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Lent at Iona

The Lenten Season is a 40-day journey of fasting, reflection, prayer and almsgiving that begins with Ash Wednesday and concludes at sundown on Holy Thursday. Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. 

The Office of Mission & Ministry will be hosting a variety of events throughout Lent that are open to all members of the Iona community. 

2024 Lenten SErvices, Initiatives & Events

Ash Wednesday is on Wednesday, February 14 and marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. The Office of Mission & Ministry invites all members of the Iona community to join our on-campus Ash Wednesday services. All Ash Wednesday Services will take place in Spellman Burke Lounge. If you have any questions about these services, please reach out to the Office of Mission & Ministry at

  • Mass: 12:30 P.M.
  • Prayer Service: 2 p.m.            
  • Prayer Service: 3 p.m.          
  • Prayer Service: 6 p.m.         
  • Student-Led Prayer Service: 9:30 p.m.  

Members of the Iona’s Faculty, Staff and Administration will be sharing weekly reflections throughout the Lenten Season. Please click here to read the reflections. 

The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross or Via Crucis, commemorate Jesus's passion and death on the cross. There are 14 stations that each depict a moment on his journey to Calvary, usually through sacred art, prayers, and reflections. The Office of Mission & Ministry will host the Stations of the Cross in the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel at 1 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: February 21, March 6 and March 20.

An outdoor procession of the Stations of the Cross will be held for the university community beginning at the Gingko Tree on Tuesday, March 26 at noon.

Retreatants meet with a guide for about 30 minutes at a mutually agreed upon time. Retreatants are given a booklet that offers readings from scripture for each day of Lent, as well as some points and questions for reflection. You are invited to find some time alone to read and reflect on the readings and the questions. When you meet with your guide, you share together how the readings spoke to you. The questions can generate a conversation between the two of you that can be beneficial for both of you. Each session ends with a prayer.

This year's retreat will be held between Monday, March 4 and Friday, March 8.

Please sign up by clicking here. 

Contact Father Gerard for more information.

With the busy schedule of the spring semester, it can be difficult to set aside time to pray and reflect. During the Lenten Season, the Office of Mission & Ministry will be hosting Taizé style prayer nights in the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel at 6:45 p.m. on the following Thursdays: February 22 and March 7. These Taizé nights are open to all members of the Iona community, and involve a meditative form of worship and music from various Christian traditions.

Daily Masses are offered in the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel on the following days:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

A student Mass is held every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the 6th Floor Lounge of the North Avenue Residence Hall. 

The Lenten call to almsgiving asks us to meet the needs of others. Through a recognition of the world’s needs and a personal commitment to act, we give alms. The Office of Mission & Ministry offers a variety of opportunities to serve the needs of others through our weekly community service projects, which can be found on this link.

Throughout the 2024 Lenten Season, the Office of Mission & Ministry will be collecting funds to support the ministries of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in Brownsville, Texas and Lima, Peru. To donate, please click here.

Join us for prayer, reflection and conversation over a free meal every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall.

Meet with Fr. Gerard Mulvey prior to 12:30 p.m. Mass daily, or any time by appointment.