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Spirituality & Prayer

At STM, students have many opportunities to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ through small groups, programs, one-on-one meetings and retreats.

Small Church Communities
Small Church Communities (SCCs) are a part of a pastoral initiative found throughout the world. SCCs bring together small groups of students, faculty and community members weekly to pray, discuss scripture for the upcoming Sunday Mass and reflect on how it relates to our own lives.

Spirituality Groups
The Men's and Women's Spirituality Groups provide students a supportive environment in which to explore spiritual issues particular to their experience as Catholics.

Vocation Discernment 

Join with students in prayer and discussion as you explore how to discern your gifts and talents to best serve the church.

Retreats
Retreats offer an opportunity to step away from the distractions of everyday life and spend time with God and peers in a unique way. STM hosts a three-day Fall Undergraduate Retreat; a one-day Fall Graduate Retreat; a Busy Persons Retreat in December and a Spring Retreat.

Pastoral Counseling, Vocational Discernment & Spiritual Direction
STM's Chaplains provide pastoral counseling for students seeking a confidant or direction during a difficult or questioning time in their lives. They also provide spiritual direction by accompanying students as they deepen their relationship with God and offer assistance with vocational discernment through individual prayer and discussion.

Taize Prayer & Adoration

Held on alternating Sunday evenings at 9:10pm in the Meditation Room. Students spend time in prayer with music and silence.

Stations of the Cross
Each Friday during Lent, students lead the Stations of the Cross.

STM Opportunities

Reading Groups
Want to Join a reading group?contact sarah.woodford@yale.edu

Small Church Communities 

Why join an SCC?
"For me, SCC is a welcoming setting in which we examine the intersection between faith and scripture on our daily lives each week." - Graduate Student

Questions about SCCs, contact jenn.schaaf@yale.edu