Samuels: Bible Study Co-Leader


Hello! My name’s Dylan, and I’m one of the bible study leaders for Catholic Life! I have always enjoyed reading the Bible, whether as a form of prayer, figuring out history, or just for fun, so it’s always been enjoyable for me to lead. I am a junior Computer Science major. On campus, I’m also a Peer Advocate for Violence Education (PAVE), the Associate Executive Assistant for the Flyer Pep Band, the Education Officer for Phi Mu Alpha national music fraternity, and a member of the Pride of Dayton Marching Band.

Favorite Sequence: Do Re Me Fa Re Te Do

Audrey Melton: Bible Study Co-Leader audrey-bio.jpg

Hey, I’m Audrey and I’m one of the Bible Study peer ministers for 2019! I’m a sophomore Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Major and Religious Studies minor. I love leading Bible Study because no matter how many times you read the Bible, there’s always more to learn and discover, especially when you share Scripture with others!

Around campus I’m a Callings leader, EM and vocalist at Mass, and a Student Office Assistant in the TDP department. In my free time I like thrift shopping, intentional conversation, learning worship music in foreign languages, watching movies, eating off-campus, and loving Jesus :D

“He loved His own in the world and He loved them to the end.” John 13:1

Tim Cermak: Evangelization and Discipleship Peer Ministertim-bio.png

Good Day, I am Tim Cermak. I am a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. I love the rosary, books, running, climbing, and making maple syrup. 

The goal of Catholic Life’s Evangelization and Discipleship ministry is to introduce the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Catholic Faith to all so that we may hear Christ’s call to take up the cross daily. This semester I am leading a faith formation group called Encounter. 

“Love God, Serve God. Everything is in that.”  -St. Clare of Assisi

Katie Alleman: St. Francis Peer Minister

katie-bio.pngHello, my name is Katie Alleman. I am a junior pre-med major.The goal of this ministry is to serve God by helping others. Our main service events include going to Greenewood Manor to play bingo with the elderly and going to House of Bread to prepare and serve food to the hungry. In my free time I enjoy golfing, painting, spending time with friends and family and of course, coordinating and attending St. Francis Ministry events.

Madison Schroeder - IHOP Peer Minister madison-bio.jpg

Hello there! My name is Madison Schroeder, and I am a sophomore in Biology here at UD! Some of my hobbies include smiling until my face hurts, using too many exclamation points, and playing piano at 3 o’clock in the morning.

The goal of IHOP is to lift our praise to the Lord through monthly praise and worship, so that we may learn to praise Him in every moment. We have pancakes afterwards, because who doesn’t love delicious pancakes and spending time with wonderful people?

“...the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise him to the greatest extent of our powers.” -St. Maximilian Kolbe

Maggie Feder: Social Chair maggie-bio.png

Hey y’all! My name is Maggie Feder and I’m a junior Music Education major from St. Louis, MO. I’m the Social Chair, so I get to plan a bunch of fun events full of food and fellowship such as the Catholic Life Formal and Ice Cream nights! My favorite Bible Quote is Esther 4:14 (Who knows? Perhaps you were called to royal dignity for such a time as this).

Beth Hock: PR and Advertising Peer Ministerbeth-bio.jpg

What’s up my home slices, Beth here. I’m a junior studying Teacher Education with a concentration in Integrated Language Arts, so you can usually find me gallivanting to and from Fitz Hall during the week. When I’m not busy with schoolwork, I like to hang out with my friends, read, or watch my current favorite TV show.

As the PR & Advertising peer minister for Catholic Life, I have the privilege of spreading the word about all of our wonderful events, socials, and ministries across campus each week. Give us a follow @udcatholiclife on Instagram to be kept up to date on everything CL!

“Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.” - Ephesians 4:2

Mary Connor: COME Women's Ministry Co-Leadermary-bio.png

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Mary, a sophomore. Not a clue what I’m studying, but here I am! I’m in love with early morning rosaries, snuggling up with a mug of Earl Grey and some broccoli, folding cozy laundry, putting my lovely colored pencils to use, and praising the Lord for cheeks sore from smiling after spending time with such wonderful people. Alleluiah!! :):)

As a co-leader for COME, I have the wonderful opportunity to grow in community with several lovely ladies as we grasp what it means to hold Christ close to our hearts with the compassion of our gentle Mother, and the fortitude of those many Saints before us. 

 “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 4-7

Elena Niese: COME Women's Ministry Co-Leaderelena-bio.jpg

¡Hola amigos! Elena here! :) I am a sophomore from small town northwest Ohio majoring in English Education with minors in Spanish and Religious Studies. You can usually catch me singling far too loudly, sharing my affinity for sea turtles and gingerbread, retrieving my ID from elevator shafts, sipping an iced coffee over authentic conversation, or humbly journaling in front of the Presence of our King. 

Being a be a co-leader for Catholic LIFE’s women’s ministry COME is a never-ending invitation for journey. Our human condition demands that we not walk the road alone, and through our COMING together as women, we accept this call in community, pushing each other to fulfill the authentic femininity we were made for. For it is in the COMING that we encounter the Living Love that is constantly calling our restless hearts. It is here that we fulfill our sacred longing: JESUS.  

You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” - Saint Augustine


Kaity Jones

The name of the group originally came about because they believed “the single goal of the group was to help students live a full life of discipleship.”

Catholic Life was founded in 2003 by a group of students who desired to deepen their faith through Eucharistic Adoration. Within a couple of years, this organization was flourishing. For a number of years, Catholic Life changed the lives of many students, bringing those involved into a relationship with Christ. However, over time, involvement began to decline as the interests and focus of the student population shifted. As of Fall 2012, Catholic Life had become an organization unknown by many. It seemed that this once-prominent group had faded. God had something else in mind.

In the Fall of 2012, a few small groups of students began meeting at various locations around campus to pray the Rosary. Wrapped in the mantle of our Blessed Mother, the groups grew with amazing rapidity. Within a couple of months, groups grew from five or six people to twenty-five or thirty. It became clear that this group should become an official club, recognized by the University of Dayton. Thus, the renewal of Catholic Life began.


Campus Ministry

Liberty Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408