Welcome to the Harvard Catholic Center

29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-6031
Phone 617-491-8400     Fax 617-354-7092

Baccalaureate Mass at St. Paul Church to bless the Class of 2015.

Jim McGlone '15 had the honor of delivering the Latin Oratory at Harvard's Commencement on May 28. Jim is from Boonton, NJ and was VP for Spirituality at the Harvard Catholic Center/Catholic Student Association. Well done Jim!

It is hard to stereotype the people in any Harvard crowd and that is certainly true at the Harvard Catholic Center.  Some students come by for Sunday Eucharist, while others get absorbed with projects and friendships that last for years.  Still, all are bound by a common faith in Christ.  For Catholic students, Harvard is as much a pilgrimage of the heart and soul as it is a challenge for strong minds.

Over the years, thousands of women and men have brought a rich tradition of Catholic life to the University.  As a ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston and St. Paul Parish in Harvard Square, the Center keeps this tradition alive and flourishing on campus.  This is reflected in the Center's mission statement:

The Harvard Catholic Center invites students, faculty, alumni and the greater university community to grow into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ through the Roman Catholic tradition of worship, inquiry, prayer and service to develop informed and compassionate individuals who use their intellectual and spiritual gifts for the benefit of the Church and the World.

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Harvard Catholic Center Publications

Harvard Catholic Magazine - Summer 2015

The Harvard Catholic Center and St. Paul's will always be your spiritual home. Please keep in touch after graduation and please visit upon your return to campus. St. Paul's has been the site of many alumni weddings and baptisms of alumni children - Fathers Drea, Salzmann and Murphy are always happy to celebrate these special sacraments for our alumni.

Also, when you are settled after graduation, please provide your contact information to the Catholic Center by completing this survey, so that you can receive copies of the Harvard Catholic Magazine and announcements about events and speakers both on campus and in your city. Blessings on all Crimson Catholics!

Upcoming Events!


EVERY SUNDAY at 10:30 AM (after 9:30 AM Mass)
St. Paul Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street
The GSAS CSA invites all graduate students and young professionals to join them for brunch every Sunday following the 9:30 AM Mass. Gather and meet in the vestibule after Mass and head over together.


EVERY SUNDAY at 12:15 PM (after 10:30 AM GSAS CSA brunch and 11:00 AM Mass)
Harvard Catholic Center, Rm 204 (Enter at 20 Arrow Street or at 29 Mount Auburn Street)

Grad students and young professionals gather each Sunday as a small church community to read and reflect on the Sunday readings and to share and pray about finding God in everyday life. For more information, e-mail: alex.angstrom@gmail.com


7:00 PM GATHER; 7:30 PM DINE
Harvard Catholic Center Student Lounge, 2nd Floor (Enter at 20 Arrow Street or at 29 Mount Auburn Street) No need to RSVP - just bring $5 and yourself and enjoy a pasta dinner!

Thursday, July 16 and Thursday, August 27


THURSDAY, JUNE 25 at 6:30 PM
Harvard Catholic Center Student Lounge, 2nd Floor (Enter at 20 Arrow Street or at 29 Mount Auburn Street)
Engaged? Married? New Family? Come join us for a potluck dinner! Join the e-mail list: StPaulYoungCouples@googlegroups.com

Thursday, July 30 and Thursday, August 20

Harvard Catholic Center/St. Paul's Church

Weekend Schedule
At St. Paul's Church
Saturday Vigil-5:00PM
Sunday-7:30AM, 9:30AM, Parish Choir
11:00AM, Solemn Mass-Choir of St. Paul's, Boys and Men
5:00PM, University Community Mass

Sunday Campus Masses
Harvard Law School
Sundays Bi-weekly during Term at 6:30PM
See bulletin for dates & location
Harvard Business School 1959 Chapel
Sundays during Term at 8:00PM

Daily Schedule
At St. Paul's Church
Monday-Friday-8:00AM & 12:10PM

At St. Paul's Church
Saturday-3:00PM to 4:30PM
Thursday-1:30PM to 3:30PM
and by appointment, call 617.491.8400

Devotional Life at St. Paul's Church
TOTUS Tuesday, Eucharistic adoration, 8:00PM every Tuesday during term with a study break at 9:00PM in the Catholic Center student lounge. See the weekly bulletin for other adoration opportunities throughout the term.




Graduate Students and Young Professionals





CSA Class of 2011

The undergraduate group is known on campus as the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association, more familiarly as the CSA.  Picnics, prayer, discussions, spaghetti suppers and late night study breaks - the CSA combines spiritual and intellectual seriousness with the warmth of community, good fun, and service to people in need in the Harvard Square community and beyond.

The CSA provides a wealth of opportunities to undergraduates: retreats, communal prayer and small groups; discussions of contemporary religious and moral issues; and special liturgical events through the year.  Students volunteer in soup kitchens, schools, shelters for the homeless and tutoring programs for inner city youth.  Within St. Paul Parish, they teach CCD and serve as liturgical ministers.
There are many ways for the students at Harvard's various graduate and professional schools to become involved in Catholic life in Harvard Square.  Many offer weekly discussion groups or Bible studies, and the Law and Business Schools even offer Mass on their respective campuses.

Area young professionals are invited to participate in the programming offered at the Center as well.  Some of the most popular events that bring together graduate students and young professionals include monthly Thursday dinners and the Theology on Tap ministry.  There is even a group geared towards newlyweds and new parents called Young Couples and New Families: A Work in Progress.

CLSA Pro-Life Breakfast Photo
DC Event in April

We love the opportunity to meet our alumni and alumnae and encourage you to stop by for a visit whenever you find yourself in Harvard Square.

We also hope you will consider joining us at one of our regular liturgies, celebrated next door to the Harvard Catholic Center in St. Paul's Church.  Our summer Mass schedule is below:

Saturday at 5pm
Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am & 11:00am
Daily at 8:00am & 12:10pm

We host special events for our alums throughout the year, both here at the Center and around the country.  For information about past and upcoming HCC alumni events, please visit the link below.
A staff of chaplains and administrative personnel provides year-to-year continuity and support to the programming that takes place at the Harvard Catholic Center.

The Center is led by Fr. Michael Drea, Pastor and Senior Chaplain.  He is joined by two other full-time priests who specialize in ministry with the undergraduates and the graduate students.  This past year the Center was fortunate to have three part-time lay chaplains assisting the full-time staff, working with the undergraduates in the areas of small groups and one-on-one ministry.
2010-2011 Alumni Lay Chaplains

The chaplains are available for counseling and spiritual direction.  Appointments help, but you are always welcome to stop in.  To learn more about these dedicated individuals, please visit the link below.
 Visit the Site for the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association  Visit the Site for Graduate Students and Young Professionals    Meet the Chaplains

Visit the Harvard Catholic Center

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How Can I Help?

The Center is located at 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The Center is open daily as well as on many evenings and weekends during the academic year when students are hosting events.  If you are coming by to visit during regular business hours Monday-Friday, please ring the bell at the 29 Mount Auburn Street entrance.  Use the interactive map at right for detailed directions. The Harvard Catholic Center receives no financial support from the University.  It is funded entirely through the generosity of students, their parents, interested alumni/ae, and friends.  Please consider making a donation today.