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.
Led by Holy Cross students and the chaplain to Protestant ministries, interdenominational worship takes place Sundays at 4:30 p.m. in the Mary Chapel. Bible study and other fellowship events are held regularly throughout the year.
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.
We invite you, regardless of your faith or belief, to contribute your voice to the Synod on Synodality - an opportunity to have your voice heard in the Catholic Church.
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. The Chaplains' Office also offers a number of retreats 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.
Nearly 200 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.
An opportunity for students to come together weekly in small groups to discuss topics of meaning and importance in their lives: everything from family to faith to friendships to the future! Groups meet at various days and times throughout the week, and every group has a different theme or focus. Each group is facilitated by a chaplain and is open to students of any faith background. Click here to register, and please contact Associate Chaplain Emily Rauer Davis for more information. We hope you'll join us!