Welcome to the Harvard Catholic Center

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

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.

Fr. George Salzmann with graduate students and young professionals at their spring retreat at Glastonbury Abbey. Held over Divine Mercy Sunday weekend, the retreat's theme was on mercy and spiritual friendship. Activities included attending Mass with the Benedictine monks and joining them for the Divine Office, student-led talks, small group discussions, Adoration, Confession, and socials.

 Student Center Sign

Harvard Catholic Center Publications

Latin Oratory at 2015 Commencement

Mass of the Holy Spirit Gallery

Harvard Catholic Magazine - Summer 2015

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


Sundays at 5 p.m. St. Paul’s Church

Every Sunday at 8 p.m. HBS HBS 1959 Chapel

Alternating Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Wasserstein 1010.


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

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: First Friday after the 8:00AM Mass until noon

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.


“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” – Thessalonians 5:11

During National Volunteer Week, April 10 – 16, we wish to express tremendous appreciation to all of our wonderful volunteers at the Harvard Catholic Center. Your commitment and passion are true examples of walking in the path of Christ. May God bless you all, and many thanks for your continued dedication and support. Yours in Christ, the clergy and staff at the Harvard Catholic Center.


The Harvard Catholic Center’s “Theology by the Pint” series welcomed Fr. Bill Murphy in February for a talk entitled “Finding the Mercy of God in Everyday Life at Harvard: A Conversation.” Fr. Murphy is the spiritual director of Saint Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass, and the past undergrad chaplain at Harvard.



Four catechumens from the Harvard Catholic Center/St. Paul Parish and nine candidates for full initiation in the Church attended the "Rite of Election” recently at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Catechumens are those who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. Candidates are those who have been baptized in a Christian church already, and will be confirmed in the Catholic faith at the Vigil on March 26th at St. Paul Church. Many of the catechumens and candidates are Harvard students from just about every graduate school: the business school, law school, Kennedy school and the school of education. Click the following for more information on the "Rite of Election” from the Archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot: http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?ID=175846



"How does faith shapes our lives, and our lives inform our faith?"
THURSDAY, April 13 at 8:00 PM
HCC, Student Lounge, 2nd Floor (Enter at 20 Arrow Street or 29 Mount Auburn Street)

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. mariadevlin@fas.harvard.edu



EVERY SUNDAY AT 10:30 AM (after 9:30 AM Mass)
St. Paul Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street

Join the GSAS CSA for brunch every Sunday following the 9:30 AM Mass. Gather and meet in the vestibule after Mass and head over to Zoe's together.



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



SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016 from 1:30-4PM

45 Day St, Somerville, MA 02144

Come ring in spring – and the Easter season (why not?) – at Flatbread Pizza/Sacco's Bowl Haven in Davis Sq! St Paul Grad Students & Young Professionals are putting on an evening "Day Away" to reserve 2 lanes and experience the tradition of New England candlepin bowling over pizza and brews (yes, they deliver the nutriments right to the lane). Will meet at Flatbread directly (45 Day St, Somerville, MA 02144 – take the Red Line to Davis Square) at 7pm.

~$10 for bowling+shoes for 2 hours. Food/drinks additional.

Must RSVP here by April 10 or email alex.angstrom@gmail.com. Only 12 spots available!
Future dates: May 14



THURSDAY, APRIL 28th, 2016
Gather at 7:00 p.m - Dinner at 7:30 p.m.

DiGiovanni Hall - new location!
29 Mount Auburn Street
No need to RSVP - just bring $5 and yourself and enjoy a pasta dinner!
Future dates: May 19



7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
HCC, Room 202 (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: May 11, June 1



APRIL 23 & 24, 2016

Engaged? Register now! The next Pre Cana class is on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016. 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.



FRIDAY, APRIL 15th at 6:30 PM
DiGiovanni Hall, 29 Mount Auburn Street

Engaged? Married? New Family? Come join us for a potluck dinner! Join the e-mail list: StPaulYoungCouples@googlegroups.com
Future dates: May 12, June 17



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



APRIL 23 & 24, 2016

Classes start on Sunday, February 28. For info contact Fr. Salzmann at gsalzmann@gmail.com. To register, contact Patty Lee at pattyCL@hotmail.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.




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 currently headed up by parish administrator and 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.
2010-2011 Alumni Lay Chaplains

 Visit the Site for the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association    Meet the Chaplains

Visit the Harvard Catholic Center

 HCC Logo

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.