Check out the great events below to meet new people, network with other grad students and young professionals, or deepen your faith:
Soul Food is a monthly gathering at Arbor Brewing Company for fellowship and spiritual nourishment. Food and drinks begin at 7 PM followed by a speaker at 8 PM.
Jan 9 featuring Iris Proctor, Executive Director, ArborWoman
Feb 20 Soul Food at Home* featuring Terry Nelson-Johnson
*Soul Food will feature dessert only and will be at our parish, 331 Thompson
Mar 13 featuring Fr. James Martin, S.J. who will be joining us via Skype
Apr 10 featuring Fr. Alan Zobler, OSFS who will speak on “Faith and Exercise: How the Paschal Mystery is not a spectator sport.”
May 8 featuring John Parker, a resident parishioner who recently joined St. Mary through RCIA
Each month we host a Monday mass & dinner right at St. Mary. Join us to worship, connect, and enjoy a delicious dinner with our grad/yp community. Dates for fall 2016 include Jan 23, Feb 6, Mar 27, Apr 24, and May 22.
On January 23, Bishop Earl Boyea will be joining our mass & dinner. Undergrads and well as graduate students and young professionals are invite to this unique event!
Spend Earth Day – April 22 – volunteering at University Church Garden in Toledo! University Church Garden grows food with the community to help tackle the issue of food insecurity in Northwest Ohio, and provides education for the community in how to sustain their own organic, healthy sources of food.
We will gather at SMSP at 8:30 AM for a continental breakfast and prayer, then drive to the Garden where we will work from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. After work, we’ll go for lunch nearby (at volunteers’ personal expense) and return to Ann Arbor by 4:30 PM.
Depending on weather, we’ll work in either indoor or outdoor gardens, so plan to get dirty!
Please sign up by Tuesday, April 18th.
Grad Student & Young Professional Fall Retreat November 12-13, 2016
This overnight retreat offers participants the chance to reflect on their experiences and discover how God our creator is already at work in our lives. Weber Center in Adrian, MI. Register by Oct 22, 2016.
Busy Person Retreat Lent 2017
Lent is a great time of the year to dedicate more of our lives to reflection and prayer. If you are someone looking to start a daily habit of prayer, to dive deeper into an already active prayer life, or simply to grow in your relationship with God – the Busy Person Retreat (BPR) is for you. With this retreat, retreatants commit to 15 minutes of individual daily prayer and 30-45 minutes of conversation each week with a spiritual companion.
BPR runs the length of the Lenten season – beginning on Feb 23rd with the opening dinner and concluding on April 18th with the closing banquet.
The campus ministry team will use the preferences you indicate on your registration form to prayerfully match you with a spiritual companion who best meets your needs and desires. Click the following link to learn more about spiritual companionship (often called spiritual direction): http://www.
Small Church Communities Lent 2017
SCC’s provide time each week to read, pray, and grapple with the Word, reflect on God’s role in our lives and grow in faith and fellowship. Check out the SCC Page for more details.
We have also added a drop-in weekly SCC at our parish for grad students and young professionals! This group meets Tuesdays at 6:30 PM starting Jan 24, 2017.
We are planning our first annual Alternative Spring Break for the grad/yp group during the university’s spring break: February 26 through March 5th, 2017. Please contact Adam Perry with questions.
Please contact Fr. Joe Wagner, S.J. for more information about the Grad/YP group.