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 inititiative 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.

Reading Groups
STM offers a selection of reading groups that focus on specific areas of study and their relationship to the Catholic faith. The reading groups meet once a month, usually over a meal, to discuss readings that are current, engaging and easy to manage with a full course load.
Faith and Law - Faith and Law provides STM members with a forum to discuss their Catholic faith and their study of law.
Faith and Science - Faith and Science examines the different (and sometimes complementary) ways Christianity and science approach human rights, stewardship and life’s unknowns.
Women Reading Theology - Women Reading Theology meets to discuss theology written by contemporary Catholic women.

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 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.

Teach Me To Pray
Teach Me To Pray workshops allow students to experience the rich tradition of prayer in the Roman Catholic Church through a process that involves time for community, learning the techniques of particular types of prayer, and practicing the prayer in a guided setting.  Workshops include imaginative prayer, Lectio Divina, Taize prayer, and the Ignatian examen, as a few examples of practices within our Catholic tradition.

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
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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

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