University Ministry to host Encountering Christ Lenten Faith Sharing Sessions

Throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, young adults in their 20’s and 30’s, married and single, are gathering with peers this Lent for meaningful conversations about their Catholic faith and the ways God is at work in their lives. The discussions are also centering around young adults’ goals, dreams, hungers, concerns, and spiritual needs, as well as their relationship to the larger Church.

The Office for University Ministry will host five sessions of faith sharing based on Scripture, in which young adults’ shared voices and perspectives will lead them to more deeply encounter Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The sessions will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in McDonough Chapel of the Mother of Mercy. Prior to the gathering, ashes will be distributed at a 7 p.m. service in the Chapel.

The schedule of topics for each session is as follows. All sessions take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel, and will end by 9 p.m. Participants are welcome to come to any or all sessions.

  • Wed, Feb. 13 – Encountering the Living Christ (Distribution of Ashes at 7 p.m.)
  • Wed, Feb. 20 – The Way to Conversion: Growing Closer to Christ and One Another
  • Wed, Feb. 27 – The Way of Communion
  • Wed, March 6 – The Way to Solidarity: “I am with you in this!”
  • Wed, March 13 – Christ Prepares us and Sends us on a Mission

The sessions will culminate in an opportunity to gather with Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., and young adult peers who have participated in Encountering Christ sessions throughout the Archdiocese, at DePaul University from noon to 9 p.m. on Sat., April 6. The day will include faith sharing, large and small group discussions, a conversation with Cardinal George, Mass at 5:45 p.m., and a social.

For further information or to confirm your attendance at the sessions sponsored by University Ministry, contact Jim Bruton at For further information on other sites hosting Encountering Christ sessions, visit the Young Adult Ministry website.