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Retreats and Spiritual Enrichment

College can be a time of great growth for students and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life is happy to journey with students as they strive to develop their whole selves. We believe that spirituality is at the core of who we are as human beings and we continually look for ways to help students develop the spiritual dimension of themselves.

"Faith and Food" Evenings

The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life invites members of the faculty, staff and administration to share, informally, how they live and celebrate their own faith. Students share a home-cooked meal and then participate in a lively and informative dialogue with each presenter.

"Faith in Action" Evenings

Current students and alumni visit the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life to share their real-life experiences of putting faith into action. These inspirational members of the University community live by the values of the Salve Regina mission statement in conjunction with Catholic social teaching. Each has helped transform the world in his or her own way.


The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life offers two weekend retreats throughout the year, one per semester. Retreats are open to all undergraduate students regardless of their religious affiliation or what stage they are at in their faith journey. While the retreats vary in content and topic, each is meant to help students to focus on their spiritual growth and to deepen their relationship with God while developing friendships that support their spirituality. Retreats are student planned and led with guidance from the Mercy Center staff.

Sacramental Preparation and Joining the Catholic Church

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a program for those who want to receive the sacraments of initiation - baptism, Holy Eucharist and/or confirmation - in the Roman Catholic Church. The process enables participants to become a member of the Catholic Church or, for those already baptized in the Catholic Church, to complete sacramental instruction.

Sacramental preparation begins during the fall semester and culminates in April. Throughout the year, members of the Salve Regina community journey and study with students who wish to make this commitment. Through the preparation, students grow in their understanding of Scripture, sacraments, prayer and the church and deepen their relationship with God.

The Mercy Center also hosts discussions, movies, speakers and other events designed to stretch and strengthen your spirituality.