At Harmel, a man learns to practice the presence of God, the habit of seeing his work as a collaboration with Christ in the creation and redemption of the world. Taking a page from St. Joseph, the man learns that prayer—continual attention to Christ—is the very soul of work.
Harmel men join daily to say Lauds, Vespers, and Compline. On days when their work schedule prevents them from joining community prayer, they are asked to pray solo, or to join with those who share the same work schedule.
Mass is offered on campus twice a week: Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Our chaplain is also available for confession and spiritual direction.
Since parish life is a key part of being Catholic, Harmel men are encouraged to attend Sunday mass at one of Grand Rapids’ many vibrant parishes, and to contribute actively to the life of that parish.
“I had a hunger for intellectual growth and spiritual growth and I needed to lock down some sort of a marketable trade. [Harmel] has helped me develop a method of thought… You have to really be working and acting to contemplate the concepts we’re talking about in class. If it doesn’t take form in a way of life, then it’s just talk.”