Our Ministries — Devotion

The private spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible reading, and inward examination that bring us face to face with God involve deepening our devotional lives.

Prayer Break

On Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:40 pm in McCleary Chapel faculty, staff, and students are invited to take a quiet break for prayer and community at the end of the day. The Chapel Steward of Devotion along with a team of student volunteers organize each Chapel Prayer.

The Way of the Cross

On the Thursday before Easter, we gather outside around the canal (weather permitting) to walk the way of the cross through fourteen stations depicting Christ's life on earth. At the end of the service we hear “Go now! Take up your cross and with your life complete your way.” (Clarence Enzler, ave maria press)

Lectio Divina

A very ancient art, practiced at one time by all Christians, is the technique known as lectio divina - a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures which enables the Bible, the Word of God, to become a means of union with God. This ancient practice has been kept alive in the Christian monastic tradition, and is one of the precious treasures of Benedictine monastics and oblates. Together with the Liturgy and daily manual labor, time set aside in a special way for lectio divina enables us to discover in our daily life an underlying spiritual rhythm. Within this rhythm we discover an increasing ability to offer more of ourselves and our relationships to the Father, and to accept the embrace that God is continuously extending to us in the person of his Son Jesus Christ.

Experiencing and Walking the Labyrinth

From time to time we offer the students the chance to grow in their prayer experience by having a Christian labyrinth set up at UIndy, or by traveling to a local community to utilize their outdoor labyrinth. Prayer, then, is truly 'walking the walk' as well as 'talking the talk'!