Full crowd participating in University of Mary's annual Prayer Day

Pause & Reflect

For four decades, the University of Mary has hosted Prayer Day as an opportunity to pause and reflect on the many gifts of God. Prayer Day gives special meaning to Mary's mission of being a faithfully Christian, joyfully Catholic, and gratefully Benedictine place of learning and community … for Life.

Prayer Day includes a presentation from a prominent speaker on a topic of faith and is organized by the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry.

2023 Prayer Day

Father Riccardo

Keynote Speaker

Fr. John Riccardo of ACTS XXIX

Fr. John Riccardo is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, ordained in 1996. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of ACTS XXIX, a new non-profit apostolate that exists for the purpose of priestly and Church renewal.

Event Details

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Founders Hall

The event is free and open to the public.


  • 3 pm — Keynote, “Getting Clarity on Mission”: Fr. John Riccardo, Founders Hall 
  • 4:30 pm — Solemn Vespers and Mass, Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel
  • 7 pm — Prayer and Healing Service, Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel

Free admission.

The Rescue Project

Conceived by Father John Riccardo in collaboration with his fellow missionary disciples at ACTS XXIX, The Rescue Project series comprises eight 40-minute videos that together reveal the transformative power of the biblical story of redemption. 

Have Questions?

Call University Ministry at 701-355-3704 or email us.