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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 Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. we will gather in Liberty Hall 08 to encounter the Lord through His Word. Join us as we deepen our faith lives by hearing God’s voice in Scripture and sharing the revelations of the Spirit with each other.

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!

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.


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. Sebastian Sports Ministry

Play intramurals with Catholic LIFE! This is a great way to meet new people, build Christ-centered relationships, and engage in teamwork through physical activity. Ad maiorem Dei gloriam!

Women’s Group

Looking for a group of women to journey with? Join us as we meet weekly to reflect on Sacred Scripture and push each other to fulfill the authentic femininity we were made for.

Elena Niese: President

Hey everyone! Elena here! I am a junior from small town northwest Ohio majoring in English Education with a minor in Theology. You can usually catch me singing far too loudly to old Taylor Swift songs, sipping an iced coffee over authentic conversation, or humbly journaling in front of the Presence of our King. Some of my favorite things on campus include living in a Faith Vocation Leadership community, working at the Center for Catholic Education, and meeting wonderful people like YOU! 

As the President of Catholic LIFE, I see my role as one of cultivating not only Catholic discipleship, but rather of igniting a culture of missionary disciples who seek to invite all others to join them in encountering the Risen Lord through a Eucharistic life. This Eucharistic life is one that seeks to give intentionally, authentically, and wholeheartedly in all things. This is what I hope to give to and instill in all of our members.

“Today's world stands in great need of witnesses, not so much of teachers but rather of witnesses. It’s not so much about speaking, but speaking with our whole lives.” - Pope Francis   

Tessie Schonder: Vice President

Hello, I’m Tessie! I’m a junior International Studies major from Michigan. When I’m not at school, I work at a Catholic bookstore (if you’re in Kalamazoo, go to Newman’s Bookshoppe!). I’m a huge bookworm, love aquatic animals, and enjoy chocolate in all its forms.

I’m so grateful to be Catholic Life’s 2021 VP and to help foster an authentically Catholic community. I’ve found my best friends in college through Catholic Life and want others to have that experience too.

Brian Kizer: Treasurer

Hi! My name is Brian Kizer and I am a junior serving as the Treasurer for Catholic Life. I am majoring in Civil Engineering. 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!

Ben Vierheller: Secretary

Hi there! My name is Ben Vierheller, and I am a first-year student at UD from West Virginia. I’m undecided on a major, but I love working with numbers and writing.  When I’m not studying, you might find me officiating intramural sports or playing competitive Uno games with my friends.

It is a great blessing for me to serve Catholic LIFE as secretary and to participate in everything our organization has to offer. Our campus has such a strong faith presence, and it is awesome to see so many students eager to participate in liturgies and other ministries here at the University of Dayton. 

“Let us build a house
where prophets speak,
and words are strong and true,
where all God’s children dare to seek
to dream God’s reign anew.”

“All Are Welcome,” composed by Marty Haugen

Valerie Connor: Adoration Coordinator

Hello! I’m Vali.

I’m a junior double majoring in math and french. 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

Jack Gorman: Alpha and Omega Co-Minister, Social Co-Chair

Hello! My name is Jack Gorman and I am Freshman from a suburb outside of Chicago. I am currently an undecided major but looking to declare as a Religious Studies major. In my free time I find myself playing the guitar, golfing, hanging with friends and of course, finding ways to grow closer to Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am a BIG fan of daily mass, catholic podcasts and praying the rosary. In Catholic LIFE I am the Co-Minister of Alpha and Omega and Social Co-Chair. Through these ministries I am looking forward to simply bringing fellow Flyers closer to Jesus. Please me email with any questions about the ministries or literally anything else:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6

Savio Dias: Alpha and Omega Co-Minister, Social Co-Chair

Ola !! My name is Savio Dias and I am a Graduate student raised in a small state in India. When not in school you could catch me on the beach playing soccer or fishing by the sea. Love Mexican food and for anything coffee just hit me up.

As minister of alpha and omega, I want all of us to feel like a family and be for each other these difficult times.

“ For I was one way, Now I am completely different…”
-Mary Magdalene

Kevin O’Gorman: Bible Study Co-Leader

Hello, my name is Kevin O’Gorman and I am one of the Bible Study leaders for this school year. I am a sophomore History and Religious studies Major and am very interested in Military and Medieval History. My other activities at UD include club Water Polo, French horn ensamble, and the Epsilon Tau Pi fraternity.

I’m excited to help others see and experience God through the Scriptures. No matter where you are in life or your faith, I think we can all grow by coming together in community to study God’s Word. I’m always down to talk about faith, history, or the latest baseball news.

“The measure of love is to love without measure”

              -St. Francis de Sales

Audrey Melton: Bible Study Co-Leader

Hi! My name is Audrey Melton and I am a junior majoring in Religious Studies & Theology and minoring in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology. I’m also an Undergraduate Music Minister and a member of the 421 College Park Faith, Vocation, and Leadership house. I love being social, sharing meals, getting involved with liturgical ministries, and activating joy, especially through song and dance.

Bible Study is designed to facilitate real and intimate encounter with the Lord through his Word. The Lord speaks in many ways, so we take this time each week to stop and listen to what God wants to say to us through living and active Scripture. We also take time to share the glory of what God has spoken and to testify to the Word, so that the faith of the entire community may be built up.

“ you might know that it is not by bread alone that people live, but by all that comes forth from the mouth of the Lord.” -Deuteronomy 8:3

Jordan McCormick: Freshman Advocate

Hi! My name is Jordan McCormick and I will be serving as freshman advocate this year! I am studying AYA Education and Religious Studies. I love playing music, spending time outside, and learning new things. I also serve as a tour guide on campus and enjoy meeting new people. I love one-on-one intentional conversations and getting to hear people's stories. You can find me wherever there is a dog or a dance party :D Through Catholic Life and serving incoming students, I hope to meet people where they are and I look forward to walking with them on their faith journey.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
- Hebrews 12:1-3

Madison Schroeder: IHOP Peer Minister

Hello there! My name is Madison Schroeder, and I am a junior Health Sciences major with minors in Philosophy and Psychology. 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.

We gather for IHOP to encounter our beautiful Savior, to be awakened by the Holy Spirit, and to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. IHOP is simply an outpouring of our love for the Lord, and our music flows forth from the immense joy of life with Christ. With Jesus as our center, we sing His praises, delight in His goodness, and enjoy some delicious pancakes and fellowship!

“...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

Marie Gross: St. Sebastian Sports Ministry Chair

Hello! My name is Marie Gross and I am a junior Health Science major with a Chemistry minor. Some of my favorite things are clear blue skies, morning runs, reverent liturgies, Gregorian chant, and family Rosaries. In addition to being a part of Catholic LIFE, I am also involved in our campus pro-life club, Flyers for Life, and enjoy playing intramural sports!

I am excited to serve as St. Sebastian Sports Ministry Chair and hope to see you around!

 “Let us love, since that’s what our hearts were made for.” - St. Therese of Lisieux

Mary Connor: Rosary Minister


Bonjour!! Je m’appelle Mary, a junior Visual Arts and French major with a minor in Theology. I’m in love with early morning rosaries before the Blessed Sacrament, folding cozy laundry, baking biscotti,  putting my lovely colored pencils to use, and taking breaks from whatever I’m doing to just smile at God’s goodness.

As Rosary Minister, I love to turn to our Blessed Mother with every intention and to invite others to join me in her embrace, coming to know and love her Son, Jesus.

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


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