Faith life at WJU this Fall

  WJU News
  Wednesday, September 12, 2018 3:17 PM
  Alumni, Athletics, Academics, Service, Student Services, WJU News

Wheeling, WV

Fall classes are now fully underway and Campus Ministry is set to provide a number of diverse faith life programs beginning in September and running until the end of the semester. From formal and casual liturgy to off campus retreats or small faith-sharing groups, Campus Ministry offers WJU students something for every level of faith exploration.

For the second year in a row, weekend masses will be celebrated at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. each Sunday, when classes are in session, in the Chapel of Mary & Joseph. Each week, one of the members of the WJU Jesuit Community will serve as celebrant while the choir and liturgical ministers will be made up of students, administrators, and members of the community. Throughout the week, daily masses are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 12:10 p.m. As with weekend masses, all are welcome to attend each day. Please contact Jamey Brogan, director of Campus Ministry, 304-243-2168,, Swint 207, if you are interested in helping at any weekend or weekday mass as a liturgical minister.

An additional weekly mass is offered for students and community members. For over 20 years, Fr. Michael Steltenkamp, S.J. has celebrated a mass every Wednesday night throughout the semester at 9:15 p.m. in the Chapel. The “Wednesday Night Mass” offers a calm, quiet, and reflective half hour “time out” during the middle of the week to get a handle on where life is going. At the end of each mass, cookies and punch are provided as part of this mid-week pleasant experience.

Each Tuesday night throughout the semester, prayer groups for both women and men are offered at 9:15pm in the Chapel.

“Both the Women’s Prayer Group and Man Club provide our students a great opportunity to gather together and find God within their hectic college schedule of class, studying, and practices,” said Brogan.

Women’s Prayer Group is led by Colleen Ryan Mayrand and provides young women on campus a time to relax, reflect, and re-center each week. The meetings include arts & crafts, food, and friends. If any student is interested in joining the Women’s Prayer Group, contact Colleen Ryan Mayrand,

The Man Club, a faith-sharing group for men, is starting its sixth year of existence and is led by David “Puddy” Agans. The Man Club provides food, fellowship, and real talk for the young men on campus.

Also, each week Man Club traditionally awards a “Man Club Trophy” to a member of the group for various reasons. If any student is interested in finding out more about growing in faith each week at Man Club, contact Puddy Agans at

Another way in which Campus Ministry is providing faith-life development this fall is through a number of various retreat offerings. Most retreats take place over the weekend at off campus sites like WJU’s Lantz Farm in Jacksonburg, WV. The annual Freshman Overnight Retreat offers freshman students a time to get to know one another, reflect on the past, and focus on the future. Through a series of talks, prayer experience, and sharing, students can prayerfully reflect on the transition from high school to college with some basic elements of Jesuit spirituality infused with a lot of fun.

The Freshman Overnight Retreat will be held Oct. 13-14. If any student is interested in more information about this upcoming retreat; contact Campus Ministry, 304-243-2385,  

Another annual retreat scheduled this fall is the Kairos Retreat for upper-class students. The Kairos weekend focuses on encountering Christ in small retreat community pondering God’s role in their lives. WJU students are the primary leaders of this retreat experience which is also a popular retreat experience at many Jesuit high schools throughout the country.

“Kairos is a valuable experience which provides students the time to get to know themselves and their fellow peers better in a setting outside of the hectic life on campus. It also allows them the chance to build or strengthen their relationship with God,” said Halli Richards, WJU Class of 2018 and former Kairos student leader.

This fall, the Kairos Retreat will take place Oct. 19-21 and is open to all upper class students who have not attended a previous Kairos Retreat. Again, if any student is interested in more information about this upcoming retreat; contact Campus Ministry, 304-243-2385,

Campus Ministry also works with the WJU athletics department to provide retreat experiences for the sports teams. In the last three years, the men’s lacrosse, rugby, and wrestling teams, along with women’s basketball and softball have taken time out of their training schedules to grow in their faith and fellowship through retreats. Earlier this month, the men’s lacrosse and wrestling teams each spent time at Lantz Farm in prayer, reflection, and team fellowship.

“We wanted the opportunity to get our guys together off campus doing something that had nothing to do with wrestling where we could continue to gel everyone together. Especially our 15 or so new family members,” said Danny Irwin, head wrestling coach. “We gathered everyone's cell phones at the start of the retreat. We wanted them to disconnect and be able to reflect themselves, but also be able to invest in their teammates. We met a little resistance at first, but this really opened them up early on and put them all in on the retreat. We wanted to capture the moment and the entire team did due to having no distractions.”

Irwin concluded, “The entire team is extremely grateful for the opportunities that WJU provides to everyone. We would like to also thank Fr. Hadi and Puddy for their coordination of such a great experience!”

Once again, if you have questions about retreats or any of the faith life experiences this semester, please contact Campus Ministry, 304-243-2385,

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and five graduate degrees. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.

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