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The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life supports members of the Allegheny community in learning, growing in leadership, and developing as whole persons. Through programs, worship experiences, discussions, and fellowship groups, the office seeks to nurture and encourage persons of faith to deepen their engagement with their own faith traditions, while developing respect for difference. Allegheny’s commitment to diversity extends to religion and compels our support for students of all faith traditions, and to the need to prepare students to live in a religiously diverse world.
The office supports seven student fellowship groups, including those for evangelical, Protestant, and Catholic Christians; Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu students. Students of faith come together through the Interfaith Fellowship for discussion, service and programming. We provide weekly ecumenical chapel services and Catholic Mass, plus services for the Jewish High Holidays, Passover, and regular Shabbats. We work in partnership with congregations in the area to support students whose faith traditions are not represented in large numbers on campus.
The College Chaplain works with a staff that includes a Catholic priest and advisors for Hillel and Christian fellowship groups. A rabbi on faculty leads services, and faculty members advise the Muslim and Buddhist/Hindu student groups. The Chaplain is available to all students for pastoral counseling, spiritual guidance, and vocational assistance. We seek to support students of any faith, or of none, in exploring questions of meaning and purpose, and as they develop in mind, body, and spirit.