Interfaith Chaplaincy

Basant Utsav Celebration

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Cape Elixabeth Middle School
Contact Name: 
India Association of Maine
Contact Email:

The Hindu Spring Festival of Holi is observed at  the full moon each March, and in the state of West Bengal, it is known as Basant Utsav.  This is a joyful, if less boisterous observance will be celebrated on Saturday, April 27th, 5:30 - 9:30 PM at Cape Elizabeth Middle School at an event sponsored by the India Association of Maine.  Included are Bollywood dances, singing, and food from local Indian restaurants.  For more information about this rich opportunity to learn and share in this religious/cultural celebration, see

Religious and Spiritual Life Updates - Fall 2013

Religious and Spiritual Life Updates - Fall 2013


With the recent retirement of Andrea Thompson McCall, there have been some changes with USM's Religious and Spiritual Life program (previously known as the Interfaith Chaplaincy).

Previously located in the historic Deering Farmhouse at 23 Brighton Ave, the program is now housed within Portland Student Life in the Woodbury Campus Center.  The chaplains and advisors have formed the Religious and Spiritual Life Council, chaired by Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Rev. Rus Willette.  Sarah Holmes, Assistant Director for Student Life and Diversity, will be serving as the administrative liaison for the Council.

Additionally, there is a new meditation and interfaith prayer room in Portland Student Life, that students, faculty, and staff may access during regular business hours.

Any help that you could provide in helping students connect with our programs in our new home, would be greatly appreciated.


Sarah Holmes, Administrative Liasion

Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Rev. Rus Willette, Council Co-Chairs