Prayers Offered at the Meetings of
Xavier's Board of Trustees

As We Make Decisions

Heavenly Father,

We come to you today asking four your guidence, wisdom, and support as we begin this meeting.
Help us engage in meaningful discussion; allow us to grow closer as a group and nurture the bonds of community.
Fill us with your grace, Lord God, as we make decisions that might affect the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of this University.
And, continue to remind us that all that we do here today, all that we accomplish, is for the the pursuit of truth, for the greater glory of you, and for the service of humanity.
We ask these things in your name, Amen.

Offered by Ted Torbeck

Reflecting on the New Year

Dear Lord,

As we approach the holiday season and look forward to the fast approaching New Year, let us take a few minutes to reflect on the year. 
  Let us reflect with gratitude on all that we have been given in life-- our family, our friends, and the community here at Xavier. 
  Let us reflect with sadness on the recent terrorists events that have put so many people in pearl. 
  Let us reflect with gladness on all that is good and beautiful and kind and giving in the world. 
  Let us reflect with hope on the transformational times in which we live-- filled with innovation, advancements and endless possibility. 
  And as we make these reflections...

  Let us pray for peace in the world 
  Let us pray for the health and happiness of our Xavier community 
  Let us pray for support in our mission to make Xavier a university of great learning-- producing  the next generation of thinkers and leaders with a strong calling to make the world a better place. 
  And finally, let us look forward to the new year with a renewed sense of purpose and hope and giving. Whether our impact is to be big or small, affecting many or affecting one, let us use our time, talents and treasure to make a difference in the world.

Written and offered by Deb Henretta

May Today There Be Peace Within 

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

Offered by Tommy Sedler

Attributed to St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Theresa of Avila

The Fast Life

Fast from judging others;
      Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from fear of illness;
      Feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute;
      Feast on speech that purifies.
Fast from discontent;
      Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger;
      Feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism;
      Feast on hope.
Fast from negatives;
      Feast on encouragement.
Fast from bitterness;
      Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern;
      Feast on compassion.
Fast from suspicion;
      Feast on truth.
Fast from gossip;
      Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm;
      Feast on prayer that sustains.
Fast from anxiety;
      Feast on faith.

Offered by Calvin Buford
Author Unknown

Loving and Gracious God, you are indeed the giver of all good gifts and we come together this day to seek your wisdom, guidance, courage and strength. Be with us in our deliberations and help us to be wise in the decisions we make for Xavier University and the good of all those who have placed their trust and confidence in our leadership. Give us insight to lead with integrity that our decisions may reflect what is right and good. Keep us from shortsightedness. Help us to make decisions that strive to be for the good of all while guarding us from blind self-interest. Finally, dear Lord, grant us the humility to always seek your will in all that we do and say. All Glory be to you, loving God, now and forever. Amen.

      Written & offered by Gary Robinette 

 O Yahweh, Al-Elah, O Almighty God, though we seek you on many paths, guide us to serve as one this great institution of your creation.

Grant us, always, as Father Arrupe asked so many years ago, to see everything now with new eyes, to discern and test the spirits that help us read the sign of the times, to relish the things that are from the Master of the Universe, and to communicate them to others. Give us the clarity of understanding that you gave St. Ignatius in whose heritage we move and conduct our affairs.

Help us now to build a culture of encounter and of mutual discernment and respect as we journey to the frontiers of education and society as part of the Xavier Way.

In the name of God we pray, Amen.

      Offered by Phil Gasiewicz

Patience, Hard Thing! The Hard Thing But To Pray
An Advent poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ

Patience, hard thing! the hard thing but to pray,

But bid for, Patience is! Patience who asks

Wants war, wants wounds; weary his times, his tasks;

To do without, take tosses, and obey.

Rare patience roots in these, and, these away,

Nowhere. Natural heart's ivy, Patience masks

Our ruins of wrecked past purpose. There she basks

Purple eyes and seas of liquid leaves all day. 

We hear our hearts grate on themselves: it kills

To bruise them dearer. Yet the rebellious wills

Of us we do bid God bend to him even so.

And where is he who more and more distills

Delicious kindness. He is patient. Patience fills.

His crisp combs, and that comes those ways we know.

      Offered by Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., Ph.D.

Loving God,

Just as the Xavier community gathered on September 9 to call upon your Holy Spirit to guide Xavier University this year, we too call upon this same Spirit to direct this board in the decisions we will make that affect the students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of this university. Inspire us in our conversation; grant us humility to be discerning in our listening and attentive to the stirrings in our hearts.

We pray in thanksgiving for the leadership of Fr. Graham and for his team; for the entire dedicated faculty and staff as they enliven the spirit of our mission daily; and for our students that they truly cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action. 

Keep us mindful that all we do, we do for your greater glory!

Keep us mindful and thankful for your many blessings!

We pray this through the intercession of our founder St. Ignatius and our patron St. Francis Xavier.                                   


      Written and offered by Fr Bill Verbyke, SJ

Good and Gracious God, we gather in gratitude on this Founders' Day as we recognize that spirit of generosity upon which this institution was established, and that spirit of generosity which carries us today to be faithful to our mission:

the mission of educating each student intellectually, morally, and spiritually;  by preparing students for a world that is increasingly diverse, complex and interdependent; by striving to challenge and support students as they cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action. 

We pray in thanksgiving for the many people that give life to this mission each day: faculty, staff and students. But this evening we especially acknowledge those members of our community who give in philanthropic ways to sustain Xavier University, members of the 1831 Society.

We gather in an even special way tonight to acknowledge the many ways that Xavier has been blessed through the generosity of time, talent and treasure of Mr. Joseph A. Pichler, whom we honor tonight with the 2013 Founders Day Award. And we recognize his wonderful wife Susan, for their longstanding dedication and support!

We ask your blessings upon the food we are about to eat. May this meal and our time together symbolize for us the many ways we experience your goodness. And may you also bless each of us and our families; and bless our world with peace.

Keep us always mindful of your great love as we see you in creation and experience you in one another.

We pray to you, most loving and giving God. Amen

      Written and offered by Fr Bill Verbryke, SJ

St. Ignatius' Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous. St. Ignatius' Prayer for Generosity
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

      Offered by SGA President Drew Dziedzic

Good and Merciful God,

We thank you for the blessed opportunity to facilitate your mission at Xavier University Board of Trustees, Educators and Administrators. We humbly beseech you to share with us the knowledge and wisdom you bestowed upon St. Ignatius and St. Frances Xavier, so we may guide and nurture this precious vessel of institutional learning with faith-based growth. Please strengthen us to make appropriate heartfelt decisions that are beneficial to the mission of the great University. Let us emulate your love, as we share our love and generosity for the development of this catholic institution, and perform our duties with enthusiasm and great zeal.

Please bless all of our students, the life-blood of Xavier University. Help them to learn, experience, and grasp the appropriate toolsets needed to succeed in their lives and to further the legacy of this Catholic institution.

During this season of lent, strengthen all of us to sacrifice in your name. Let these works enable us to find God, and to empower us by his Holy Spirit to perform our duties.

In Jesus' name, we pray.


      Offered and written by Robert Heidt, M.D.

Let me first say that I am grateful for this opportunity as a Protestant student. Xavier does a great job of making non-Catholics feel welcome. Now, please bow your heads as we go to God in prayer. I will pray in the Christian tradition.

Lord, we thank you for the opportunity to gather together as students, faculty, administration, and board members. We thank you for this year's successes and areas of growth. Give us the strength to continue progressiong as a university informed by our Jesuit values and mission. Bless the food and those that prepared it. All these things we ask in Jesus' name. Amen

Offered and written by student, Lauren White

Father in heaven:
In this holy season of Advent we long for the fullness of salvation,
for ourselves and for our world;
into the darkness of winter,
send the light of your Son.

Guide us in our meeting today,
so that everything we do might begin by your inspiration,
and be carried out through your grace,
so that all of our intentions and actions might seek only your service and
well-being of the students entrusted to our care.

Through Christ, our Lord.

      Offered and written by Tim Howe, S.J.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the gift of life, and for the gift of those lives who dedicate their efforts, in the Ignatian tradition, to nourish both the mind and spirit. We ask that Your spirit be among us today as we consider our responsibilities to our Jesuit Institutions, our president, our faculty and our students.
In Christ's name we pray, Amen.

      Offered and written by Stephen Cuntz

God of Love,

We are meeting today regarding ordinary and extraordinary matters of Xavier University - matters which will ultimately affect the students who have entrusted Xavier to engage them intellectually, morally and spiritually.

Be with us in our discussions.
Give us insight and courage to do Your will with compassion and reverence, as stewards and companions for the benefit of the entire campus community and beyond.

Help us to know and believe in the gifts you have given us as Trustees, both individually and collectively.

Inspire us to solve the challenges we may face and to take joy in our shared triumphs, both mundane and grand.

In faith and hope, we trust in your presence and guidance today.


      Offered by Karen Wells
      Written by Debra Mooney

Be present with us, O Holy Spirit, for it is in your name that we are specially gathered together.

Come to help us in our affairs, and be pleased to enter into our deliberations.

Let it be you, first of all,who inspires our suggestions.

Grant that we may act wisely in service to Xavier University.

Keep us by the gift of your grace in harmony with your will, so that we may act as one with you.


      Offered by Donna Jones Baker

Let us pray

God of Wisdom,
We are gathered here today to serve You and conduct the affairs of Xavier University.

Give us knowledge and strength to do Your will with a proper balance of eternal values and our present needs.

May we accept our responsibilities, act with courage, and uphold the education of tomorrow's leaders.

Grant us a sense of justice and wise stewardship both now and forever.


      Offered by James Wainscott

All loving God, we gather this morning in your name and in your service.

Give us the grace to serve you well.

Instill in us the humility to discern your will and the generosity to carry it out.

Grant us, especially, the virtue of gratitude:gratitude for the privilege of our calling,
   gratitude for the abilities we bring to our work, and gratitude for all who accompany us on the journey.

These things we ask of you this and every day.


      Offered by David Joyce

As we look to and plan for the future of Xavier University - and our own personal future - let us hand over to God the feelings that are deep within each of us, participants in the ongoing creative activity of God.

   give us patience to trust in Your slow and constant
   creative power.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything
   to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way
   to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress
   that new creation is made by passing through
   some stages of instability ?
   and that it may take a very long time.

Help us to be patient
   and understand Your ideas mature gradually within us.

Enable us to let them grow,
   let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

Help us not to force the future
   as though we could be today
      what time, grace, and circumstances
      will make of us tomorrow.

Only You can say what this new spirit,
   Gradually forming within us, will be.

We give to You, Loving Creator, our faith
   and trust that the benefit of our believing
      is a deeper realization
   that Your hand is leading us
      when we accept the anxiety of felling ourselves
      in suspense and incomplete,
   waiting for Your plan to unfold in its own time,

We trust in Your creative power,
   Source of all that is and all that will ever be.


      Offered by John LaRocca, S.J.
      Written by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.
      (paraphrased by Darrell J. Burns, S.J.)

Holy God,
   we gather here as members of this Board
   and we thank You for calling us together.

It is our privilege and our responsibility
   to support, foster, and advance
   the mission of Xavier University.

We accept this task in total dependence upon You,
   for it is You Who began this work
   You Who guide it and will bring it to fulfillment.

Send Your creative Spirit upon us:
   open our hearts to recognize Your presence among us;
   open our minds to respond to Your calling.

Enable us to draw upon the wisdom and experience of yesterday
   as we respond to the questions and concerns of tomorrow.

Give us freedom to speak the truth boldly and with kindness;

Give us patience to listen openly, without prejudice;

Give us confidence to discover and explore new possibilities;

Give us wisdom to discern what is right and good and just;

Give us courage to participate in Your ongoing work of creation.

We call upon the intercession of St. Ignatius to confirm our prayer
   and to support our endeavors.

All glory, honor, and praise are Yours, Holy God, for all ages.


      Offered by Ann Hoffman
      Adapted from a prayer written by Darrell J. Burns, S.J

Good and Loving God,

We thank you for creating the world in all its beauty.

We thank you for memory, which enables us to build on the experiences of the past;
for imagination, which admits us to a wider world than we could otherwise know;
and for foresight, by which we plan for the future.

Bless this unseen work that we do on behalf of Xavier's many students who,
through their Jesuit education,
will strive to make a difference in the world.

We ask this in your name


      Offered by John Maydonovitch
      Written by Joe Shadle

God of Love,

We are meeting today regarding ordinary and extraordinary matters of Xavier University, matters which will ultimately affect the students who have entrusted Xavier to engage them intellectually, morally and spiritually.

Be with us in our discussions.
Give us insight and courage to do Your will with compassion and reverence, as stewards and companions for the benefit of the entire campus community and beyond.

Help us to know and believe in the gifts you have given us as Trustees, both individually and collectively.
Inspire us to solve the challenges we may face and to take joy in our shared triumphs, both mundane and grand.

In faith and hope, we trust in your presence and guidance today.


      Offered by Jessica Zeller
      Written by Debra Mooney

Opening Prayer for the Meeting of Xavier's Jesuit Identity Committee

Let us pray.

Good and loving God,
We gather this morning in your name.

The gifts of our Ignatian heritage invite us to be part of a tradition
that builds on the wisdom of the past
with a vision open to the opportunities of the future.

Bless this vital work that we do on behalf of Xavier's students
who, through their Jesuit education,
are challenged to make a difference in the world.

Give us the grace to serve you well.
Instill in us the humility to discern your will
and the generosity to carry it out.

We ask this in your name. Amen.

      Offered at every meeting of the Jesuit Identity Committee
      written by the staff of the Center for Mission and Identity