Interfaith Chaplaincy

Supporting Religious and Spiritual Life in all its Expressions
Religious and Spiritual Life in Diverse Expressions

USM Religious & Spiritual Life (formerly Interfaith Chaplaincy) provides support for all members of the university community in religious and spiritual development as well as interfaith respect, appreciation, and cooperation. 

Our work is guided by these goals for student learning as a result of participating in our programs:

Students will learn

  • to clarify their own beliefs and values;

  • to connect their beliefs and values to their choices and actions; and

  • to understand and relate respectfully to those whose beliefs and values are different from their own.

News & Events

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.


Whatever your religious background or practice, you are welcome to participate in any of our interfaith or tradition-specific activities!  To keep informed, sign up for our Interfaith E-mail Listserv.  Find us here or send a message requesting subscription to We look forward to welcoming you!

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