Virtual Pray-a-thon 2020

What is Pray-a-thon?

In the spring of 2009, a UIW student created the first 24-hour Pray-a-thon as a way to more fully immerse the UIW campus into deeper prayer in anticipation of Easter. What began as 24 hours of prayer has evolved into a week-long “Pray-a-thon” filled with opportunities to experience prayer in different forms, expressions, and traditions. 

Normally a week-long celebration held in conjunction with the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 2020, otherwise known as Incarnate Word Day, this year we are taking Pray-a-thon to the world wide web. During spring break this year, our lives changed with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Now sheltering in place, we are experiencing life - school, church, friends, family - from a distance. We are all experiencing new types of stress and anxiety, and are turning to technology to study, worship, and connect with friends and family. 

A hallmark of Pray-a-thon has been to take prayer to the people in unique and creative ways. In this spirit, we will not be daunted by our new reality. A schedule of opportunities have been designed to connect us to God and to one another through different experiences of prayer and community. Join us, beginning with Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19, 2020 through Sunday, April 26, 2020 for our Virtual Pray-a-thon. You will find the following opportunities made available for you each day: 

  • Opportunities for reflection: #CardinalInspirations and music for meditation
  • Virtual tours: Locations locally and globally of sacred spaces
  • Catholic Liturgies: A variety of opportunities to attend Mass locally and globally
  • Headline Events: A special presentation from a UIW community member
  • Formative Notes: Saints and holy people of the day; "Did you know?" - facts about Catholicism
  • Cardinals in Action: How to be active in our faith during this time of social distancing

Virtual Pray-a-thon 2020 will be hosted through our social media platforms. You can connect with us at the links above for daily content. Headline events are listed below with details of who to connect. 

Questions about Pray-a-thon? Contact the Mission and Ministry Office at

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - Divine Mercy Sunday

#CardinalInspirations Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour: St. Peter's Basilica Open
Did you Know? - St. Maria Faustina Kowalski Open
7:00 pm - Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet - Live Open
Cardinals in Action: Getting Ready for Divine Mercy Sunday Open

Monday, April 20, 2020

#CardinalInspirations Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour Open
Prayer: A Litany of Blessing in Time of Grief Open
Did you know? - Dorothy Day Open
Today's Event: Be Not Afraid Digital Conference - "Through Fire" with Taylor Schroll Open
Cardinals in Action - San Antonio Catholic Worker House Open
7:00 pm Breathe Women's Group Open

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

#CardinalInspirations Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tours Open
Prayer - Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer Open
Did you know? - The Spiritual Works of Mercy Open
Headline Event: Our Lady of Good Remedy Novena with Fr. Thomas Dymowski, OssT Open
Cardinals in Action: UIW Thanking our Heroes Open

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

#CardinalInspirations Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour Open
Prayer - Novena to St. Peregrine (April 22-30) Open
Did you know? - St. Peregrine Open
Headline Events - Two Opportunities for Worship. Prayer. Community. Open
Cardinals in Action: Earth Day and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center Open

Thursday, April 23, 2020

#CardinalInspirations Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour: CCVI Heritage Center Open
Prayer - Novena to St. Peregrine Day 2 and CCVI Prayer Requests Open
Did you know? Open
Headline Event Open
Cardinals in Action - Cardinal Prayer Chain Open

Friday, April 24, 2020

#CardinalInspirations Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour - Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Open
Prayer - Novena to St. Peregrine - Day 3 Open
Did you know? Corporal Works of Mercy Open
Cardinals in Action: Feed the Hungry Open

Saturday, April 25, 2020

#CardinalInspirations Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour: St. Mark's Basilica - Venice, Italy Open
Prayer - St. Mark and Novena to St. Peregrine Day 4 Open
Did you know? - St. Mark the Evangelist Open
Cardinals in Action - Call to Action by Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio Open

Sunday, April 26, 2020

#CardinalInspirations Open
Music for Meditation Open
Virtual Tour: Basilica de la Sagrada Familia Open
Prayer - Opportunities for Mass and Novena to St. Peregrine (days 5 through 9) Open
Headline Event - Live Perpetual Adoration Open
Cardinals in Action - Operation Warm Open

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