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.

Contact us at: catholiclife@udayton.edu 

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Ministries

Adoration

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm-9:00pm 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 9 p.m. we will gather in the Immaculate Conception chapel conference room 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 in 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!

Rosary

We gather as a group to pray the rosary together Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception chapel, and occasional House Rosaries on Friday’s. 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!

Special Events

Join us for some awesome events based on our Catholic faith! We host various different events throughout the year to keep you entertained. In the past we have sponsored silent retreats, a talk by the Archbishop of the Diocese of Cincinnati, trips to venerate the relics of saints, and more. We will also provide transportation to a variety of events, such as concerts and conferences. We have also hosted events like leading meditations on the Stations of the Cross.

St. Francis Ministry

As Catholics, we are called to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ. Join St. Francis ministry in doing acts of service, such as visiting nursing home residents to play Bingo or volunteering at the House of Bread in Dayton.

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.

Retreats

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.

Officers

Kaity Jones: President

Hey guys! My name is Kaity Jones and I have the blessing of being the 2018 Catholic LIFE President! I cannot wait to know each of you, and I’m always willing to sit down and talk to anyone about life, God, and anything in between.

I’m a junior Applied Mathematical Economics major (still don’t know what it means). I’m usually in ku with food and friends or at my 2nd home at UD with 6 of my best friends. I’m involved in orchestra, Bills runs, and any other wild adventure I can find myself in.

Anna Hecht: Vice-President

Hey there! My name is Anna Hecht, and as Vice President I am here to introduce to you all of the opportunities Catholic LIFE has to deepen your spiritual life and love for Christ. The people I have met through Catholic LIFE continue to amaze me with their devotion to our God and our Mother.

I am a Junior Electrical Engineering student who spends a little free time with club softball, an entrepreneurship engineering organization (EMpwr), and of course with some incredible friends I met through Catholic LIFE! I am from the distant land of Cincinnati, OH, but have spent my whole life making the journey up to UD as a future Flyer!

Benjamin Wilson: Treasurer

Hello! My name is Benjamin Wilson and I am currently serving as Treasurer of Catholic Life! I am a Junior studying Chemical Engineering here at UD, and I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with Catholic Life since taking on the role of secretary freshman year. Being in this ministry has perhaps been the most rewarding aspect of my college career to date!

On a more personal note, I love to read theology, play music, and play absurd and unhealthy amounts of Wii Sports™.  If you ever want to talk about any of these things, or are just looking for a friend, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I’d love to talk!

Alexandra Scherb: Secretary

Hey frienderinos, my name is Alex(andra). I am the Secretary Officer of Catholic LIFE. I’m a sophomore communication major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in religious studies and I plan on graduating early in the Spring of 2019. Besides Catholic LIFE, I am also involved in the Flyer Pep Band, the Pride of Dayton Marching Band, and I am the vice president of To Write Love On Her Arms. When not vigorous writing emails, you can find me at the UD Arena cheering on the Flyers, locked in a study room in the library, or pumping that iron at the Recplex.

I love Catholic LIFE because it is a community that shares a love for the traditions of the Catholic church and understands the importance and challenges of integrating your faith life with your academics and extracurriculars.

Connor Curts - Bible Study Co-Leader

My name is Connor Curts and I’m a freshman Marketing major. I co-lead the Catholic LIFE Bible Study and my goal is to help others develop a stronger knowledge of their faith, while also helping them to discover things about their own faith that they didn’t know before.

I am part of the Chi Rho Catholic Brotherhood on campus, and am also a Callings (campus ministry summer program) leader for 2018. When I’m not in the chapel or with my friends, you can find me at Starbucks (see also: addicted to coffee) or on Stuart Hill, usually reading a book (CS Lewis!) or doing homework. I’m also a big fan of The Office!

“Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.”

- St. John Paul II

Matt Leverick:  Adoration Coordinator

Hello! My name is Matt Leverick. I am a Junior biochemistry major, and the Catholic Life Adoration Coordinator. The goal of my ministry is to help facilitate Eucharistic Adoration on campus, and to introduce Adoration to those who are not familiar with it.

When I’m not checking spreadsheets and sending emails, I enjoy watching funny youtube videos, reading, and napping.

Megan McCarren - Freshman Advocate

Hello! My name is Megan McCarren. I am a freshman Secondary Religious Education major, and I’m the freshman advocate for Catholic LIFE. My goal is to welcome freshman and introduce them to all of the wonderful opportunities Catholic LIFE offers.

I’ve really enjoyed being a part of Catholic LIFE because it has provided me with numerous opportunities to deepen my faith and make many faithful friends. In my free time I enjoy watching Netflix (Grey’s Anatomy), hanging out with friends, and cooking.

Claire Abele - Rosary Coordinator

Hi! My name is Claire Abele. I'm a freshman Civil and Environmental Engineering major, and the Rosary Coordinator for Catholic Life! Through the rosary, we aim to provide simple, daily ways of prayer and meditation in faith.

Catholic Life gives me friends to grow in faith with, because every life journey is better with friends! You might also see me in Triathlon and Running clubs and the American Society of Civil Engineers. But I also love cooking, working out and being outdoors:)

Greg Duchak - Alpha & Omega Peer Minister

Whattttttup!!! My name is Greg Duchak and I am the peer minister for Alpha & Omega
Night. I am a first-year Secondary Catholic Religious Education major with a concentration in
Social Studies. Some of my favorite things besides God and my friends/family are coffee,
soccer, Indian buffets, and the show Modern Family. My dream is to be a youth speaker like
Chris Stefanick or Jason Evert. If you see me on campus, please introduce yourself because I’m
very outgoing and love meeting new people :-)

Sarah Brightfield - IHOP Peer Minister

Hi pals! I'm a First Year here at UD, and I'm studying Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainability. I'm the IHOP peer minister, and this is my first year serving in this awesome ministry. I'm from St. Louis, Missouri and I love to eat peanut butter ice cream, hammock, be outside, and play music. I think that Catholic Life is such a cool organization to be part of  and I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you!

Julia Ward - St. Francis Peer Minister

Hi! I'm Julia. I'm a Junior pre-Physical Therapy major and the service chair of Catholic Life, called St. Francis service ministry. I am also the service chair for Flyers for Life, a pro-life organization at UD. I like to enjoy life most by spending quality time with God, my family, and friends. I wanted to be a member of Catholic Life because I wanted to be a part of a serious, enriching Catholic community that would give me support to live my life with God-centered purpose and fulfillment. A bit about me: I am a native Daytonian. I love dogs. I have a twin brother. My patron saint is Saint Joseph of the Holy Family.

Dylan Samuels - Bible Study Co-Leader

Hi! I'm a first year Computer Science major here at the best University there is. Along with Connor, I lead the Catholic Life Bible Study, although I try my best to be involved with other aspects of Catholic Life. When not doing things with other ministries, I'm playing Trombone in Marching band and Pep band, hanging out with my brothers in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, or being an activist as a Peer Advocate for Violence Education (PAVE). The people involved in Catholic Life are the best people you can be with if you want to further your life with Christ. Not only do you meet great people, but in improving yourself you can improve your relationships with everyone that you know. I'm really just a chill dude who tries his best to live a life worthy of the Lord, and I'm here to help others along their way as well! When I have time, I like to play piano and listen to rock music. See me around making silly jokes and not sleeping.

History

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.

 
CONTACT

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Liberty Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
937-229-3339
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