Academic Meeting or Event Prayers

Various Meetings and Relationships

A Prayer for Our Work with Students

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 have otherwise known;
and for foresight, by which we plan for the future.
Bless this unseen work that we do on behalf of our students who,
through their Jesuit education,
will strive to make a difference in the world.
We ask this in your name.

- Joseph P. Shadle


Dear gracious God,

Thank you for the opportunity to gather here today
to celebrate the Xavier Mentor-Mentee Program.
In learning from our mentors, please help us to
use the advice they have given us to make 
the most of our time here and in life after Xavier.

Bless this food and bless all of us as we go 
to do your work in the world.

- Kristen M. Kennedy

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Blessed are you, Lord our God,
maker of the universe and Father of all.
Guide the members of this meeting
and help them to serve the people of N.
Bring success to their work
and reward them for the good they do.

- Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Celebrate Diversity

Hear us, O God, above us.
Hear us, O God, within us
We ask on this day that you lead us to value and to celebrate our diversity,
And to recognize and to offer up on the altar of our common purpose
the distinctive gifts by which we enrich each other and our mission.
Help us to cherish both our talents and our interdependence as we make
common cause in the service of you and all your people.

- Joe Wessling

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Preparing For Service

Lord our God,
look with love on the people of this community
and keep them safe in your service.
Guide the members of this council,
and help them to work together
for the good of all.
Bless their plans and deliberations,
and bring them to success.

- Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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For Years of University Service

The Poet and philosopher Gibran wrote: "In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the endless oceans; in one aspect of you are found all the aspects of existence."

Eternal God,

We thank you for giving us our Xavier community. And so we pray that every member of the Xavier community wherever they may be on this beautiful planet that we all call home, will continue to embody our core values of reflection, justice and service. we pray that you grant us the wisdom and the courage to continue to serve our students and our society. We pray that we do our pray faithfully and selflessly to nurture a caring and supportive environment for our community. "It is when we give of ourself that we truly give, wrote Gibran." We seek your blessings to remain true to this ideal. We thank you for giving us this purpose.

- Hema Krishnan

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Conference or Convention Prayer

God of goodness,
maker of heaven and earth,
you have chosen us to be your people:
help us to give you glory in everything we do.

Bless this group,
and let it bring may people together.
Help us to meet one another in joy
and to gain many benefits
from being here together.

- Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Wise Decisions

Praise to you, Lord God, king of the universe:
you have made the world for us to live in.
Grant us light
to know the needs of our community,
and strength to make wise decisions
for the benefit of all.
Do not let self-interest or greed influence us,
for you have chosen us to serve your people.

- Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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For Your Projects

Blessed are you, Lord God,
ruler of all creation:
you know our hearts and our plans,
and guide all that we do for your glory.
Grant that this project will be for your honor
and for the benefit of all your people.

- Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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In Times of Transition

God of Love,
you are with us in every transition and change.
As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety,
we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.
We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.
We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.
We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.
Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.
We ask this in your holy name.

- Joe Shadle

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An Ignatian Prayer for Decision-Making Meetings

Good and loving God, our source of love and light -
thank you for bringing us together today in a spirit of generosity.
May we honor one another by keeping an open mind.
May we voice our truth and listen with an open heart.
May we discern your will to unite in fruitful outcome. 
We ask for your wisdom and grace, to use our talents for the betterment of others. 
With gratitude, we offer this prayer in your name.

- Debra Mooney

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We Seek to Be Good Stewards

Good and loving God, source of every grace and blessing,
we give you thanks this day for the many gifts you have
given us. We seek to be good stewards, Lord. Bless us as we
gather here to share your gifts. Send us your spirit and be pres-
ent among us in the mouths of all who speak, in the ears of all
who listen, and at the heart of all we say and do. We ask this in
Jesus' name.

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This Workplace Today

As I enter this workplace I bring your presence with me. 
I speak your peace, your grace, your mercy, and your perfect order in this office. 
I acknowledge your power over all that will be spoken, thought, decided, and done within these walls.

Lord, I thank you for the gifts you have blessed me with. 
I commit to using them responsibly in your honor. 
Give me a fresh supply of strength to do my job. 
Anoint my projects, ideas, and energy so that even my smallest accomplishment may bring you glory.

Lord, when I am confused guide me. 
When I am burned out infuse me with the light of the Holy Spirit.
May the work that I do and the way I do it bring faith, joy, and a smile to all that I come in contact with today. 

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This Workplace Today

For Business Success

Lord God,

Thank you for granting us the opportunity to oversee the operations of this university. We trust in your wisdom as we seek to work hard to make it secure and prosperous. May good practice be the cornerstone of everything we do. Come reveal new opportunities and areas for expansion and development. Bless our place of work and give us wisdom and calm. Let the University be of great service to others, prospering through decency, honesty and respect for our colleagues and students. May we be strong and courageous, making wise decisions guided by the Holy Spirit and not afraid or discouraged. May this university grow and flourish, creating great opportunity and provision for all those educated herein.

- Written and offered by Steve Stork

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Furthering Our Mission Today

Most merciful God,
be with us today as we gather together in this place.
As we awoke this morning, we felt the first chill of winter's frost.
Yet, you brought us a beautiful day full of blue sky and the amazing array of colors of the fall leaves.
We are so grateful for the beauty you give to us.
Beauty that is given freely to us, we do nothing to earn it.
Your abundant grace and unconditional love for us is evident all around!
We are indeed blessed!

May all that we do further our Ignatian mission with our co-workers and the students you trust to our care.
May we always feel the protection of your loving arms around us.

- Daun Seitz

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