While attending Mass is never mandatory, many of our students take advantage of this opportunity to contemplate and connect with others. We celebrate Catholic Mass and regularly have a weekly interdenominational service, as well as additional ecumenical and interfaith prayer opportunities.
Holy Cross offers hundreds of events throughout the year — from short get-togethers such as the Faith and Foods dinner to longer excursions like the five-day Spiritual Exercises retreat — for individuals of all faiths and beliefs.
Rev. Virginia Coakley, an ordained reverend in the Presbyterian tradition and a chaplain at Holy Cross, leads a weekly Protestant Worship Service on Sunday and a weekly Bible study.
Our students come from diverse backgrounds and practice a variety of faiths. Holy Cross is a safe and welcoming community where discussions of purpose and meaning take place among students from a range of faith traditions.
Prayer and Worship
As part of its mission, Holy Cross seeks to form and foster an active worshipping community on campus. Sunday and weekday liturgy are at the heart of the College’s Christian life. We invite students to join together in prayer and worship, and become part of this vibrant worshipping community.
From contemplating their place in the world during an Escape retreat to spending spring break in Appalachia, members of the Holy Cross community reflect and act on their beliefs in myriad ways.
Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD)
Help make a difference in the greater Worcester community by getting involved in Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), the largest student organization on campus.
The retreat program offered through the Office of the College Chaplains' provides you the time, the space, and the opportunity to reflect upon your life, your relationship with God, and what is important to you. Beginning in 2016, the Chaplains' Office is offering a number of retreats available to alumni.
The Chaplains’ Office sponsors several weeklong domestic and international faith-based programs responding to the call to work for peace and justice in the world.
More than 300 students serve in liturgical and music ministries, responding to their baptismal call to offer their God-given gifts to the worshipping community at Holy Cross. Share your talents by serving as a music minister, lector, greeter, altar server, or Communion minister.
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.
Many opportunities are available to explore and deepen your faith at Holy Cross by joining student organizations. Students of all traditions and beliefs are welcome.