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This year the Regis Center for Ministry and Service is proud to present new spaces on campus that foster and promote spiritual growth. At the end of last year we inaugurated the Peace Room, a room found in St. Joseph Hall – across from our office – that is always open for people of all and no faith for quiet time, prayer, and meditation. The Peace Room is intended to be a safe space for all to feel welcomed and at ease. Along with the Peace Room we have inaugurated the Peace Pole, an open space in the Quad intended for community prayer, conversation, and meditation. At the beginning of this school year we were happy to renew and inaugurate yet another worship space, The Grotto. The Grotto is located by the Regis Tower and it is the perfect place to pray and worship in the open in the midst of all that nature has to offer. All are welcome into these sacred spaces!
We invite all students, faculty, and staff to join us every Thursday at 12:20 for meditation, reflection, prayer, and conversation around the Peace Pole. This 10-minute gathering, held every Thursday, is intended to be a brief break from the stresses of campus life, and it is open to all. We hope to see you there!
- Use the Meditation Room within College Hall Chapel. It is a comfortable space for quiet reflection and prayer.
- Visit the Peace Room and spend some time enjoying the quiet space for meditation.
- Apply to a service/immersion trip during a school break
- Join in luncheon discussions and other programs offered through the semester
- Connect with other students
- Sign up for local service opportunities and reach out to make a difference in our neighborhood.
- Come to Mass on Sunday for a chance to build a faith community
- Stop by The Center for Ministry & Service to chat, explore, question, read, snack, and relax.
The Rebirth of the Regis Grotto
Thanks to the generosity of Eileen McCormick Langenus ’78 and Peter Langenus, Trustee; Farrah Christensen and Hans Christensen, Trustee
It was well known but not well seen.
Just off the beaten path and behind some bushes on the south side of campus, stood a statue of the Virgin Mary enclosed in a small, stone grotto.
For students in the 1930s and 40s, the space was a beloved source of solitude and prayer, and even served as the final destination for the university’s annual May Day parade. But over the years as age set in, the path was less traveled and the bushes continued to grow.
Then university trustee Peter Langenus heard about the space from fellow trustee Ruth Sanderson Kingsbury, Class of 1957. As a devoted visitor of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at his alma mater the University of Notre Dame, Langenus was immediately inspired to create a similar space for Regis students.
Peter and his wife Eileen, Class of 1978, joined forces with trustee Hans Christensen and his wife Farrah to make generous donations to bring the Grotto back to life.
Local landscapers removed overrun foliage and planted annuals and perennials. Electricity from the nearby Norman Tower gives power to LED lighting that shines on the Grotto and the walkway. A path from the famous tower leads to the Grotto to encourage visitors. Six granite benches serve as pews and a granite altar adorns the beautifully landscaped garden. The project took a little over a year to complete.
A crowd gathered to dedicate the newly transformed Grotto over reunion weekend in May. At the service, Langenus said he was proud that Regis students have a Grotto to call their own.
The Alumni Chorus performed Immaculate Mary and Regis Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy blessed the space. Father Paul hopes the Grotto will become a spiritual destination of prayer and peace for students in the midst of a busy campus.
The Center for Ministry & Service
St. Joseph Hall Room 4
We invite you to visit. All are welcome.
The Center for Ministry & Service is committed to fostering your spiritual needs and encouraging you "to act justly, love tenderly, serve one another and walk humbly with God." Micah 6:8