Welcome to the Harvard Catholic Center

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



Photos are from the Mass of the Holy Spirit, September 2014 to bless the Academic Year 2014-2015. The Most Reverend Robert Deeley, J.C.D. Bishop of Portland, Principal Celebrant and Homilist. Photos courtesy of Tom Fitzsimmons.



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.


 Student Center Sign

Harvard Catholic Center Publications

Faith in Action Fiscal Year 2013
Harvard Catholic Magazine: Summer 2013



NEWLY MINTED HARVARD CATHOLIC ALUMNI
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!


SUNDAY BRUNCH


EVERY SUNDAY AFTER 9:30 AM MASS
The GSAS CSA invites all graduate students and young professionals to join them for brunch. Gather and meet in the vestibule after Mass to head over together.


WEEKLY SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP


Sunday, May 17 at 4:00 PM
Summer Schedule (Beginning Sunday, May 24):
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 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


YOUNG COUPLES & NEW FAMILIES


Thursday, May 21 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

NEXT EVENTS:
Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 PM


GRAD STUDENTS, POST DOCS & YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DINNER


THURSDAY, June 11
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!

NEXT EVENTS:
Thursday, July 16 and Thursday, August 27


SCHOOL MASS SCHEDULES:


HARVARD LAW SCHOOL


SUNDAY, MAY 17 at 8:00 PM ***FINAL HBS MASS FOR SEMESTER*** Harvard Business School Chapel
Ascension Mass: Thursday, May 14 at 3:30 PM, HBS Chapel


STUDENT MASS


SUNDAY, MAY 17 at 5:00 PM ***FINAL STUDENT MASS FOR SEMESTER***
St. Paul Church


BACCALAUREATE MASS AND RECEPTION


SUNDAY, MAY 24 at 11:00 AM (Gather in Student Center at 10:30 AM)
St. Paul Church (Reception to Follow Mass in DiGiovanni Hall)
Congratulations Harvard Class of 2015! St. Paul Parish and the Harvard Catholic Center offer prayerful best wishes to all members of the graduating Class of 2015. All faculty as well as graduates from the College and Graduate programs are invited to march in the Mass procession (wearing academic regalia if possible) - please gather in the Student Center at 10:30 AM. A reception in your honor follows Mass in DiGiovanni Hall.


COMMENCEMENT DAY MASSES


THURSDAY, MAY 28 at 8:00 AM and 12:10 PM St. Paul Church
On Commencement Day, Mass will be offered for all the graduates that God will bless them abundantly as they begin a new and exciting chapter in their lives.

 
 

Undergraduates

Graduate Students and Young Professionals

 

Alumni

 

Staff

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.