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Pastoral Care

As part of our ministry to the College, the chaplains are available to meet one-on-one with individual students to discuss any concerns, questions, or difficulties they may have. The concern may include grieving the loss of a loved one, difficulty adjusting to college life, or questions about faith. We will also aid you, if necessary, in locating appropriate resources and referrals. Please come to our offices in Campion or call us at 508-793-2448.

In addition to individual meetings with students, we also offer student support groups, as the need arises, to help you deal with your concerns in a peer group setting with a chaplain facilitator. In the past, support groups have been offered for bereaving students through Good Grief and survivors of sexual assault.

 

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Support Group

This support group offers an opportunity for students to discuss with one another issues about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender at Holy Cross. The group is completely confidential and has no agenda beyond being supportive of one another.

The content of the conversations are driven by the interests of the participants but some possible topics of conversation in the group could include:

  • the climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at Holy Cross
  • coming out to your friends and family
  • questioning one's sexuality
  • religion and sexuality
  • life beyond Holy Cross 

All lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity are welcome to attend. No pressure to identify your sexual orientation or gender identity exists in the group.

We meet weekly at an undisclosed location. New members are welcome to attend any time after meeting with one of the facilitators.

Meeting time, location, and names of attendees are kept strictly confidential. For more information, please contact Meg Fox-Kelly or call 508-793-3899.

All students are welcome in the Chaplains' Office! Campion is a home for all members of the Holy Cross community. If you are questioning your sexuality, you are not alone. Many people who can walk with you are available. 

The following resources are available to students LGBTQ students: 

Weekly Support Group
Email Meg Fox-Kelly or call 508-793-3899

Pride
Visit Pride's Facebook page

Chaplains' Office
Email chaplain@holycross.edu or call 508-793-2448

Counseling Center
Call 508-793-3363 (in an emergency call 508-793-2222 to reach Public Safety)

Office of Student Affairs
Call 508-793-2411

Health Services 
Call 508-793-2276  

Many out and allied faculty members (Please see the "Ally" and "Safe Space" Stickers on office doorways.)

Resources for Coming Out

Human Rights Campaign 

PFLAG 

Other Colleges and Universities

Georgetown   

Religious Resources

Dignity Boston 

Good Grief

Have you lost a loved one? Dealing with death, or any kind of loss while at college is especially hard. If so, know that the Good Grief support group is here for you. Come and be in a community with others who are also coping with a loss in their lives. Contact Fr. Hayes for more information.  

 

Support for Pregnant Students and Partners of Pregnant Students

The emotional, spiritual, and health issues during a pregnancy can seem overwhelming. At Holy Cross, we make every effort to provide you with a supportive environment intended to assure confidential, non-judgmental, caring, professional assistance. We also provide support to others affected by the pregnancy. There are many resources available to you that will assist you in continuing and completing your degree.

The goal of the College is to provide a comprehensive support team that emphasizes caring and personal respect. 

Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I think I might be pregnant?

First, know that you are not alone. Holy Cross is a supportive community. Health Services provides free, confidential pregnancy testing. Call 508-793-2276 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. 

If I reveal I’m pregnant, can I remain at Holy Cross?
Yes. The Holy Cross community will make every effort to provide you with a caring, supportive environment, and we will work with you as you develop a plan for completing your degree.

Can I take a leave of absence? 
Yes, some pregnant students decide to take a leave of absence, although it is not required. Your class dean can help you coordinate your academic plans.

People in the following offices can provide you with confidential, non-judgmental assistance:    

  • Chaplains' Office
    508-793-2618
  • Class Dean’s Office
    508-793-2530
  • Counseling Center
    508-793-3363
  • Health Services
    508-793-2276
  • Student Affairs
    508-793-2411

You can also contact your resident assistant, community development coordinator, or one of your deans for assistance in finding someone you are comfortable talking to.

Worcester Area Resources

Problem Pregnancy of Worcester
625 Lincoln St.
Worcester, MA 01605
508-856-0700
Free pregnancy testing, counseling for one or both parents, medical referrals, emergency housing.

Birthright
277 West Main St.
Worcester, MA 01752
508-481-2055
Free testing, legal assistance, adoption and medical referrals, counseling.

National Resources


Birthright
800-550-4900
Provides free and confidential pregnancy tests, non-judgmental support for pregnant women, maternity and infant supplies. Referrals for legal assistance, parenting classes, breastfeeding, child care, employment and education, adoption services, counseling and medical care.

Catholic Charities
800-CARE-002
Crisis pregnancy and adoption. Provides pregnancy counseling, adoption services, parenting classes, financial and material needs assistance, family counseling and housing. Referrals for legal assistance, child care, employment and education assistance and medical assistance.

Support Group for Women Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Office of the College Chaplains offers a group to assist women in our community who are survivors of sexual assault. The purpose of this group is to create a safe space where survivors can share their stories, experience the support and understanding of other women who know their experience, and draw upon spirituality as a way to move toward healing.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault please consider joining the group. All meetings are confidential.

Please help break through the isolation and silence that characterizes this painful reality. If interested, email Meg Fox-Kelly or call 508-793-3899 and Meg will get in touch with you about the meeting time and space.