Interfaith Chaplaincy

Chaplain offers thoughts on carrying on in the wake of Friday's tragedy

Interfaith Chaplain Andrea Thompson McCall has said that, given the timing in final exam week at USM, there will be no organized prayer service or vigil in response to the tragic shooting of 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  She extends her availability and that of other Chaplains and Advisors in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and has offered support and encouragement in a letter sent to campus listservs, and posted on the Religious and Spiritual Life web site.

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