Interfaith Chaplaincy

Religious and Cultural Observances 2012-2013


*Observance begins at sundown on the evening prior.

**Regional variations and astronomical factors may affect the date.



3          Asalha Puja/Dharma Day** (Buddhism)

4          Independence Day (American National)

9          Martyrdom of the Bab* (Baha’i Faith)

20        Ramadan (to August 20 – Islam)



2          Lughnassad/Lammas* (Pagan)

10        Krishna Janmashtami** (Hindu)

19-21   Eid al Ftir (Islam)



1          Ecclesiastical Year begins (Orth. Christianity)

3          Labor Day (American National)

17-18   Rosh Hashanah* (-Judaism)

19        Ganesa Chaturthi** (Hinduism)

22        Mabon* (Pagan) / Autumnal Equinox

25-26        Yom Kippur (Jewish)


 1-7       Sukkot (Judaism)

7-8       Yom Kippur* (Judaism)

8          Columbus Day (American National)

20        Birth of the Bab* (Baha’i Faith)

24         Dussehra** (Hinduism)

25-29   Hajj,  Eid al Adha (Islam)

31        Samhain *(Pagan )


1          All Saints’ Day (Christianity)

2          All Souls’ Day (Hispanic Christianity)

11        Veteran’s Day (American National)

12        Birth of Baha’u’llah* (Baha’i Faith)

13        Diwali (Hinduism)

15        Nativity Fast (through Dec 24-Orth.Christianity)

22        Thanksgiving (American National)

24        Ashurah (Islam)

26        Day of the Covenant* (Baha’i Faith)

30        St. Andrew’s Day (Christianity)



 1          AIDS Awareness Day (American Cultural)

2          Advent (through Dec 24 - Christianity)

8          Bodhi Day** (Buddhist)

8          Immaculate Conception (Catholic Christian)

9-16      Hanukkah (Judaism)

16-25   Las Posadas (through 24-Hispanic Christianity)

21        Yule/Winter Solstice* (Pagan)

25        Christmas (Christianity)

26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa (African American)



1          New Year’s Day (American National)

6          Epiphany (Christianity)

6          Feast of Theophany (Orth. Christianity)

7        Feast of Nativity (Orth. Christianity)

15        World Religion Day (Baha’i)

21       Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (American Natl)

24        Mawlid en Nabi* (Islam)

26        Tu B’Shvat* (Judaism)

27-30   Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)



2          Imbolc* (Pagan)

2          Candlemas (Christianity)

2          Groundhog Day (American Cultural)

10        Lunar/Chinese New Year (Buddhist)

12        Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras (Christianity)

13        Ash Wednesday - Lent begins (Christianity

14        St. Valentine’s Day (Christianity)

14        Nirvana Day (Buddhism)

18        Presidents’ Day (American National)

24        Purim* (Judaism)


2-20     19 Day Fast (Baha’i Faith)

17        St. Patrick’s Day (Irish Christianity)

18        Clean Monday- Lent begins (Orth. Christianity)

20        Ostara* (Pagan)

21        Naw Ruz / Norooz* (Baha’i Faith)

24        Palm/Passion Sunday (Christianity)

26-Apr 2          Pesach/Passover (Judaism

26        Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian)

27        Magha Puja** (Buddhist)

27        Holi *(Hinduism)

28        Maundy Thursday (Christianity)

29        Good Friday (Christianity)

31        Easter (Christianity)



2          Pesach  (last days – Judaism)

7          Yom Ha Shoah (Judaism)

11        New Year** (Hindu)

22        Earth Day (American Cultural)

21-May 2  Ridvan* (Baha’i Faith)


1          Beltane* (Pagan)

3          Holy Friday (Orth Christian)


5          Easter/Pascha (Orth Christian)


12        Mother’s Day (American National)

15-16   Shavuot (Judaism)

19        Pentecost (Christianity)

23        Declaration of the Bab* (Baha’i Faith)

25        Visakha Puja/Buddha Day** (Buddhism)

27        Memorial Day (American National)

29        Ascension of Baha’u’llah* (Baha’i Faith)



9          Race Unity Day* (Baha’i Faith)

16        Father’s Day (American Cultural)

21        Solstice/Litha* (Pagan)

21        First Nations Day (Canadian Native)



4          Independence Day (American National)

9          Ramadan (to August 8 – Islam)

9          Martyrdom of the Bab* (Baha’i Faith)

22        Asalhka Puja/Dharma Day** (Buddhism)



2          Lughnassad/Lammas* (Pagan)

8-11     Eid al Fitr** (Islam)

28        Krishna Janmashtami (-Hinduism)



3          Asalha Puja/Dharma Day** (Buddhism)

4          Independence Day (American National)

9          Martyrdom of the Bab* (Baha’i Faith)

20        Ramadan (to August 20 – Islam)


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