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Faith Communities and Groups
Each of the College chaplains has faith-specific responsibilities, but each is available to every member of the College community.
There are several religious and spiritual student clubs and organizations at Connecticut College. The list is updated each fall and throughout the academic year by the Office of Student Life as new groups form, depending on students' interests.
The Catholic community at Connecticut College provides opportunities for worship and the formation of a personal vision of the Gospel and its place in one’s life on a college campus and beyond. The Catholic community at Connecticut College is a service that the Diocese of Norwich exercises in conjunction with the College. We welcome Father Robert Washabaugh as our Catholic Chaplain at Connecticut College. Father Washabaugh will be on campus Sunday evenings for Mass. Visit the Catholic community’s Facebook page for more information.
Mass is celebrated Sundays at 7 p.m. in Harkness Chapel when the College is in session. Check out the college calendar or the Catholic community’s Facebook page for the Mass time on Holy days during the school term.
The liturgies are an expression of the community of believers and rely on and encourage the involvement of those from academic community. Opportunities abound in folk music, traditional music, dance, art (banners, vestments, etc.,) reading, and assisting in the distribution of Communion. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available upon individual request and at periodic communal celebrations of the Sacrament.
Students who may have missed the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Confirmation may prepare for the sacrament here and be confirmed locally. Individual spiritual guidance is available by appointment. Telephone Father Washabaugh at 860-439-2452.
The religious and cultural needs of Jewish students at Connecticut College are served by the Jewish chaplain Rabbi Aaron Rosenberg and Hillel. A wide variety of religious, educational, cultural and social events are available for Jewish students, including weekly Shabbat services and religious observances, lectures, study sessions and meals, like the popular Bagel Brunches.
The Zachs Hillel House, which opened in 2014, serves as a center for Jewish student life and related intercultural programming at the College. The 6,700-square-foot building, made possible by a $1 million gift from entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Zachs and his family, features a conference room, library, study space, kosher kitchen and social space.
Several Connecticut College faculty, including Professor Roger Brooks, the Elie Wiesel Chair in Judiac Studies, and religious studies professor Sharon Portnoff, have unique expertise in Judiac studies and offer courses in Judaic subjects. Additionally, various academic departments and College offices sponsor programs of interest to Jewish students and faculty.
To be on the Jewish community mailing list and/or Hillel’s mailing list, call Rachel Sheriff, Hillel advisor at (860) 961-8356. Rabbi Rosenberg is available for pastoral counseling. Reach him at the College at (860) 439-2453; or at Temple Emanu-El (860) 443-3005. For more information on Hillel, contact Rachel Sheriff, Hillel Adviser at (860) 961-8356. Also visit the Connecticut College Hillel website and the Hillel Facebook page.
The Protestant community provides opportunity for spiritual enrichment and personal growth through monthly worship, small group Bible studies, prayer, service projects and pastoral counseling. Protestant worship and fellowship are held throughout the year in Harkness Chapel when classes are in session. For more information contact chaplain Aracelis Vazquez Haye on campus at 860-439-2901 or at First Hispanic Baptist Church of New London at (860) 443-6300.
CC Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry (UUCM)
UUCM meets with Reverend Carolyn Patierno and a UU lay leader for fellowship and exploration of a young-adult UU identity. As well, UUCM engages in a service project for the College community. Gatherings are open to all the student community and are held weekly each Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in Harkness Chapel, Room 12 when classes are in session. Contact Reverend Carolyn Patierno, College Chaplain, at 860-439-2451 or at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation 860-443-0316.
Visit the student clubs and organizations page to learn about other opportunities for religious, spiritual and personal growth.