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.
- LGBTQIA+ Ministry
- Good Grief
- Support for Pregnant Students and Partners of Pregnant Students
- Support Group for Women Survivors of Sexual Assault
Rooted in our Catholic and Jesuit identity and grounded in the Universal Apostolic Preferences, the Office of the College Chaplains desires to provide a welcoming and inclusive community for personal and spiritual growth for all students. We believe that all are made in the image and likeness of God. Our ministry for the members of the LGBTQIA+ community seeks to provide opportunities for pastoral care, the building of community and connection, spiritual development, service, and reflection. This ministry strives to empower all students at Holy Cross to consider their spiritual beliefs and identities within a community of welcome, accompaniment and support. Our specific offerings include:
Faithfully Queer: A 24-hour retreat for student members of the LGBTQIA+ community. (Link to retreat here)
LGBTQIA+ Weekly Support Group: Facilitated by Meg Fox-Kelly (she/her) from the Chaplains’ Office and Kelsey Moran (she/they) from CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), this is a weekly support group for students who identify in the LGBTQIA+ community.
TGNC+ Monthly Support Group: Facilitated by Meg Fox-Kelly (she/her) from the Chaplains’ Office and Kelsey Moran (she/they) from CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), this is a monthly support group for students who identify as TGNC+ (trans and gender non-conforming).
Pastoral Care: Individual, confidential, pastoral counseling is provided by all of the College chaplains. Depending on the desire and needs of the individual, these meetings can help the student find meaning and value in their life experiences. Students often discuss questions of identity and belief, questions about finding God in their lived experience, and the sharing of the struggles and joys they may encounter. If you desire to meet with a chaplain, please call the office at (508)793-2448 or email the chaplain directly.
The following resources are available to students LGBTQIA+ students:
Weekly Support Group
Email Meg Fox-Kelly or call 508-793-3899
Visit Pride's Facebook page
Email email@example.com or call 508-793-2448
Call 508-793-3363 (in an emergency call 508-793-2222 to reach Public Safety)
Office of Student Affairs
Many out and allied faculty members (Please see the "Ally" and "Safe Space" Stickers on office doorways.)
Questions? Contact: Meg Fox-Kelly, LCSW @firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. Whether or not you decide to take a leave of absence, you are legally protected from any reduction or loss of scholarship money, including athletic scholarships, because of your pregnancy.
People in the following offices can provide you with confidential, non-judgmental assistance:
- Chaplains' Office
- Class Deans Office
- Counseling Center
- Health Services
- Student Affairs
- Title IX Office
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.
On-Campus Peer Support
Students for Life
Worcester Area Resources
495 Pleasant St.
Worcester, MA 01609
Free pregnancy testing, counseling for one or both parents, medical referrals.
358 Shrewsbury St.
Worcester, MA 01604
Free testing, options counseling, ultrasounds, and adoption and medical referrals.
Provides housing for pregnant women in need of a place to stay.
Text: "HELPLINE" to 313131
24/7 helpline, texting, and live chat counseling and non-judgmental support; local referrals for resources and medical care.
Pregnant on Campus
Resource lists for pregnant or parenting college students by school.
Non-judgmental support and options counseling.
Provides free and confidential pregnancy tests, non-judgmental support for pregnant women, and maternity and infant supplies. Referrals for legal assistance, parenting classes, breastfeeding, child care, employment and education, adoption services, counseling, and medical care.
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.