Prayer can take place anywhere; as you walk to class, as you are studying, as you are socializing with friends. You don’t have to be in a church to pray. Anytime you are communicating with God, you are praying.
This intimate space, located near the Immaculate Conception Chapel, is used by students for quiet reflection and prayer.
The Spiritual Wellness Center includes two spaces; one, the labyrinth, an outdoors in a sunken courtyard between the DiSepio Institute and the mall; and the second component, an indoor meditation room offers individuals and small groups an opportunity to meditate and pray.
Located in a courtyard at the DiSepio Center, students of various faiths can take a journey into oneself. The tradition of the labyrinth dates back to medieval times when people who could not travel long distances to shrines would take their pilgrimages by walking a labyrinth at a nearby Cathedral. The three-lobe labyrinth is patterned into the pavers that constitute the courtyard’s floor. Access from either from the Institute’s first-floor atrium or from the Mall.
The indoor meditation room offers individuals and small groups an opportunity to meditate and pray, isolated from the building’s otherwise busy environment on the Institute’s second floor. The room contains a small library as well as various meditation focal points and icons. A variety of programs are held here including Bible studies and reflections, yoga and meditation, with prayer mats and shawls to assist all faiths in prayer.
The Chapel is open daily, offering opportunities for solitude and reflection. Daily Mass, two Sunday Masses, weekly Reconciliation, as well as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are offered.
Click here to learn more about the Chapel.
Across from the main entrance to the University are the lush gardens of Mt. Assisi. Visitors can walk the Stations of the Cross under arbors of wisteria, sit quietly on a bench and ponder the goodness of God in nature, or light a candle at one of the two shrines.The gardens of the magnificent former Charles M. Schwab Estate (now Mount Assisi Friary) are open for public viewing. The Italian Renaissance style garden was created by Charles Wellford Leavitt Jr., a pioneering landscape engineer who also designed Forbes Field.
A group of alumni and Knights of Columbus recently renovated this tranquil space which is located on the North side of campus. Tucked away in the trees, there is a path where visitors can walk the Stations of the Cross, and visit the Piata and outdoor worship areas.
This beautiful outdoor spiritual space includes a replica of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, the Pieta statue, a Nativity scene, in addition to the Stations of the Cross. It can be accessed from a paved path behind St. Francis Hall.
Campus Ministry seeks to provide as many opportunities for prayer and reflection on campus as possible, but we realize that those who come from faith traditions other than Catholicism may find it particularly important to connect with a community of faith off campus.
The Faith Finder App, developed by Saint Francis students, provides Mass and Confession times and locations within the eight county Altoona/Johnstown Diocese area.
While the University provides many on-campus places to worship, there are also many off-campus religious opportunities and area churches for all denominations.
View the local worship directory.
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