Does the institution have one or more priest chaplains on campus for the Sacraments and spiritual direction? (Yes/No)
On average, how many hours per week is a priest chaplain on campus and available to students?
Chaplain is on campus 2 full days/ week. [Possible update once we secure replacement for recently retired full-time associate chaplain.]
Please describe the priests who minister to students and celebrate the Sacraments on campus.
Fr. Blair Bernard is a priest of Madonna House, the Catholic community of lay men, women, and priests founded by Catherine Doherty to love and serve the poor. He is extremely well-read, which comes out in his beautiful homilies and spiritual direction, and shares Madonna House’s “Nazareth spirituality” of the Holy Family with our College community.
Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your chaplain?
Does the institution have one or more campus ministers on campus (lay or religious, but not priests) who are available to students for spiritual direction? (Yes/No)
Does your institution offer Mass to students at least on Sundays and other days of obligation?
On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year?
Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?
On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?
Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students? (Yes/No – if yes, when and how often?)
Yes. In collaboration with local priests, the Extraordinary Form is offered 3x/month.
Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?
Are the altar servers at your institution’s Masses male only or both male and female?
Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):
Sunday 8am and 11am, monthly 9:15am Extraordinary Form
Monday 8am and 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am and 4:30pm
Saturday 9am, 5pm (vigil)
Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?
Yes; both chaplains are available during their regular office hours for Confession as well as two local parishes.
List the schedule for Confession by day and time:
Mo By appointment
Tu By appointment
Wed By appointment
Th By appointment
Fr By appointment
Sa 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Other: There is a chaplain in his office Monday – Friday available for Confession, and 1-2 parish priests hearing confessions 10-15 minutes before each regularly scheduled Mass in the Church.
Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly?
List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:
Mon – Thurs 9:00 a.m. -Tues 9:00 p.m.
First Friday 1:00 p.m. until 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:
There is a daily community Rosary and a pro-life Rosary every Friday at noon; Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3 pm. Tuesday through Friday Lauds, Wednesday night compline, a weekly student Holy Hour, Praise and Worship every Sunday night, Friday evening Stations of the Cross during Lent. Every year, early in the first semester, there is a full Day of Recollection which is for all students. In the second semester, there are separate men’s and women’s retreats. A Consecration to Our Lady is made at the beginning of each academic year.
Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually?
Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:
Men and Women Religious are frequently invited to campus to give talks, and lead men’s and women’s retreats. Students frequently travel together to attend Come and See weekends and retreats with communities and religious institutes as they discern potential vocations.
Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.
Yes. Four alumni are diocesan priests, two are religious priests, two are religious brothers (Franciscan and Carmelite), and eight are religious sisters (including three perpetually professed, two temporary professed, three in early formation). We also have eight men in various stages of seminary formation.
Does your institution limit religious services and activities on campus (not including private prayer and devotions) to faithfully Catholic activities? (Yes/No)
Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification, or description (optional):
The Extraordinary Form of the Mass is presently offered on campus once a month on a scheduled basis, and two weekends/month at a nearby parish with transportation offered by the College.