Interfaith Chaplaincy


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 to support one another, celebrate our strength and diversity as a community, and heal our hearts.
There will be no organized prayer service or vigil in response to the tragic shooting in Connecticut, but Chaplains and Religious Advisors are available.
Every Wednesday at lunch in Portland and late evenings in Gorham, members of USM Religious and Spiritual Life team of Chaplains and Religious Advisors invite "Table Talk" on any topic of interest to students.
200 people attended a Forum on Civil Discourse sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches and hosted by USM Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
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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