Faith development at the University of Richmond
Catholic students at The University of Richmond don’t need to leave their faith behind when they come to college. Catholic Life offers regular opportunities for spiritual growth and development including Bible study, a Rosary group, adoration, and participation in various events with other Catholic students in the diocese. Students also take part in retreats, pilgrimages and service projects through the university’s Office of the Chaplaincy and Center for Civic Engagement.
This fall, we must pause the celebration of the Eucharist at Sunday Mass. Instead, we will follow university guidelines and offer an outdoor liturgy at 5 p.m. on Sundays, along with a livestream or pre-recorded service.
When we return to our regular operating schedule, visiting priests preside at Mass on Sundays at 5 p.m. in Cannon Memorial Chapel during the academic year. Students direct the music and serve as lectors, ushers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The Sacrament of Reconcilation is generally available before and after Mass.
Cookouts and shared meals after Mass help to bring the community closer.
Catholic Life offers Lectio Divina Bible study via Zoom every Monday. Lectio Divina is an ancient tradition of holy reading of the Bible and it is a great way to grow deeper in your faith.
Liturgy of the Hours - click below
Kairos Evening Prayer
Catholic Life joins with other Christian groups to celebrate Evening Prayer via Zoom every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Catholic and Protestant students are part of the leadership for this service.
Students and Deacon Tom gather informally via Zoom on Wednesday afternoons to discuss the "big" issues of faith and life relevant to college students.
We offer Midday Prayer via Zoom every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. when the university is in session.
Adoration, other devotions
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is offered about once a month during the semester. Other devotions, such as the Rosary group, have varing schedules depending student availability.
Contact Deacon Tom for details. We offer confirmation and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults programs for students.