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 undergraduates, the Harvard FOCUS Missionary Team, and Fr. Mark Murphy took time for a special group photo during their joyful, prayerful, and faith-filled week at SEEK 2017, the annual FOCUS Conference, held in San Antonio, TX.

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

Harvard Catholic Magazine
FALL 2016

We are delighted to offer you the latest issue of our annual publication, Harvard Catholic Magazine Fall 2016. We hope that you enjoy the wonderful and warm recollections of St. Mother Teresa's visit to Harvard in 1982 and her impact as a speaker at Class Day. In addition there are many other engaging stories, intereviews, and highlights from the Harvard Catholic Center that we hope you will enjoy.

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.  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
Last Mass of the Fall Term: December 11, 2016
On hiatus unil the Spring '17 Term
Resumes: January 22, 2017

Sunday @ 8p, HBS Chapel;
Last Mass of the Fall Term: December 11, 2016
On hiatus unil the Spring '17 Term
Resumes: January 29, 2017

 6:30p, WCC 1010;
offered on each of the following Sundays:
January 22
February 5 & 19
March 5 & 19
April 2, 9, & 30 (April 30 = last Mass of the 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 & 22
April 19
May 3 & 17


Daily Mass:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM & 12:10 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM
Sunday: 5:00 PM, resumes on January 22, 2017

Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM

Sunday Mass: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM (UC)
5:00 PM Mass on Sunday resumes on 1/22/17

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


From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast.

- Job 37:9-10

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
  • Junior Family Weekend Mass & Reception  - Sunday, February 26, 11a, St. Paul's Church & Harvard Catholic Center
  • Mardi Gras Event - Tuesday, February 28. Details to follow
  • Easter Vigil Celebration - Saturday, April 15. Details to follow
  • Baccalaureate Mass - Sunday, May 21 (tentative). St. Paul's Church, Reception to follow

Ongoing St. Paul's Parish/Harvard Catholic Center olunteer/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.

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

Congratulations 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! 

**** NOTE: ToTus Tuesday is on hiatus and will resume on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.****

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 Univeristy
“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 Univeristy
“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. Registration TBA.

Thomistic Institute On Campus

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. Registration TBA.

Thursday, March 23 @ 6:00 PM, Harvard University
On Bl. John Henry Newman's Idea of a University (working title) by Prof. Reinhard Huetter, Catholic University of America. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Center Graduate Student Chaplaincy. Registration TBA.

Thursday, April 20 @ 6:00 PM, Harvard University
“Augustine on Politics” (working title) by Dr. Chad Pecknold, Catholic University of America. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Center Graduate 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.

**** NOTE: The Rosary Prayer Group is on hiatus and will resume during the Spring '17 Term. Watch this space.****


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@gmail.com.

(Young Professionals are welcome!)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 10:00 AM, HCC Student Lounge
The HCC Women's Fellowship group will for a potluck brunch. All graduate, postdoctoral, and young professional women are welcome!  Questions?  Email Jane Riccardi.
Contact Marisa Marotta if you would like to learn more about this group or visit their 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: desmondacr@gmail.com.
Future date(s): Febuary 16, April 6


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@gmail.com.


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

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

Oct2016 DaysAway Hiking


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

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016 - Holiday Celebration!

12:00p meetup time, McMullen Museum of Art


SATURDAY, January 21, 4:00 PM, Ice Skating @ the Frog Pond!
Come and join us for ice skating on the pond! Meetup time is at 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul's, Harvard Square then we will head over as a group via MBTA. Admission is $6.00 pp...ice skate rental is $12.00 pp (+ sales tax). Pay individually on the day of at the booth at the Frog Pond, upon arrival. Please RSVP or visit the Facebook page. Contact: Jason Yu
Future date(s):
February 11, March 25, April 22, May 20


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 - TBA

May 6 TBA

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 email jason.c.lalonde@gmail.com; click here for the reading for the next meeting on December 14.

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:

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


MARRIAGE PREP/PRE CANA PROGRAM  - Registration now open!

Engaged? Register now! The next Pre Cana program is on the following weekend: Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26. For info and to register, e-mail Nancy Nicolaou.. For marriage paperwork, contact Fr. George Salzmann or (617) 491-8400 ext. 326.


If you are interested in learning about, and volunteering in, the role of a Host Couple in the next Marriage Preparation/Pre Cana Program at St. Paul’s, please e-mail Nancy Nicolaou.


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



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.


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  

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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.