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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 Thursday at 7:15 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. 

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!


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!



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.


Megan McCarren: President

Hello! My name is Megan McCarren and I am Catholic Life President. I am a junior Secondary Religious Education major with a minor in psych. After UD, I plan to pursue further a graduate degree in the mental health field. I enjoy Catholic Life because I love having the opportunity to help students grow in their faith. I am constantly inspired by the members and leaders of Catholic Life which is a true blessing. 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!

Elena Niese: Vice President 

¡Hola amigos! Elena here! :) I am a sophomore from small town northwest Ohio majoring in English Education with a minor in Spanish. You can usually catch me singing far too loudly to old Taylor Swift songs, sharing my affinity for my sea turtle and gingerbread collections, 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 being an RA in Founders Hall, working at the Center for Catholic Education, and meeting wonderful people like YOU!  

Being the Vice President for 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 too 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 

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

Hello! My name is Marie Gross and I am the Catholic Life Secretary. I am a sophomore studying in the Health Sciences program with a Philosophy minor and am involved in Flyers for Life and intramural sports. I love to spend time with Jesus in the chapel, listen to homilies while running, peacefully do homework with Gregorian chant, and cheer on the Flyers! 

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

Nick Torchio: Alpha & Omega


My name is Nick Torchio and I will be serving as the Alpha & Omega peer minister for 2020. I am a sophomore History major and some of my theological interests include Catholic apologetics, Church history, canon law, moral theology, and comparative religious studies. Outside of Catholic Life, I also serve as Vice President for Chi Rho Catholic Brotherhood. In my free time I enjoy golfing, skiing, and listening to music.  

Alpha & Omega is a ministry in which guest or student speakers have the opportunity to present on a topic in Catholicism to the students of Catholic Life. Alpha & Omega events are entertaining and informative. Speakers present on a wide range of topics that are relatable for young Catholics.

If you have any general or Alpha & Omega ministry related inquiries, feel free to contact me at

St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us

Connor Curts: Bible Study Co-Leader


My name is Connor Curts and I’m a junior (class of 2021) Religious Studies major. After graduating I plan to either teach high school theology or work in youth ministry. As Bible Study co-leader, my goal is to foster a love for studying scripture and growing closer to God through His Word. 


I enjoy listening to podcasts (Pints with Aquinas, Godsplaining, Word on Fire), reading, and listening to country music and Gregorian chant. Lastly, I am passionate about the pro-life movement and am a Live Action Ambassador.

“Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.”

- St. John Paul II

Kevin O'Gorman: Bible Study Co-Leader kevin-ogorman-bio.png

Hello, my name is Kevin O’Gorman and I am one of the Bible Study leaders the 2020 school year. I am a first-year History Major and am very interested in Religious and Ancient History. My other activities at UD include club Water Polo 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.

Jordan McCormick: Freshman Advocate

Hi! My name is Jordan McCormick and I will be serving as freshman advocate this year! I am a sophomore Secondary Religious Education major with a minor in Family Development. I love painting, playing music, and spending time outside. 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. 

Madison Schroeder - IHOP Co-Leader madison-bio.jpg

Howdy! My name is Madison Schroeder, and I am a sophomore Health Sciences major with minors in Philosophy and Psychology. Some of my hobbies include smiling until my face hurts, using WAY too many exclamation points, and loudly playing piano at 3 o’clock in the morning.

Our purpose through IHOP is to give praise to God through the gift of music and to be equipped by His powerful love, that we may recognize and live out our inheritance as His children. We follow our evenings of praise & worship with pancakes and fellowship because pancakes are delicious and people rock.

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.”  St. Gianna Molla

Joseph Beckett - IHOP Co-Leader 



Hello! My name’s Joseph. I’m a proud sophomore Mechanical Engineering major from McDermott, OH. I participate in It Flies and several intramurals - still vying to get my hands a championship t-shirt. When I do have some free time on my hands I love to cycle, read, play guitar and ukulele, and make maple syrup.

I can’t wait to jam out and bring praise to God this year with all of you during IHOP. Of course, tasty pancakes and joy-filled conversation will follow this can’t miss event. The more the mary-er!!

“For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.” -C.S. Lewis

Mary Connor: Rosary Coordinatormary-bio.png

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Mary, a sophomore. I’m studying art and French...not a clue what I’ll do with it, but here I am! I’m in love with early morning rosaries, snuggling up with a mug of Earl Grey, folding cozy laundry, putting my lovely colored pencils to use, and praising the Lord for cheeks sore from smiling. 

As Rosary Coordinator, I am so excited to offer many roses to our Queen and Mother as we pray one of the most powerful prayers given to us. Alleluiah!! :):)

“The Rosary is a long chain that links heaven and earth. One end of it is in our hands and the other end is in the hands of the holy Virgin...The Rosary prayer rises like incense to the feet of the Almighty. Mary responds at once like a beneficial dew, bringing new life to human hearts” -St. Therese de Lisieux JMJ

Tessie Schonder: Social Chair tessiebio.png

I’m Tessie, this year’s Social chair! I am a sophomore majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Peace & Global Security. I love studying languages, painting, making crepes, and reading. I work at a Catholic bookstore in my hometown (If you’re ever in Kalamazoo, MI, go to Newman’s bookshop!) and love learning about the rich history of the Catholic faith. I’m looking forward to a great year of friendships, discussions, and food :)


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

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