BISMARCK, ND — Fr. Mike Schmitz has quickly become a household name with people of all ages, not only in Duluth, Minnesota, where he is the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese, and chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), but all across the U.S. In today’s social media world, his comments can be of the viral type, because when he speaks, people, hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of them, click, listen and share with their friends.

And now the University of Mary and its Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry is honored to welcome Father Mike Schmitz to Bismarck-Mandan this winter for the 42nd annual Prayer Day event Wednesday, November 20, 10 a.m., in the McDowell Activity Center (MAC). The public is invited to attend Fr. Schmitz’s keynote entitled “Christian Adulting: The Signs of Spiritual Maturity.”

The schedule includes a 9:15 a.m. registration in the Lumen Vitae University Center (LVUC) Atrium, an Ablaze Worship Band at 9:30 a.m. in the MAC, a Mass immediately following the 10 a.m. keynote address in the MAC, and the day concludes at 12:30 p.m., when attendees can enjoy lunch and fellowship for $5 in the newly expanded Crow’s Nest restaurant of the LVUC. Registration is $5 and advanced online registration is strongly recommended at To learn more, contact Marianne Hofer at or (701) 355-3704.