Interfaith Chaplaincy

Jesse Morris

Advisor, Native American
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135 Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus

Contact Information

Phone: 207-642-4294

Jesse is from the Cherokee Tribe, and now living in Maine and associated with the Wabanaki Federation of tribes.  In this role, he serves as a spiritual teacher, leader, and ritual participant.  He is happy to instruct Native students who wish to learn more about the teachings and traditions, and also to be a resource for information about Native traditions and teachings.  Jesse also serves on the faculty at Central Maine Community College.

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