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.

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Harvard Graduate Students and Young Professionals (GS/YPs) enjoyed a Lenten weekend of prayer, reflection, and fellowship at their annual spring retreat; March 4-5, St. Scholastica Priory, Petersham, MA.

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.

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Harvard Catholic Center Publications

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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 Jesus Christ.  We cannot say it enough - Thank You!

Harvard Catholic Magazine FALL 2016

Fall 2016 Newsletter

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
Last Mass of the Spring '17 Term = Sunday, April 23

 6:30p, WCC 1010;
On hiatus until the Fall '17 Term

(HMS, HSDM, HSPH, Hospital Residents)
Wednesdays @ 8:30p, JBM Lounge Vanderbilt Hall, Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA
January 11 & 25
February 8 & 22
March 8 & 28
Good Friday Service, April 14, 12:30p in
JBM Lounge Vanderbilt Hall
April 19
May 3 & 17


Daily Mass
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM & 12:10 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM
Sunday: 5:00 PM

Saturday Vigil
5:00 PM

Sunday Mass
7:30 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM
5:00 PM

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.

Annointing of the Sick
Immediately following the 9A on the 1st Saturday of each month

Visit St. Paul Parish website for more details

DGH = DiGiovanni Hall
UC = Upper Church
LC = Lower Church


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Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

- Romans 4:25

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

  • Various dates, 2016 -2017 - Season of Music , St. Paul's Choir School
  • Special Anniversary Mass - Fr. George Salzmann  - 40th Anniversary Priestly Ordination; 25th Anniversary as Graduate/Professional Schools Chaplain, Sunday, April 30, 11a, St. Paul's Church; Reception to follow, DiGiovanni Hall
  • An Afternoon of French Choral Music - Sunday, May 7, 2p, St. Paul's Church, Wine & Cheese Courtyard Reception to follow
  • Baccalaureate Mass - Sunday, May 21, St. Paul's Church, Reception to follow
  • "In Their Footsteps":A Pilgrimage to Catholic France - June 3-11, 2017, details below

Ongoing St. Paul's Parish/Harvard Catholic Center Volunteer Service Opportunities
  • Food Pantry - Saturdays, St. Paul's Lower Church. Contact Tara Lauriat for more information
  • ESOL Program - Saturdays, 10a-12p, throughout the university school year. Contact Brian Rinz for details
  • EVkids Tutor/Mentor Program - EVcorps runs through the university school year. Contact Heather Angell, Tutor Director/Chaplain, call 978.478.7481 or visit www.evkids.org to learn more

Keep scrolling for all Thomistic Institute, Harvard Campus, dates/details.

SAVE THE DATE for other important area events.

to EVkids' Tutor Director/Chaplain Heather Angell! Heather received the St. John's Prep "No One Walks Alone" MLK Service Award earlier this year for her
work in providing economically disadvantaged young people with access to educational opportunity. Based at the HCC, and working with Harvard and a few other area university undergraduates, Heather is responsible for recruiting and guiding volunteer students as they partake in a one-to-one multi-year tutoring/mentoring match program with Boston's opportunity youth. As a longtime partner with EVkids and a supporter of its social justice mission, the Harvard Catholic Center couldn't be more thrilled for Heather and blessed to have her ministering to and with Harvard Catholic undergraduates.

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.


TUESDAYS, 8:00 PM, St. Paul's Church
Named after John Paul II's motto Totus Tuus, meaning totally Yours, Totus Tuesday is a weekly holy hour run by the Harvard Catholic Student Association (CSA) from 8:00-9:00 P.M. on Tuesdays in St. Paul's.  Throughout this hour, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration, while one of the chaplains hears confessions.  Totus Tuesday concludes with Benediction and is always followed by our Super Tuesday hangout - i.e. snacks, games, conversations, etc. - in the Student Lounge. Please contact Ben Kelly for more information about this wonderful way to spend time in prayer with Our Lord! 

Did you miss one of the Thomistic Institute talks at Harvard?
Listen to past events by visiting either of these TI On Campus Harvard University links:

Graduate Students or Undergraduate Students

Thomistic Institute On Campus

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

Thursday, February 2 @ 7:00 PM, Harvard University, Emerson 305
“Verbum Domini: The Catholic Approach to Scripture” by Dr. Boyd Taylor Coolman, Boston College. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Students Association and the Harvard Catholic Center Undergraduate Student Chaplaincy. Register here.

Thursday, March 30 @ 7:00 PM, Harvard University
“What Do We Really Know About Moral Right and Wrong?” by Prof. J. Budziszewski, University of Texas, Austin. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Students Association and the Harvard Catholic Center Undergraduate Student Chaplaincy. Registration TBA.

Thursday, April 20 @ 7:00 PM, Harvard University
“On Christ, Salvation, and Non-Christian Religions” by Prof. Jessica Murdoch, Villanova University. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Students Association and the Harvard Catholic Center Undergraduate Student Chaplaincy. Register here.

Thomistic Institute On Campus

Tuesday, February 21 @ 12:00 PM, Harvard University
Catholic Education by Prof. Nicole Garnett, University of Notre Dame. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Center Graduate Student Chaplaincy. Registration TBA.

Thursday, March 2 @ 6:00 PM,
Harvard University
Is Friendship Still Possible? Amicitia in Aristotle and Aquinas by Sr. Mary Madeline Todd, O.P., Aquinas College. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Center Graduate Student Chaplaincy. Register here.

Thursday, March 23 @ 6:00 PM, Harvard University, Sever 202
The Idea of a University - Encore et Toujours" by Prof. Reinhard Hutter, Duke Divinity School. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Center Graduate Student Chaplaincy. Register here.

Thursday, April 27 @ 6:00 PM, Harvard University, Sever 202
“Reading St. Augustine's City of God with St. Thomas Aquinas” (working title) by Dr. Chad Pecknold, Catholic University of America. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Center Graduate Student Chaplaincy. Registration TBA.

"IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS" - A Pilgrimage to Catholic France

June 3 - 11, 2017
Join young adults from St. Paul's Church and Boston as we trace the paths of extraordinary French saints throughout Lourdes, Lisieux, Paris, and beyond. This trip is exclusively planned by, and for, Harvard Catholic graduate students, young professionals and graduating seniors. Visit the portal for more details/links and/or contact the trip coordinator Marie-Pascale Grimon. View the printable color flyer.

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Thursdays, Resumes on February 2, after the 8a and 12:10p Masses, St. Paul's Church
Meet other graduate students, post-docs, and young professionals in the front left of St. Paul's Church near the chapel dedicated to Mary, after the daily Masses at 8:00 a.m. and at 12:10p to pray the rosary together. For more information, and/or if you would like to be added to the 'wake-up call' list, contact Angie Acquatella.


EVERY SUNDAY at 12:30 PM (after 11:00 AM Mass)
Harvard Catholic Center, Student Lounge (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 or Ben Schlanger

NOTE: Verbum Dei will not meet on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

(Young Professionals are welcome!)

The HCC Women's Fellowship group welcomes all graduate student, postdoctorate, and young professional women! 
Contact Marisa Marotta for details and/or if you would like to learn more about this group visit our Facebook page.
Future date(s):


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: Desmond Conway. Special guest on April 6: Harvard Law School Prof. Adrian Vermeule, AB '90, JD '93.
Future date(s): Febuary 16, April 6


Contact: Jason Yu
Future date(s):
April 22 (CANCELLED), New Date in May = May 13 (Watch this space for details.)


SATURDAY, MARCH 25 - Museum of Science!

Come join us as we visit the Boston Museum of Science! Tickets are $25.00 for admission to the "Exhibit Halls", and will be paid at the museum upon arrival. We will meet at the St. Paul Courtyard at 12:30pm. Please RSVP and/or visit this event's Facebook page.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - Harvard Ice Hockey!
6:45p meetup time, Bright-Landry Hockey Center


SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 - Ice Skating!
4:00p meetup time, Frog Pond, Boston Common

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016 - Holiday Celebration!
12:00p meetup time, McMullen Museum of Art


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 - Harvard vs. Columbia Football Game!
12:30p meetup time, Harvard Stadium

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 - Hiking!
10:30a meetup time, Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 - Apple Picking!
10:30 am meetup time,  Carver Hill Orchard, Stow, MA

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Gather at 7:00 p.m - Dinner at 7:30 p.m., Student Lounge

29 Mount Auburn Street
No need to RSVP - just bring $5 and yourself and enjoy a pasta dinner!
Future date(s): January 26, February 23, March 23, April 20, May 18

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

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

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)

April 28 - Barton Fink (1991, US)

May 26 Song of Bernadette (1943, US)

June 30 - The Immigrant (2013, US)

July 28 The Truman Show (1998, US)

August 25 Ida (2013, Poland)

September 29 Departures (1998, Japan)

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. Contact Jason LaLonde.

Future date(s): January 18, February 1 and 22, March 15, April 5 & 26, May 17

EX LIBRIS: The Lives and Writings of the Saints

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

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.
Visit the Ex Libris blog.
Future date(s): January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10

Past readings have included excerpts from:

St. Elizabeth Anne Seton "Our daily work is to do the will of God"

Father James Martin Becoming Who You Are

15th World Youth Day Address of the Holy Father John Paul II Vigil of Prayer, August 19, 2000

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

St. Alphonsus de Liguori's Uniformity with God's Will


2nd SUNDAY of the MONTH, 10:30AM, St. Paul's Church - Conference Room 101 (enter 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA)
Engaged? Married? New Family? Come join us for a potluck brunch the second Sunday of each month following the 9:30am Mass.
Join the e-mail list: HarvardCatholicYCNF@gmail.com
Future date(s): January 8, February 12, March 12, April 2, May 14, June 11



2018 Program - Save The Date(s)!
Saturday, February 10, 9am-5pm
Sunday February 11,  9am-12noon

Engaged? For general information and/or to inquire about/register for the next Pre-Cana program at St. Paul's Parish e-mail Nancy Nicolaou.. For marriage paperwork, contact Fr. George Salzmann or (617) 491-8400 ext. 326.


Anyone seeking to become Catholic, please contact Fr. George Salzmann or call 617.491.8400.


Have you been Baptized Catholic, received First Communion, but have not been Confirmed? Come join our Adult Confirmation preparation sessions for college students and adults. Sessions take place in the Multimedia Room or in Room 202, Parish of St. Paul, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.

Saturday, February 25  - Introductory Session  - 9a-12p

Monday, March 6 Creed and Trinity - 7-9p

Monday, March 30 - The Sacraments - 7-9p

Monday, March 27 The Church - 7-9p

Monday, April 3 Christian Prayer - 7-9p

Monday, April 10 Morality - 7-9p

Monday, April 22 Closing Session - Mary and The Saints

Monday, April 29 Sacrament of Confirmation - Our Lady Help of Christians, Newton, MA - 11a

For information about the RCIA program at St. Paul's Parish email Bernie Swain, Director of Faith Formation, or call his office at
617.491.8400 x304.  You may also email Fr. Mark Murphy.


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.

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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"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!
UPDATE: Listen to Aurora Griffin's November 19 interview on The Dan Cheely Show.

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!

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.






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, Fr.Salzmann, Fr.Murphy
2016 Commencement Spielberg

 Visit the Site for the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association  

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.