December 1

Back Patio of Morrissey Hall

Join senior psychology major Dora Leonardo and rest in prayerful repose on the back patio of Morrissey Manor.

“Out in this space surrounded by trees and overlooking the lakes, I can let the stress from school drop away and instead allow myself to connect with nature and feel God’s presence in the atmosphere. Even though I live off campus now, it remains a safe space for reflection, and I still come here to journal and feel the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.”

In this season of Advent, as we recall how the power of the Holy Spirit enabled Mary to bear a Savior, how can we recognize those common places where the Holy Spirit is most at work in our own lives so that we might also be agents of Christ’s peace?



  1. Thanks for the reminder to go down to the water (Lake Michigan), recognize it’s beauty and magesty while I contemplate the good fortune that I have been blessed to receive.

  2. thank you for doing this series again.
    I start each day reflecting on the sacred places and the people (especially the students) to whom each space means so much.
    Go Irish!

  3. Beautiful way to start your day and I am so happy that I started my day by watching your video. I must confess that as an alumna of the first women to live in Lyons Hall, I am envious that there wasn’t a patio back in the day. 😏

  4. Sitting in my bedroom prayer space in Montana, your beautiful reflection brought tears. Thank you for sharing a way we can all find sacred spaces to meet The Holy Spirit wherever we are.

  5. Dora: Thanks for this reminder of how important it is to find that quiet place each day to “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

  6. Wonderful food the thought and a great way to start the day. Morrissey Hall has changed and this is good…

  7. Thank you. That was beautiful. I have visited that site when I visited my grandson and I can see how wonderful it would be at sunrise. Have a Blessed Christmas.

  8. I’m new to this site and very pleased to have access to it. It’s nearly mid day for me and your quiet reflections have refreshed my soul.
    Thank you 🙏

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