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


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.
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.
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
An end to abortion
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
Peace and understanding
Free Speech and democracy
Religious freedom 
Safety and justice
End to abortion
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.