Interfaith Chaplaincy

Space for Prayer, Meditation, Reflection

The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life features a space set aside for prayer, meditation, or quiet reflection by individuals or groups.  Cushions, table space, and a few chairs and prayer rugs are available for use; a compass is available and the floor has been marked to indicate which direction is East (facing towards Mecca).

Early afternoons, Monday through Thursday, we reserve the space for our Muslim students to observe Selat prayers.

Other groups use the space by arrangement; see the calendar of opportunities for more information or to contact a group convenor.

Providing safe, private space for spiritual and religious activities is one of the simplest but most vital forms of support USM offers its students.

The space may be used on a drop-in basis, or reserved by emailing or calling 228-8093.

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