Campus Ministry

Busy Person's Retreat   Special Prayer Intentions

Campus Ministry at Mercy College provides opportunities where students, faculty and staff are offered a variety of ways to explore, challenge, develop and live out their faith.

Rooted in the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, Campus Ministry promotes the institution's Catholic Christian values unifying the community with retreats, service, friendship and prayer. Located in Brennan Hall, Campus Ministry offers a warm and welcoming place where members of the community gather to share stories, reflect on their spirituality and seek support and pastoral guidance.

Campus Ministry's programs are inclusive of all faith backgrounds and designed to make every student, faculty and staff member feel comfortable and welcome in our Mercy College family. Whether experiencing a retreat activity, a community building event, participating in one of our community service projects or praying together in our chapel, Campus Ministry offers opportunities to explore one's spirituality and develop one's faith.

Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction

Whether this is your first semester in college or if you are a "seasoned" college student, it doesn't take long to realize that college life sometimes can be very complex and challenging.  This is especially true if you are away from home for the first time, balancing a full time student schedule and also working, married and in a significant relationship, or a parent raising children. There are times when these situations create moments of sadness, stress, anxiety and other emotional and spiritual hurdles.

Because you are important to our community and your success in preparing for a career as a health care provider is a high priority for us, campus ministry is here to offer you support and encouragement during these complex and challenging moments.

The campus ministry office is a safe place where students can be themselves and they can express their concerns and talk about their experiences in a fully confidential setting.  

All visitors to the Campus Ministry office are treated with dignity, respect and compassion offering them a presence where one does not feel alone but supported and comforted. Referrals to professional counselors in the area are also available.

Busy Person’s Retreat

The Mercy College Busy Persons' Retreat provides students, faculty and staff the one on one opportunity for spiritual development and reflection on matters of  faith. The retreat invites all to more profoundly integrate their spiritual lives with their educational and professional lives.

This retreat is an opportunity for you to spend about 30 minutes daily for five days (usually Monday through Friday) in reading and prayerful reflection.  Each day, you will also meet for about 30 minutes with a spiritual guide from campus ministry for further support and guidance.

The Busy Person Retreat is available at times compatible with one's busy schedule during the fall, spring and summer semesters.  

Special Prayer Intentions

Here at Mercy College, we pray for all those in need in our college, in our community and in our world who make special requests.  We invite you to make your own prayer request using the online form or by writing your request in our prayer intention book located in the entry way of the Brennan Hall Chapel.

These intentions will be remembered in the prayers and masses offered in our chapel throughout each week.

Quick Info

Campus Ministry Religious Services

  • Catholic Mass - Second Monday of the Month
    Mondays, 8:15 a.m.
    Celebrant: Fr. Mark Owusu,
    Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry


Ryan (Bud) Marr, PhDc

Director of Campus Ministry
(515) 643-6796
Brennan Hall, Room 124
rmarr@mercydesmoines.org

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