Prayer & Fellowship
CLCs are small groups of students that meet for one hour each week for prayer, community and service. Rooted in the spirituality of St. Ignatius, CLCs are communities discerning mission: at their best, members of CLCs become friends in the Lord and grow to become who they truly are before God.
CLCs are led by trained student leaders or Campus Ministry staff, and meet at various times that are convenient to students. For more information contact Bill Kriege at 816-501-4855.
While school is in session, we gather every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Mabee Chapel then visit the Campus Ministry Center (5134 Forest) for dinner. We begin with a half-hour of prayer and then share a meal together. The prayer takes various forms: Mass, guided meditation, Taize, shared reflections, Stations of the Cross, even a reflection on pumpkin-carving! After prayer, we then enjoy one another’s company around the dinner table. We hope you are able to join in, if not every week at least when your schedule allows! Even those with night classes at 5:30 or 6 p.m. on Tuesdays are able to attend for both the prayer and the pasta. Contact Cindy Schmersal at 816-501-4303 for more information.
Ladies in Faith Together provides opportunities for the women of Rockhurst to enjoy faith-sharing, friendship, prayer and laughter. LIFT gathers the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00pm at the Campus Ministry Center (CMC). These gatherings are open to all women interested in growing in their faith. We hope to see you there! LIFT also provides additional offerings throughout the year, including a book club and sponsorship of the Women’s Day of Service. Contact Cindy Schmersal at 816-501-4303 for more information.
The Campus Ministry staff is available to students, staff and faculty who want to discuss, on a regular or occasional basis, issues relating to their faith journeys in a safe, open and confidential manner. For more information contact Campus Ministry at 816-501-4063.
World Cultures Day Prayer Service: Each October, we kickoff the annual day of celebrating different countries, cultures, food and music by praying together as a university.
Taize Prayer Service: These ecumenical services include song and scripture, incorporating much repetition and silence.
Service Trip Send-Off: Honoring our Ignatian tradition, we send students, faculty and staff out on service-immersion trips each winter and spring break with a prayers and blessings. All members of the Rokhurst community are invited to attend and to pray for our students and the people they serve before, during, and after their journeys to domestic and international service sites.
Yom HaShoah: We annually commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, by reading the names of persons murdered by the Nazis, including 152 Jesuits. The day concludes with an interfaith prayer service. Rockhurst University is home to the only plaque in the world that honors all 152 Jesuits who were killed by the Nazis.
In an effort to deepen our relationships with God and our own religious traditions, as articulated in Rockhust University’s core value Finding God in All Things, Campus Ministry annually partners with university departments to sponsor an interfaith panel in which students of varying faith traditions articulate the ways in which their religion intersects with Rockhurst’s core values, which are rooted in our Ignatian Heritage.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola
The inspiration and source of "all things Jesuit," the Spiritual Exercises is a process of prayer and discernment designed to "lead a person to true spiritual freedom so that any choice or decision is made according to an ordered set of values rather than according to any disordered desire." Throughout the school year, participants meet regularly with a director at a time convenient to their individual schedules. For more information contact Maureen Henderson at 816-501-4869.