Elms College students have a multitude of options to expand their spiritual lives. From service trips to community service and finding a place of worship, our Office of Campus Ministry can help you along your spiritual journey.
The celebration of Mass is at the heart of our Catholic spirituality and identity. Together as one, as we gather to celebrate our faith, the liturgy helps us lift our hearts and minds to God. We are strengthened and inspired by the Word of God, receive the presence of Jesus in Eucharist, and are sent forth to “love and serve.” The Liturgy actively reminds us that “as we pray, so we believe, and so we live.”
Students are involved by serving as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers or serving at special celebrations.
We celebrate daily Mass Monday through Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel, Berchmans Hall. Vigil Mass is held Saturdays at 6 p.m. Daily Readings
Sacrament of Reconciliation may be scheduled prior to Mass or by appointment by contacting Father Mark Stelzer at .
Eucharistic Adoration is a time set aside for personal prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament is placed in a monstrance on the altar so that all may encounter our Lord, fully present under the appearance of simple bread. All are welcome for a time of reflection and spiritual renewal.
Soup and Substance
The Soup and Substance series is a monthly lunchtime meeting during which Elms College staff, students, and faculty are invited to share their spiritual journeys with their peers. This series, organized by Campus Ministry, has become a popular forum where the topics of faith and spirituality can be discussed in a safe, supportive and receptive environment.
Fontbonne Scholars are full-time undergraduate students who wish to explore the mission of the college and the charism of the college’s founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph. Through study, reflection, and participation in various activities, Fontbonne Scholars live out their faith in daily interactions, create a welcoming environment in encouraging others to become involved in campus activities, and integrate the college’s mission and SSJ charism in their personal and professional life.
As part of our desire to connect our students with Sisters of St. Joseph, twice each semester, a group of 10-12 students are invited, along with four Sisters of St. Joseph, to share lunch and conversation together. Students are invited to “lunch with a Sister” and are given some starter questions beforehand. Questions may include, “Why did you join the SSJs?” “What type of work have you done?” “What type of work do you do now? “What training did you receive?” “How has religious life changed for you over the years?”
Campus Ministry, along with SAAC and the Student Activities Board, has teamed up with Boston College in bringing Agape Latte to our campus! Agape Latte is an informal/low-key student-led series on spirituality/faith/life journey.
Rites of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
The RCIA program welcomes all members of the Elms College Community who wish to explore Catholic spirituality and who wish to become fully initiated in the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). The program is also open to Catholics who wish to complete their sacraments of initiation. All Elms members who are interested or would like to receive more information, please contact the Office of Campus Ministry.
The Confirmation program at Elms College through the office of Campus Ministry is available for all members of the Elms community who wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
Registration is typically made available in the beginning of the spring semester. Those who have interest in celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation may contact the Campus Ministry Staff to receive more information. Submission of a copy of your baptismal certificate is required.
Sacrament of Marriage
To schedule your wedding on the college campus, the bride and/or groom must be a member or alumna/nus of the Elms College community. To receive complete information on preparation and requirements for the sacrament of marriage at Elms College, please contact Father Mark Stelzer at .