Prayer seeking the intercession of St. Joseph, Patron Saint of Loras College:

To you, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse, and with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly ask you to take us under your protection. We humbly pray that you will look with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased with His blood and support our need by your power and strength. Defend, most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen offspring of Jesus Christ. Shield us under your patronage that, imitating your example, and strengthened by your help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death and attain to everlasting happiness in Heaven. Amen.

In addition to the book of prayers in Christ the King Loras College has created an email prayer chain. Share yours with us, by answering the questions below and hit submit. Thanks for your interest and prayers. 


Prayer Requests


September 10, 2021

  • Successful treatments for Stephanie as she awaits test results confirming complete remission.
  • Hope, peace and comfort for Alycia and her family after the death of her brother-in-law by suicide.
  • Stan’s healing from COVID and management of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Hope, peace and comfort for Laurie and her family as they grieve the death of their 18 year old son by suicide.
  • Courage for those needing to process and share difficult emotions.
  • John Henry at St. Jude’s fighting neuroblastoma.
  • Peace for Kay in hospice and her family as they grieve and celebrate a life well lived.
  • Bob P. as he battles cancer
  • Our country and its leaders as it deal with the pandemic and destruction from Hurricane Ida.
  • For those transitioning off of the government COVID-relief subsidies.
  • In gratitude for a loving God who hears our prayers and answers them with Divine Grace.
  • For Bob W, grappling with a new diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
  • Please pray for 2-year-old Parker with cancer.
  • Please pray for James Hall, a 16-month boy going through chemotherapy treatments for a form of cancer.
  • Please pray for a mother struggling with depression.
  • Evan J.
  • Caden Griffins
  • Jacob Y.
  • Americans in Afghanistan
  • Coach Nick Wyllie
  • Zachary H. Torgerson’s family and friends.
  • Sean Drinan
  • Adam
  • Za and Loras Football

September 7, 2021

  • Please continue to pray for 2 year old Parker with cancer.  He is currently going through chemo & radiation.
  • For sister fighting cancer. 
  • For a colleague whose child is waiting on oncology results.
  • For a colleague having surgery this week.
  • For colleagues and students who have yet to get vaccinated – may they put aside their fears and support the health of the larger community.
  • Please pray for Emily as she just lost her Mom in a motorcycle accident.
  • Please pray for the Hermsen Family as they lost their Dad in a motorcycle accident.
  • Successful treatments for Stephanie as she awaits test results confirming complete remission.
  • Hope, peace and comfort for Alycia and her framily after the death of her brother-in-law by suicide.
  • Stan’s healing from COVID and management of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Hope, peace and comfort for Laurie and her family as they grieve the death of their 18 year old son by suicide.
  • Wisdom and guidance for those struggling to find their voice.
  • Neal
  • Jeff
  • Julia
  • Declan
  • Jakey
  • First Year students
  • Peace
  • America in Afghanistan
  • Coach Nick
  • Sue Hart
  • Martyrs
  • All students
  • Family friend who lost her child in childbirth and died of COVID 2 days later.
  • Mark Morgan
  • Caden
  • Cameron
  • JC Nolan
  • Eli
  • James
  • Herminee
  • Braydon
  • Drea
  • Jeremiah (Juice)
  • Collin Long

August 20, 2021

  • For Stephanie’s continued healing.
  • For Jack to hear God’s guidance.
  • For courage to speak the truth in love.
  • For Sherry’s successful surgery and recovery.
  • President Biden and his administration
  • The people and governments of Haiti and Afghanistan.
  • People afflicted with the COVID virus and those medical workers working hard to restore them to good health.
  • Those refusing to vaccinate themselves and their children.
  • Students beginning their school year.
  • For Emily – who lost her Grandmother a month ago and then lost her Mother in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.
  • The Runde Family.
  • For Mike Valder, board of regent and donor, who passed away last week. May he be experiencing the unconditional love of God and for his family that they find comfort and healing as they mourn his loss.
  • For the Coleman family who lost their mother this week.
  • Please pray for 2 year old Parker who has cancer.
  • For the Long and Till families in the loss of Collin Long (Loras ’17 alum) this week. 
  • For a successful legacy ball.

August 6, 2021

  • Please pray for 2 year old Parker who has Ewing Sarcoma – cancer of the tongue
  • Joan Demmer
  • For a successful open heart surgery and recovery for Regent Mike Valder ’62.
  • For a successful colon cancer surgery and recovery for Mary Helen Reardon, spouse of Loras Board Chair, Tony Reardon ’72.
  • For Director of Admission Marketing, Dani Dodds ’07, and her family upon the loss of her pre-born baby, Lucy Rose.
  • For the Family of Greg Rhodes ’69 who passed away to pancreatic cancer.
  • For healing of a highly divisive Catholic Church and US citizenry. May we choose to follow Christ instead of especially imperfect political ideologies.
  • For Dr. Art Sunleaf and his family upon the celebration of life for his sister-in-law.
  • For the often forgotten, but treasured, gifts the Loras community brings to us all.
  • School, wrestling, humility and mental health!
  • For Jack as he begins his new job and discerns his next steps.
  • For Stephanie’s continued healing.
  • For all those that struggle to heal old wounds.
  • Finding housing
  • Please pray for my grandfather. He is having shoulder surgery on Wednesday and I would appreciate it if you could pray for a safe surgery and recovery.
  • For Lynn Dotterweich, Tim Dotterweich, John Davis - They are having medical problems.
  • For a safe trip for the Loras Men’s and Women’s soccer teams to Costa Rica 
  • Jake
  • Mark Morgan
  • Peace in Israel
  • Mimi
  • New FOCUS Missionaries…Rachel, Christian, Lucy and Jeremy
  • AJ and Amy Spike and their expectant baby
  • Erin Staebell Jeffries who has just received a new heart.
  • Di Di
  • Rory
  • The seminarians
  • My Mom that she will rest in peace
  • Fr. Vu
  • Fresh start, wrestling and academic breakthrough, being a better human being. 
  • Khurram (Heart attack)
  • Thank you for offering to take prayer requests!  I would greatly appreciate it if you could add my grandmother, who has just been diagnosed with diffuse large b-cell lymphoma, to your intentions.  Unfortunately, her chances for successful treatment are low, as this is a reoccurring case of cancer. 

July 2021

  • For an uncle of a Duhawk who is battling cancer. May he find the strength to continue the fight.

June 2021

  • Please pray for Francis Pyles, son of Kathleen (Yockey '13) and Alexander Pyles and may he rest in eternal peace. Keep all of their family and friends in your prayers as they grieve the loss of their baby boy. 

April 19, 2021

  • Please pray for Dan Cahill ('84) and may he rest in eternal peace. Keep all of his friends and family in your prayers as they grieve.

April 7, 2021

  • Please pray for healing of Ellen Jonga as she was admitted to hospital where doctors diagnosed her with pneumonia and low sodium.
  • Please pray for all cats, dogs, and animals to find a safe, warm home.

March 22, 2021

  • Please pray for a co-workers mother who just got diagnosed with stage 4 lunger cancer. May the family stay strong, faithful, and feel the support of the Loras community and may the treatment prove positive results and a favorable outcome.
  • For Dan Cahill '84 who passed away from a recent heart attack.
  • All those who feel lost, lonely, and marginalized.
  • An increase in access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Gratitude for the blessings of healthy family. 
  • Unity within our country.
  • For the intentions on our Spiritual Life Prayer Board: My sister who is battling cancer, strength and healing for Ron as he prepares for surgery, complete healing for Stephanie post-surgery, complete healing for Paul post-surgery, Trish, LMAC 201, RST students
  • Strength, wisdom, and guidance for all struggling from past trauma.
  • Clarity
  • Ireland
  • Contentedness
  • Fathers
  • Sicily
  • Affordable healthcare
  • Students working on Thesis

March 1, 2021

  • The Schmidt Family
  • Jina Quade's ('05) mom who had a recent setback in her cancer diagnosis.
  • Donna Zimmerman as she continues her chemotherapy treatments.
  • Helena Haberer and her family as they navigate the loss of two close family members.
  • For the family of Barry Griener ('67) following his sudden passing
  • For the intentions on our Spiritual Life Prayer Board: For Lenten Resolves, for my sister who is battling cancer, for minor side effects for the elderly as they receive the second dose of the COVID vaccine, a family in Texas whose daughter was recently diagnosed with diabetes, my father-in-law who is undergoing radiation treatment, for Caroline as she battles Covid 
  • For all to be united in Christ and His Church.
  • Solidarity and Peace.
  • All those partaking in the Antioch Retreat this coming weekend.
  • Those who are suffering 
  • Mrs. Hopfinger
  • Meredith Recker and her family as her dad prepares for heart surgery.

February 16, 2021

  • Barry Grenier ('67), who recently passed away, and his family. 
  • William Pauly ('64), former faculty in the English program, who passed away recently. 
  • Jim Hood, father of Cheryl (Hood '87) Langel, who is in the ICU battling COVID-19. 
  • Michael Ambrose, Sr ('60), who passed away on February 3, 2021, and his family. 
  • Mary Denise Smith ('80), sister of Dr. William Smith ('78), who passed away on February 5, 2021.

February 8, 2021

  • Bud Noonan '51
  • For 6-month-old Harvey George and his family.
  • For the intentions on our Spiritual Life Prayer Board: My sister Kathy who passed away recently and the repose of her soul, for my sister as she continues the fight with her mental health struggles, that God will soften my boy's hearts for Him, my sister battling cancer, that Gabriel may find the courage to forgive, for my Dad who is having a pacemaker installed and my brother-in-law who is having eye surgery
  • Those struggling with mental illness
  • For Donna Matthews as she battles three different forms of cancer
  • The Catholic Church, may it continue to be a promoter of racial equity and justice.
  • Loras College, may God continue to shine upon us.
  • Mark Morgan
  • Those who feel torn between their identity and faith.
  • Life
  • Babies
  • Students
  • Happiness
  • Empathy and Patience
  • Successful heart surgery for Michael Tropp, son of Dan '99 and Christine (Lorenz) '01 Tropp

February 1, 2021

  • The family and friends of Alfred Cardilli '62 who passed away recently.
  • For former Loras Football Coach Bob Bierie who recently had a stroke.
  • For the intentions on our Spiritual Life Prayer Board: Deoli and her continued healing from Leukemia, complete healing for Stephanie, successful radiation treatments for Ron as he prepares for surgery, complete healing for Pat, for my brother who is struggling with depression, for my boys, that they will come to know the Lord, for a family friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer, Griffey, Michael's sister with cancer, my depression, for my sister-in-law who is having surgery tomorrow. 
  • Strength and wisdom for those healing from past trauma.
  • Guidance for all students struggling with online courses.
  • For the family of Mark Puls who was recently diagnosed with ALS.
  • The family of Steve Turnis who begins Chemo treatments on Wednesday.
  • Kelly Langreck
  • LGBTQ+ folks who are seeking to understand their identity.
  • Family of Ralph Grampp
  • Nick Wyllie
  • The Amish
  • Mental Health Families
  • Sarah Mockler & family
  • Meredith Recker
  • Community-led change

January 25, 2020

  • The Loras Community
  • Our elected officials, particularly President Biden.
  • Donna Matthews for her victory in her battle with cancer.
  • For the intentions on our Spiritual Life Prayer Board: For my dad, Joel's health and my sister to fully heal from her surgery, my brother-in-law Steve as he prepares to have surgery in Iowa City this week, for my sister with cancer, myself, my grades, my niece
  • Family members battling Covid
  • For our country to heal and for improved civil discourse.
  • Those battling loneliness and menal anguish.
  • The appreciation of healthy family members. 
  • Fr. Vu
  • The respect and dignity of all people.
  • Climate action
  • The Schmidt family
  • Robert Bates
  • Adequate pandemic response
  • Tim Drinan
  • Racial Justice
  • Faith in the church
  • Peace and unity
  • Meredith Recker
  • For the Mockler family in the loss of Michael.

January 18, 2020

  • The family of Molly (O'Hea) Kaiser who passed away unexpectedly.
  • For my cousin Jacob Butze, who passed away over Christmas break.
  • For the family of Mary Flynn who passed away unexpectedly
  • For the intentions on our Spiritual Life Prayer Board: For the complete recovery of my dad Joel who was diagnosed with COVID, for my sister Debbie who will be having surgery in Iowa City this week, my daughter and granddaughter that have COVID
  • National Unity
  • Equality
  • Peace and understanding
  • Free Speech and democracy
  • Religious freedom 
  • Safety and justice
  • Healthcare workers
  • For a peaceful transition in the White House and throughout our country.

January 11, 2020

  • For the family of Doris Hasken who passed away recently
  • For Patrick Julian
  • Guidance for those healing from past trauma
  • All those dealing with loss during this holiday season and New Year.
  • For the intentions on our Spiritual Life Prayer Board: To work diligently this semester so I can stay on top of school, peace and strength for Stephanie as she prepares for surgery, patience for Ron as we awaits his surgery, complete healing for Pat, for my elderly parents who battle physical and mental health challenges, for my sister battling cancer, the recuperation of Carol F. who is struggling with a rare autoimmune disorder, my sister Kate as she enters the final days of her battle with cancer, Aunt Dottie who is in the hospital, and for the mother of a friend who will begin Chemo treatments soon. 
  • For those struggling with brain health, that they may find self-love, find hope, and know that they are not alone.
  • May our country continue to work together to combat evil and spread love to all people
  • For our country to heal and to find humility and comfort in common compromise
  • Those struggling with the constraints of COVID isolationism
  • The appreciation of the good health of loved ones.
  • Our elected officials, may they continue to serve under God on behalf of the common good.
  • The repose of Bob Kaliban's ('55) soul
  • For a healthy recovery for Loras alumnus Kevin Heilers
  • The repose of the soul of Loras alumna Cheri Heilers
  • For the health and safety of our campus community as we begin a new semester

January 8, 2020

  • Heilers Family upon the loss of their daughter/sister, Cherie (Heilers) Dandurand '90. Family members include Kevin '88, Gary '91, Greg '91, Traci '93 and Ed. 

December 21, 2020

Families that they grow closer together during this Christmas Season rather than farther apart.
Married couples that they live out their Vocation to God and each other and remember their vows of loving each other through good times and in bad, sickness and in health, for the rest of their lives.
Those struggling with any form of addiction.
Those with mental illness.
Pope Francis.
The College of Cardinals and the Bishops of the World.
Loras College Students, Faculty, Staff, and Administration.
Health care workers and essential business operators.
That people choose adoption over abortion.
The end of abortion.
My grandparents.
All newly elected officials.
My vocation that I follow the will of God rather than my will.
The safety of others.
FOCUS Missionaries.
Jacob Butze, who is battling leukemia and lymphoma.
The Schmidt family.
The Feltes family.
My Mom and all who have lost someone they love.
Healthcare workers and other frontline essential personnel.

I’d like to offer the following for healing prayers:

Donna Matthews
Heather Beede
Becca Huber

The following for Celebration of Life and Welcome Into Heaven:

David Solheim
Kathy Stahr
Rich Slabaugh

Prayers of Gratitude to:

The Blessed Trinity
All wives and mothers
The Loras Community
First Responders
Professionals often overlooked

Strength and healing for Ron’s final 2 treatments and upcoming surgery.
Comfort for Stephanie as she waits for surgery, a successful surgery and complete healing.
Peace for those learning to quiet the negative experiences in their past as God shines the light on how he can use all things for His good.
Clarity and hope for those struggling with burdens too heavy to carry alone.
Arleen as she awaits surgery in the new year.
Joan who is battling COVID.


December 14, 2020

Jacob Butze, who is battling cancer. He finds out Monday if he will be going into hospice.
Those who are struggling right now, may they know that they are loved and valued.
Those who are battling COVID right now, may they be granted strength and good health.
My dad who will be getting a surgery next week.
Son’s medical procedure goes well with positive results.
Comfort and peace for Mother in law battling physical and mental challenges.
Appreciation for blessings of good health of family and friends.
The family and soul of Bonnie Brown, 75, who passed away from COVID-19 complications.
The family and soul of Bud Solheim, 77, who passed away from COVID-19 complications.
In gratitude to our medical community for the creation of vaccines.
Prompt and widespread inoculation of our US population.
Our elected officials, incumbent and incoming.
In gratitude to the Loras College community- students, faculty and staff.
All those missing their loved ones this time of the year.

December 7, 2020

Jacob Butze, who is battling leukemia and lymphoma. 
For Carla Schreiber who recent gave birth to a son who passed away shortly thereafter.
Faculty and students as we enter and proceed through Finals.
Campus Dining's Donna Zimmerman as she has surgery at the end of the week.
For the intentions from our Spiritual Life Prayer Board: Give strength and hope to my parents whose health is declining and impacting them in negative ways, Comfort and healing for Ron through his three final treatments, Complete healing for Aunt Dee Dee, Complete healing for Pat
The life of Richard Slabaugh who passed away last Wednesday.
Guidance and healing through the process of forgiveness.