Interfaith Chaplaincy

Community Gatherings to Acknowledge the Loss of Three Students

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
Over the past week we have experienced the loss of three of our students. It is times like these, when tragedies strike, that it is important for us to come together. We invite you to join President Kalikow and staff from the Dean of Students Office, University Health & Counseling Services, Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Student Support Network at two Community Gatherings on Thursday to support one another, celebrate our strength and diversity as a community, and heal our hearts. 
Noon, Thursday, February 27

Community Gathering and soup and bread in the central area of Woodbury Student Center (by the Diversity Centers).
7 p.m., Thursday, February 27Community Gathering and brownie sundaes in PDR/FDR (the rooms at the back of Brooks Student Center dining hall).
As a reminder, walk-in appointments are available during regular business hours at University Counseling Services or by appointment by calling 780-4050. Additionally, Dean of Students staff and representatives from the Religious and Spiritual Life are available for support and can be reached by calling 780-4035 or by email at 

Joy N. Pufhal
Executive Director of Student Life & Dean of Students
University of Southern Maine
220 Sullivan Complex
66 Falmouth Street
Portland, ME 04104
PH: (207) 780-4035
TTY: (207) 780-5646

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