The interdenominational ministries is a vibrant ministry in which Protestant students can come and be ministered to on a weekly basis in worship, prayer and music. Students have opportunities to serve the congregation as Praise and Worship leaders, worship assistants or liturgists, as Bible study coordinators, and social event coordinators.
Holy Cross employs a full-time chaplain to help nurture the spiritual needs of students from various Protestant backgrounds. Rev. Virginia Coakley, associate chaplain and director of Protestant and ALANA (African-American, Latin American, Asian-American, and Native American heritage) Ministries, is an ordained reverend in the Presbyterian tradition.
“I quickly found that the Jesuit tradition here is encouraging of other denominations and wants all students to grow in their personal faiths. I attend the interdenominational service because it’s a very welcoming community where I am able to worship and grow closer to God.” — Christine Bannon ’14
Interdenominational Service of Praise and Worship
The interdenominational service is comprised of students from various Protestant denominational backgrounds. We meet weekly on Sunday evenings at 4:30 p.m. in McCooey Chapel. We enjoy a time of Praise and Worship and the reading and hearing of the Word preached. We have an informal fellowship time immediately following the worship service. The Sacrament of Communion is administered on the first Sunday of every month.
Interdenominational Student Participation
There are several opportunities for students to get involved in the interdenominational ministry on campus. For more information on volunteering, please contact Rev. Coakley.
Interdenominational Lay Ministers
Worship Assistants (Liturgists)
Several times during the fall semester, worship assistant training is offered for those who would like to minister during the worship service. Upon completing the training, leaders are invited to read Scriptures, offer prayers, or help serve Communion during our weekly Sunday service.
Praise and Worship Team
Do you love to sing? The Praise and Worship Team would love for you to join us! We meet weekly for rehearsal and minister in song each Sunday.
The fellowship/social events coordinator welcomes your assistance in planning the monthly birthday celebrations and one to two community outings per semester.
Please join us Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in McCooey Chapel to read and study God's word, transformational Christian books and to enjoy fellowship with one another. Come out to receive a blessing and to be a blessing!
The community gathers together four times per year to enjoy one another's company, typically twice in the fall and twice in the spring. Past events have included attending a play, roller skating, fellowshipping with an area college group, movie and game nights and bowling. If you would like to participate or assist in the planning, please contact Rev. Coakley for more information.
Rev. Coakley supports the ALANA community by the ministry of presence, and making contributions to committee work, including serving on the Diversity Leadership Team for four years and cofounding the Sister to Sister Collaborative.
Sister to Sister Collaborative
Rev. Coakley is cofounder of the Sister to Sister (S2S) Collaborative, a campus-wide committee open to female ALANA and International students, staff, faculty, and administrators at Holy Cross that seeks to create opportunities for them to feel supported and included in the community. Read more on the Sister to Sister Collaborative page.
Rev. Coakley offers pastoral care, as well as spiritual direction, for all students.
Rites of Passage
Held at the end of each academic year, the Rites of Passage ceremony is a cultural and religious ceremony for students from the African diaspora which marks their passage of their college graduation and greater adult responsibilities.