The Catholic University of America

Campus Ministry

Ground Floor Caldwell Hall / 202-319-5575 /

Sister Ruth Harkins, IHM. Associate Campus Minister for Graduate & Professional Students


The mission of the Office of Campus Ministry is to assist the members of the CUA community in their growth as individuals and as a community so they may more fully celebrate and live the message of the Gospel.  The diversity of activities seek to engage the particular needs and interests of the adults in the various academic areas and focus on empowering the graduate and professional adults with numerous opportunities to embrace all the faith dimensions of an adult life. As we grow as a Christian community here at CUA, it becomes obvious that Campus Ministry is the work of not just a few but of all Christians at the University. Student participation in the work of Campus Ministry is encouraged and essential.


Worship Opportunities

Mass is celebrated each weekday at 12:15pm in Mary Mirror of Justice Chapel (Columbus School of Law); at  12:30pm and 5:10pm (Monday-Friday) in Caldwell Chapel; 10:30pm (Monday-Thursday) in St. Vincent De Paul Chapel. On Sundays, Mass is held in the University Chapel of St. Vincent De Paul at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. and in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 4 p.m. There is also a monthly liturgy for Graduate, Professional and Law students in the fourth Monday of the month at 12:30 pm in Caldwell Chapel and monthly adoration the third Friday of each month in Mary, Mirror of Justice Chapel following the 12:15 pm liturgy., Graduate and Law students are invited to actively participate in the various liturgical ministries as lector, altar server, extraordinary minister of Eucharist and pastoral musician. Eucharistic Adoration with Praise and Worship music is held every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel, with confessions heard immediately following. Solemn Eucharistic Adoration is held every Thursday night at 9 p.m., also in Caldwell Chapel.


Spiritual Activities

Campus Ministry offers a variety of opportunities each semester designed to meet the spiritual needs and interests of students who are at different stages of their faith lives. Campus Ministry provides a variety of programs such as: weekly Graduate Faith Community; weekly Bible Study; monthly Graduate Speaker Series; Online Retreat; one Silent Retreat; one Guided Retreat; Annual Welcome Back Dinner; and Faith, Film & Food. Each offers a new opportunity for participants to encounter Christ, to explore and grow in faith, and to form new and lasting friendships. All are welcome to participate.


Campus Ministry Services

For those seeking full communion with the Church, Campus Ministry offers sacramental preparation for baptism, Holy Communion and confirmation through the RCIA process. Campus Ministry also offers guidance and assistance in the preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage. The sacrament of reconciliation is offered regularly on Wednesday nights, after the Sunday 9:00pm Mass and by appointment.  Qualified Campus Ministry staff and others from the CUA faculty and staff are available for spiritual direction. A monthly Mass is offered for members of the CUA community who have died or who have sustained loss through the death of a family member or friend.


Community Service

The Gospel calls us to care for the most vulnerable among us--the poor, the sick, the elderly, and the unborn.       CUA students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to give of themselves in the service of others through a number of community service opportunities, and to become a voice for peace and justice on campus and in the community through education, reflection, and social action. It offers a variety of service opportunities and serves as a resource for members of the CUA community who wish to volunteer their time and talents to serve those in need. Service opportunities include ministry to the hungry and homeless, building and refurbishing homes for families in need, tutoring children at local elementary schools, visiting the elderly, ministering to the disabled and caring for at-risk children. The staff is available to help students find a volunteer opportunity that suits their gifts and interests.



Support Services for Non-Catholic Students

Students from other religions and other Christian denominations are welcome at any of the Campus Ministry services or programs. The office also maintains a listing of the area ministers and rabbis, including information on the services provided by other religions and denominations. Any student with concerns or requests about his or her religion is welcomed and encouraged to come to the Office of Campus Ministry for assistance.