Central to our identity as Catholics is that we are called to be leaven for transforming the world, agents for bringing about a kingdom of love and justice. When we pray, "Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," we are praying for God's kingdom of justice and peace and committing ourselves to breaking down the barriers that obstruct God's kingdom of justice and peace and to working to bring about a world more respectful of human life and dignity.
Our commitment to the Catholic social mission must be rooted in and strengthened by our spiritual lives. In our relationship with God we experience the conversion of heart that is necessary to truly love one another as God has loved us.
–Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Education-
Social Justice and Service are at the heart of life at Elms College, and is core to our Catholic identity. We view all service work as a ministry to humanity and creation. Driven by our values and the Charism of our founders, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, we seek to love and serve the “dear neighbor, without distinction”. Though we come from diverse backgrounds and traditions, we gather as a community of one to “serve with love.” Our service experiences are rooted in reflection by having an open mind and heart to our mission.
Whether abroad or in the local community, the Office of Campus Ministry offers countless opportunities for all Elms students to become actively involved in service work.
Please Contact the Office of Campus Ministry for further information.
We are a private Catholic coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts. Elms College is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and grants associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.