Happy Holidays!

SL Christmas Card 2015

Wishing you a really GROOVY holiday season! Bring on 2016!

From the Office of Student Life,

Godfrey, Kayla, Amanda, Dr. Benson, Vivian, Nancy, Lauren, Courtney, Alec, Caitlin, and Kaleen


Mental Health Awareness Week

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, Buzzfeed posted a series of videos to bring attention to the stigma surrounding mental health and to try to provide an understanding of what those who are suffering with it go through.

6 Untrue Facts About Mental health You Probably Believe:

Living With A Mental Disorder:

Taking Antidepressants For The First Time:

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Emotional Abuse:

My Pill Journey:

What People With Eating Disorders Want You To Know:

11 Celebrities Open Up About Depression:

What ADHD Feels Like:


The Madonna University Psychological Services Clinic is offering mental health screening Thursday, December 10th from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Take Five Lounge. Graduate student therapists will provide screening assessments for depression, anxiety, alcohol use, traumatic stress and bipolar disorder. They will also have reading materials available about mental health problems and their treatment.

The screening instruments assess whether the individual might struggling with a mental health problem that would benefit from treatment. The therapists will be able to schedule initial appointments at the Madonna Clinic for those who wish to begin psychotherapy or obtain a more comprehensive evaluation.

An additional day-long screening will be held on January 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., location to be determined.

In addition, self-screening is available online at:


Holiday Displays in Michigan

The holiday season is here. Add a new tradition or carry on an old one with your family in November and December by heading out to one of these fun events sure to illuminate the spirit. We have gathered a list of some of the most merry and bright tree and menorah lightings, along with lots of other joyful jollies here in southeast Michigan.

Wayne County Lightfest

Nov. 19-Dec. 31, 2015 (closed Dec. 25)

  • Address: 7651 Merriman Road, Westland
  • Times: 7-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays
  • Cost: $5/car
  • Phone: 734-261-1990

Four miles of twinkling lights are ready for you to drive through! The grand opening is Nov. 19 with music, refreshments and a fireworks display; then, visit until New Year’s Eve. Pictures with Santa and concessions (Nov. 20-Dec. 23) provide even more Christmas magic. Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa; you can mail them outside of Santa’s Workshop.

Birmingham Santa House

Nov. 27-Dec. 24, 2015 (Santa House, Fridays-Sundays)

  • Address: Shain Park and Birmingham Principal Shopping District, Bates Street between Martin and Merrill streets
  • Time: 6 p.m. Wednesday
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-530-1200

On weekends, kids can visit the Santa House – all the way till Dec. 24. In addition, the family can take an old-fashioned carriage ride during the season.

Holiday Walk at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester

Nov. 27-Dec. 23, 2015

  • Address: Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road, Rochester
  • Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; call ahead for evening hours on select dates
  • Cost: $20/adults, $5/ages 17 and under, free/2 and under
  • Phone: 248-364-6200

Fireplaces ablaze, ornament twinkling trees and a live organ playing festive tunes are all part of the annual holiday magic. There are various Santa events, too, on Dec. 6, 12, and 13. Reserve your spot sooner than later!

Heritage Holidays at Wolcott Mill Historic Center in Ray Township

Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19, 2015

  • Address: Wolcott Mill Historic Center, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township
  • Times: 6-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays
  • Cost: $5/person; $7/vehicle entry fee
  • Phone: 586-752-5932

Make old-fashioned crafts, check out historic displays from the 1840s to 1960s and take the kids for a visit with Santa that will wrap them in the holiday spirit. Bring a blanket and enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride, too (weather permitting).

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village

Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 17-23 and 26-28, 2015

  • Address: Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Times: 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Cost: $24/adults ages 13-plus, $18/kids ages 5-12, free/ages 4 and under (less for members)
  • Phone: 313-982-6001

Walk the candle-lit village streets to see live entertainment, shops decked out for the holidays and Santa with his sleigh and reindeer. Plus take a Model T ride, go ice skating and watch the marvelous fireworks display.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo 

Nov. 20-22, 27-29 • Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-23, 26-31

  • Address: 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067
  • Times: 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $9 in advance, $11 at gate
  • Phone: (248) 541-5717

Live entertainment, arts and crafts, ice carving and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit add to the festivities. Seasonal refreshments, Wild Lights souvenirs and photos with Santa (until December 23) will be available for purchase.


Remembering Patrick Moore

On Sunday, November 29th, heaven gained another angel with the passing of Patrick Moore, 36, Sports Information Director at Madonna University. Son, brother, uncle, and boyfriend, Moore was an integral part of the Madonna Family for over nine years. A candlelight vigil was held in his honor Tuesday, December 1st where over 300 students, faculty, friends, family, and members of the community walked a path lit by luminaries from the residence hall to the gymnasium. In the gym, people had the opportunity to gather and share their memories of Moore. He will be missed.


Details of for the viewing and mass:

Friday, December 4
3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Prayer Service
6 p.m.

Fred Wood Funeral Home
36100 5 Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154

Funeral Mass
Saturday, December 5
10 a.m.

Madonna University Gymnasium
36600 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150



All About Campus Ministry

Ever wondered what Campus Ministry here at Madonna is all about? Well look no further.

They have monthly meetings on the second Thursday of every month and they also have monthly gatherings on the last Wednesday of every month.

Campus Ministry offers a variety of small groups for students to be a part of. Those small groups include:

  • Caritas Madonna: Community service such as Gleaner’s Food Bank every month, making cards for soldiers, or the Felician Sisters, and so much more.
  • Madonna Tota Pulchra: Women of Madonna, who look to grow in their faith together.
  • Respect Life: Focused on the sacredness of life from conception to death, they host many events throughout the year.
  • Peace and Justice: Students who look to grow spiritually and be a part of the peace in the world.
  • Franciscan Life: Men of Madonna, who look to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis.

Campus Ministry also has bible study, rosary groups, and daily mass. Mass is held in the University Chapel, under the dining hall and is at 11:30-12 pm. All are welcome to join any groups or come to mass!