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How We Pray: “I Want My Life to Be a Prayer.”

Catholicism: Part three of a series about student spirituality


On Sundays, they gather in Marsh Chapel for communal worship. At least four times a day, they pray facing Mecca in a room at the George Sherman Union. On Fridays and Saturdays, they meet in Hillel House on Bay State Road, and when the seasons change, they celebrate on the lawn behind Marsh Plaza. They are the hundreds of students involved in spiritual life at Boston University, the former Methodist seminary that is now home to 29 religious groups that include students of all races, nationalities, and beliefs.

As fall semester began, BU Today talked to students about how and why prayer is a part of their daily lives on campus. This week, we present five slide shows of students from five different religions: Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, Christian Science, and Hinduism.

Students at the Boston University Catholic Center pray at daily mass, which takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, at 12:10 p.m. in the center’s chapel at 211 Bay State Rd. The center’s students also pray the rosary Monday through Thursday at 5:45 p.m., and Sunday masses are at 12:30, 6:30, and 10 p.m. at Marsh Chapel.

In the slide show above, Renee Vyhanek (CAS’08), a member of the center’s Student Pastoral Council, talks about how she thinks of prayer as a conversation with God that takes place throughout her day.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu. Jessica Ullian can be reached at jullian@bu.edu.

This story originally ran October 18, 2007.


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