Community Living

While serving, teaching and taking classes, PACErs live in intentional community in groups of three to eight members. PACE communities live simply, experiencing the joys and challenges of serving and working to build shared expectations. They share group expenses and house responsibilities. To affirm and support community life, the PACE coordinator visits each community during the school year and offers community-building opportunities during the summer on-campus sessions.

One of the ways PACE graduate students are invited to build community is through spiritual growth. Many PACErs attend weekly Mass together and participate actively in the liturgical life of their school. As part of their PACE experience, PACErs are provided a cycle of eight retreats. These retreats provide PACErs an opportunity to refresh their spirits as they reflect on their lives and their serving experiences in light of their faith journey. Freed of the stress of teaching and studying, they are given the chance to spend time relaxing, celebrating, praying, and exploring together the deeper meanings of the PACE experience.

Components of PACE Formation

Community Living

  • Living in community with other PACErs for mutual support
  • Four communal dinners weekly prepared and shared by community members
  • Planned recreation activities with community members
  • A weekly community meeting to celebrate, problem-solve, listen, and share with one another
  • Living simply, sharing expenses, household responsibilities, and meals
  • Meeting individually and as a community with PACE administrators for support, problem-solving, and reflection on the community experience

Spirituality

PACErs are given the opportunity to experience growth in community by being actively involved in their own spirituality. Opportunities include:
  • Weekly evenings of community prayer and dinner provide opportunities to share spiritual practices with one another and to share life experiences in the context of prayer
  • Attendance at weekly Sunday Mass as a community
  • University of Portland Wednesday Masses during summer sessions sponsored by Campus Ministry provide the benefits of small group Eucharist celebration

Contact

University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,
Portland, Oregon 97203-5798

503.943.8000

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