Welcome to the Harvard Catholic Center!

29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-6031
Phone 617-491-8400     Fax 617-354-7092     Email info@harvardcatholic.org


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.

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

Fr. George Salzmann with graduate students and young professionals (GSYP) at their first-ever Welcome Weekend event on September 10, 2016. New graduate students and young professionalss were welcomed with a full day of getting to know the chaplains, the GSYP community and all the events, groups, and opportunities offered, and each other. Their day of inquiry and prayer was concluded with attendance at Archbishop Gomez' talk, and Sunday worship at the Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. Paul's Church.

 Student Center Sign

Harvard Catholic Center Publications

'30 By 30'
Matching Gift Challenge!

We are delighted to share that the '30 By 30' Matching Gift Challenge was a great success thanks to you. The challenge, made possible by Dan Moore '83 and his wife, Grace, capped off another record amount raised for the Harvard Catholic Center. We are truly grateful to the many thoughtful donors who contributed to the growth of the Annual Fund (ending June 30, 2016) AND to the brilliant renovation of the Student Lounge.

Only through support from students, parents, alumni/ae, and friends is the Harvard Catholic Center able to sustain its mission of worship, inquiry, prayer, and service; all in the name of Jesu
Christ.  Thank you!

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Annual Report 2015

Latin Oratory at 2015 Commencement

Mass of the Holy Spirit Gallery

Harvard Catholic Magazine

Student Lounge Renewal Project
"Let us rise up and build." - Nehemiah 2:17-18


Sunday @ 5P, St. Paul's Church;
offered each Sunday during the fall semester.

Sunday @ 8P, HBS Chapel;
offered each Sunday during the fall semester.

Resumes on Sunday, Sep.4 @ 6:30p, WCC 1010;
offered on each of the following Sundays:

September 4
(Sep.4 = first Sunday, before classes begin)
September 18
October 2, 16, & 23
November 13 & 27
December 11
(Dec.11 = last Mass of the calendar year)

(HMS, HSDM, HSPH, Hospital Residents)
On the followings Wednesdays, 8:30p, JBM Lounge Vanderbilt Hall, Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA
September 21
October 5 & 19
November 2, 16 & 30
December 14


Daily Mass:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM & 12:10 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM

Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM

Sunday Mass: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM (UC)

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: First Friday after the 8:00AM Mass until noon; starting on September 2, every Friday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
~ or by appointment.

Click to visit St. Paul Parish website for more details.

DGH = DiGiovanni Hall
UC = Upper Church


Welcome to all new and returning students. May a blessed and rewarding academic year be yours!

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord
you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
- Colossians 3:23-24

SAVE THE DATE (!) for these Harvard Catholic Center, St. Paul Parish, or St. Paul Choir School sponsored/hosted 2016-2017 events.

Thursdays: Oct. 13, Nov. 3, Dec. 1  - Thomistic Institute On Campus, Harvard University (scroll for details)

Wednesday, October 19 - Faith & Faculty Series - HKS Catholic and Christian Student Organizations, HKS, Room T-275

Thursday, October 20 - The Creative Spirit...Caring for the Soul: the Role of the Arts in Healing, 7p, DiGiovanni Hall, Parish of St. Paul

Saturday, October 22 - Lector Training, 9:30a, & Extraordinatry Ministers of Holy Communion Training, 10:30a, St. Paul  Church

Sunday: Novmeber 6 - St. Paul Choir School Organ Recital Series, St. Paul Church @ 3:00 p.m.

Sundays: December 4 & 11 - A Christmas Celebration Concert Series, St. Paul Choir School, 3:00 p.m., St. Paul Church

SAVE THE DATE (!) for these other important area events.

Saturday, October 15
- White Mass, Archdiocese of Boston, 5:45 pm, St. John's Seminary, Brighton, MA - sponsored by the Guild of St. Luke

Wednesdays: Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Dec. 14
- Fiat Discernment Group for Single Women, 7-9p, St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, email or call 617.746.5637

Sunday, October 30 - Red Mass, Archdiocese of Boston, 11:30a, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, MA - sponsored by The Catholic Lawyers' Guild

Monday, October 31 - Harvard Divnity School Presentation, Rev. Dr. David Neuhaus, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA

Saturday, November 12 - EVkids 7th Annual Expanding Horizons Gala, 6:00p, The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, November 15 - Gold Mass, Archdiocese of Boston, 5:15 pm, MIT Chapel, Cambridge, MA - sponsored by the Tech Catholic Community and the Society of Catholic Scientists

Father Bill Kelly's Installation Mass

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Special moments from Fr. Kelly's Installation Mass on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at which the Most Reverend Peter J. Uglietto, V.G. officiated as the Principal Celebrant and Homilist. Many gathered for this milestone occasion including Fr. Kelly's family and friends , several clergy members, and many parishioners, students, staff, parents, alumni, volunteers, and visitors. Both the Mass and reception were blanketed in God's grace and blessings. And no one there will ever forget the brief blackout that occurred during mid-Mass!

"How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard"

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Aurora Griffin '14, author of How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard, on CatholicTV!
Aurora 'kicked-off' her book tour with a stop at the Harvard Catholic Center on September 28 for a talk, Q&A, and an ice cream social.  She discussed keeping one's faith at a modern university, and shared practical tips related to academics, community, prayer, and service that helped her remain a 'power Catholic' at Harvard. A group of approximately 40 - i.e. mostly students; some parishioners - attended the event. The HCC wishes her much success and many blessings!

Harvard Law School graduate and talk radio host, Dan Cheely, JD '74 spoke with Father Bill Kelly, Senior Chaplain about Catholic life at Harvard. The interview was recorded on The Dan Cheely Show on September 7 and is available throughout the Relevant Radio Network, Talk Radio for Catholic Life. To listen click on the "Stream" on September 10, or like on Facebook.

Did you know that the Harvard Catholic Center sends out a weekly e-bulletin of events, liturgies, discussion groups, volunteer opportunities, and more?  Opt-in via the subscribe tool near the bottom of this page or sign-up through info@harvardcatholic.org. Thank you for staying connected.

Harvard Catholic Law Students Association invites you to visit its website and check out its Facebook page for all the Catholic goings-on at HLS.  Contact Patricia Alejandro '17 if you have any questions, need more information, etc.

Thomistic Institute On Campus

Thursday, October 27 @ 6:00 PM, Harvard University
“True Sacrifice: Understanding the Mass” by Dr. Bruce Marshall, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Register here.

Thursday, November 17 @ 6:00 PM, Harvard University
“What Is Politics About Anyway?: Aquinas on the Common Good” by Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception.

Thomistic Institute On Campus

NOTE: These are "Theology by the Slice" events.

Thursday, November 3 @ 7:00 PM, Harvard University
“The Challenges of Evoluation and the Metaphysics of Creation” by Dr. William E. Carroll, Oxford University. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Students Association and the Harvard Catholic Center Undergraduate Student Chaplaincy. Registration TBA.

Thursday, December 1 @ 7:00 PM, Harvard Univeristy
“God and the Big Bang: Creation in Light of Modern Science” by Prof. Stephen Barr, University of Delaware. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Students Association and the Harvard Catholic Center Undergraduate Student Chaplaincy. Registration TBA.


THURSDAYS, 12:45 PM, St. Paul's Church
Meet other graduate students, post-docs, and young professionals in the front left of St. Paul's Church after the daily Mass (12:10p) to pray the rosary together. For more information, contact Marie-Pascale Grimon.

GRAD STUDENT WOMEN'S GROUP (Young Professionals are welcome!)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 11:30 AM, Potluck Lunch & Head of the Charles Regatta
Join the St. Paul's female fellowship this Saturday, October 22 @ 11:30am, first for a potluck lunch and then to watch the "Head of the Charles" regatta! The potluck lunch will be held at a female fellowship member's apartment. We will meet there at 11;30am and then head over to the Head of the Charles around 12:30pm. Bring whatever type of food or specialty dish you would like for the potluck lunch. Contact Marisa Marotta for the address and for more information.


Thursday, November 3, 8:00 PM
Multimedia Room and Student Lounge

Graduate students and young professionals are invited to join this discussion group over food and wine on how best to live out our Catholic faith in the world. Contact mariadevlin@fas.harvard.edu or alex.angstrom@gmail.com.


EVERY SUNDAY at 12:30 PM (after 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. E-mail: alex.angstrom@gmail.com.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 - Apple Picking!
10:30 am meetup time,  Carver Hill Orchard, Stow, MA
Come...welcome the beginning of the fall semester with other grad students, post docs, and young professionals. We will meet at St. Paul Parish at 10:30 am, split into vehicles, and drive out to Carver Hill Orchard in Stow (~45 mins west of Boston). Please bring $10-25 for apple picking, cider donuts, and anything else you may want from the farm stand. Eat a hearty breakfast! We should return to Harvard Sq. shortly after 2:00pm. Please RSVP here.

September2016 DaysAway ApplePicking


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 - Hiking!
10:30a meetup time, Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA
Enjoy autumn with an outdoor hike! Meet at the parking lot in the Porter Square Shopping Center, near the CVS Pharmacy. The drive: to Milton will take approximately 50 minutes. You may want to fill your backpack with water, trail snacks, a sandwich, etc. We expect to be back in  Cambridge by 3:00p. Please RSVP here. Contact: Jason Yu.

NOTE: Logistics for the Days Away! Hiking! event are subject to change. Please watch your inbox for updates, or contact the event coordinator directly.

Oct2016 DaysAway Hiking


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 - Harvard vs. Columbia Football Game!
12:30p meetup time, Harvard Stadium
We will root for the Harvard Crimson when the play Columbia! Gametime is at 1:00p. We will meet at the St. Paul Parish courtyard at 12:30p and walk over to the Harvard Stadium together. The Days Away! block of tickets is SOLD OUT. Contact Jason Yu directly for details.


Dates for Fall 2016:

THURSDAY, October 20, Student Lounge and adjacent rooms

THURSDAY, November 17, Student Lounge and adjacent rooms

Gather at 7:00 p.m - Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
29 Mount Auburn Street
No need to RSVP - just bring $5 and yourself and enjoy a pasta dinner!

HCC FILM NIGHT for Graduate Students, Post Docs, and Early Career Professionals

LAST FRIDAY of the MONTH, 7:00 PM, Student Lounge

April 29 -
Babette's Feast (1987, Denmark; Pope Francis' favorite film)

May 27  - Of Gods and Men (2010, France)

June 24 - El Bano del Papa (2007, Uruguay)

July 29 - The Bicycle Thief (1948, Italy)

August 26 - A Man For All Seasons (1966, UK)

September 30 - Ikiru (1952, Japan)

October 28 - The Tree of Life (2011, US)

December 2 - The Island (2006, Russia; original title: Ostrov)

January 27 - The Intouchables (2011, France)

February 24 - Desire of the Everlasting Hills (2015, US); The Drop Box (2015, South Korea) - documentary night

March 31 - Wild Strawberries (1957, Sweden)

HCC Film Night is held at 7 pm on the last Friday of every month (except for November/December '16) in the newly renovated Student Lounge. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Contact: hccfilmnight@gmail.com



7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
HCC Multimedia Room
(enter at 20 Arrow Street or 29 Mount Auburn Street)

Graduate students and young professionals are invited to join the theological discussion group, Lumen Veritatis. We engage in a close reading and discussion of texts by outstanding Catholic teachers, such as Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Ratzinger, Blessed John Henry Newman, and Josef Pieper. For more information and to receive the text for the first meeting, please email: jason.c.lalonde@gmail.com.
Future dates: November 16 & 30

EX LIBRIS: The Lives and Writings of the Saints


7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
HCC Student Lounge (enter at 20 Arrow Street or 29 Mount Auburn Street)

Dates for Fall 2016:

November 9 = TBA

Join us for an informal discussion of works about and/or by the saints. You are warmly welcome even if you aren't able to read the excerpts ahead of time. Future readings may include portions of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises and/or Salvifici Doloris by Pope St. John Paul II.
For information, email Elizabeth Choe: elizabeth.y.choe@gmail.com

Past readings have included excerpts from:

Story of a Soul:The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Terese of Avila’s The Interior Castle

St. Teresa's Come Be My Light

St. Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life

The Diary of St. Faustina


Engaged? Register now! The next Pre Cana class is to be determined. For info and to register, e-mail Nancy Nicolaou at nnicol@stpaulparish.org. For marriage paperwork, contact Fr. George Salzmann at gsalzmann@gmail.com or (617) 491-8400 ext. 326.



Dates for Fall 2016:

SUNDAYS: October 16, November 13, & December 11
10:30 AM, Conference Room 101, enter 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA
Engaged? Married? New Family? Come join us for a potluck meal! Join the e-mail list: HarvardCatholicYCNF@gmail.com


Anyone seeking to become Catholic, please contact Fr. George Salzmann, gsalzmann@gmail.com or call 617.491.8400.



For info contact Fr. Salzmann at gsalzmann@gmail.com.



St. Paul's Church at 8:00 PM

Join us on Tuesdays during the academic year from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Totus Tuesday in St. Paul's Church. During holy hour there is Eucharistic adoration, benediction, confession, meditation and music. Following the holy hour is Super Tuesday at 9:00 PM. Join us in the Student Lounge at the Catholic Center for snacks and conversation.


Would you like to have your dorm room blessed by one of the priest chaplains? Contact Fr. Mark Murphy, Undergraduate chaplain at: harvardpriest@gmail.com or at (617) 491-8400, ext. 341.

"For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts." - Malachi 2:7

Father Mark Murphy, Undergraduate Chaplain, and Andrew Solkshinitz, St. John Seminarian, celebrated Mass before countless CatholicTV viewers  on Friday, June 10 at the chapel of CatholicTV studios in Watertown, MA.  Please consider sharing throughout our community and with your networks. Thank you.

If you do not yet know Father Mark Murphy, you can 'meet' him via this short video clip hosted by the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust. Just click-on Father Murphy's picture below and then hit the <play> button.



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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 administrators provides year-to-year continuity and support to the programming that takes place at the Harvard Catholic Center.

The Center is currently headed up by Senior Chaplain Fr. William Kelly,  Graduate Chaplain Fr. George Salzmann, and Undergraduate Chaplain Fr. Mark Murphy. 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.

Doug Zack, Director of Advancement and Carol Sardo, Advancement Associate round out the Harvard Catholic Center staff.

l-r:  Fr.Kelly, S.Spielberg, Fr.Murphy
2016 Commencement Spielberg

 Visit the Site for the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association  

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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.