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Places to Worship


  • 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.

    Places to Worship:

  • Agape Chapel

    Worship_AgapeChapel_InTextThis intimate space, located near the Immaculate Conception Chapel, is home to ecumenical worship services and used by students for quiet reflection and prayer.

    DiSepio Spiritual Wellness Room & Labrynth

    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.

     

    An outdoor labyrinth meditation garden

    Worship_WellnessCenter2_InTextLocated 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.

    An indoor ecumenical meditation area

    Worship_WellnessCenter_InTextThe 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.  

    Immaculate Conception Chapel

    Worship_Chapel_InTextThe Chapel is open daily, offering opportunities for solitude and reflection. Daily Mass at noon, two Sunday Masses, weekly Reconciliation, as well as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are offered.

    Click here to learn more about the Chapel.

    Mount Assisi Gardens at Schwab Estate

    Worship_Gardens_InTextAcross 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.

    Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

    Worship_Grotto2_InTextA 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.

    Places to Worship off campus

    Worship_OffCampus_InTextCampus 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.

    Local Area Transportation

    Every Sunday morning, a van will leaves 10:00 a.m. from JFK to take students to Lakeview Nazarene Church at 10:30 a.m.

    Smart phone App

    The Faith Finder App, developed by Saint Francis students, provides Mass and Confession times and locations within the eight county Altoona/Johnstown Diocese area.

    Local Worship Directory

    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.