Ismael Nuñez (right) smiles as he talks to volunteer Joe Madonia (green apron) during lunch hour at St. Martin's Place, a Rochester soup kitchen.

Ismael Nuñez (right) smiles as he talks to volunteer Joe Madonia (green apron) during lunch hour at St. Martin's Place, a Rochester soup kitchen.

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11:45 a.m.

Active prayer: St. Martin's Place, Rochester

At St. Martin's Place, an array of volunteers help those in need by making and serving lunch Monday, Wednesday and Friday and brunch on Tuesday. Today's menu includes vegetable-meatball soup made by Our Lady Queen of Peace parishioners.

Before the pre-meal prayer, ministry Codirector Sister of St. Joseph Clare Ehmann says both the ministry and she run on prayer.

"I don't think I would be able to do this if I didn’t have God’s help," she says.

Many guests say they pray daily.

"I always say, 'Thank you Lord for giving me another day,' because a lot of people didn’t wake up today," says Ismael Nuñez.

He ticks off a list of prayers answered: He has gotten out of bed, gotten out of trouble and gotten a place to stay. What he prays for now is peace.

Codirector Joanne Corcimiglia says guests remind her donated sheets, towels and other household items are answers to their prayers. She has prayers of her own.

"Every day I pray for all the people who come here -- our guests -- because they really are our family," she says.

2:30 p.m.

Habitual prayer: Newman Center, SUNY Brockport

A student walks past the Newman Center at SUNY Brockport. Student interns at the Newman Center are able to serve as liaisons between the student body and the Catholic community.

A student walks past the Newman Center at SUNY Brockport. Student interns at the Newman Center are able to serve as liaisons between the student body and the Catholic community.

When you are miles from home, it can be hard to feel like family.

That's why the Catholic Newman Center at SUNY Brockport has its own house. It also has interns who improve the center's communication on the secular campus, says Director Margot Van Etten.

"It's sort of like a magnet: When students see other students involved in things, that draws them in," Van Etten says.


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On this day, three interns meet to discuss a Fair Trade sale to benefit a Tanzanian school for girls and a recent Mass celebrated in memory of a student who died suddenly.

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Talk then turns to prayer.

"What I thought about prayer was you have to sit down and it has to be structured," says junior Sean Flynn, 20, of Hamlin. "I think I’ve grown from that a little bit. I pray throughout the day."

Jenn Taylor (left) and Sean Flynn, juniors at SUNY Brockport, pray at the beginning of a meeting for students serving as Newman Community interns.

Jenn Taylor (left) and Sean Flynn, juniors at SUNY Brockport, pray at the beginning of a meeting for students serving as Newman Community interns.

Junior Jenn Taylor, 20, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., says her adventurous upbringing is why she enjoys praying while hiking.

"When we get outdoors with nature, it’s kind of our way to connect with God," she says.

Nichole Sands, a 20-year-old junior from Medina, says that thanks to her family's example, she prefers eucharistic adoration, the Divine Mercy chaplet and Gregorian chant.

"Every Sunday we would kneel down in the living room and take the phone off the hook and pray the family rosary together," Sands says.