Spiritual Life

Student Involvement & Leadership recognizes the importance of religious and spiritual development, especially throughout one’s career as a student. We extend a warm welcome to students of all faiths, and provide a supportive venue for guiding students in their personal quest for spiritual meaning.

On-campus Resources

Our office exists as a resource for students, faculty and staff of all faiths. We are generally open from Monday-Friday when school is in session. Contact us at 401-598-1830, or stop by our office on the 3rd floor of the Citizens Bank Center for Student Involvement (CBCSI).

Catholic: The Newman Club is a student organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting the Christian-Catholic tradition in the JWU community through community service and fellowship. You can also participate in an annual retreat. Consult the JWU Involvement Network to learn how you can get involved.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence offers daily masses and programs that are open to JWU students, including Young Adult Catholics, at locations throughout the state. Contact us if you’d like to be connected to a student who is traveling to a church or program.

Protestant: Christian Student Fellowship is a student organization dedicated to faith, fun and friendship. The group organizes all kinds of events, including Tuesday night worship, group Bible studies, summer mission opportunities and off-campus retreats. Check the JWU Involvement Network to learn more or call our office for a schedule.

Several churches in the Providence area offer Protestant services. Contact the campus protestant minister if you would like to connect with a student who is traveling to a church.

Jewish: JWU Hillel is a religious, socio-cultural and political group for Jewish students on campus, providing an opportunity for Jewish students to connect with one another, share cultural experiences and discuss Jewish and Israeli issues.Consult the JWU Involvement Network to learn how you can get involved.

JWU students are also welcome to join Brown and RISD’s inter-campus Hillel, which offers lectures, programs and discussions for Providence’s college-age Jewish community.

Prayer and Meditation Spaces

Located on our Downcity Campus, the university’s chapel can be accessed through the front entrance of Xavier Hall. This beautiful sanctuary is used for university religious services and special occasions.

The Harborside Campus’ prayer and meditation room is available for students, faculty and staff to spend time in personal reflection, meditation and prayer. This quiet space is located on the second floor of the Friedman Center and is open from 8:30am-9:30pm.

Starting Religious-themed Clubs

If you’re interested in starting a new religious organization on campus, follow the steps listed in the Clubs and Organizations Handbook (669K PDF).

Local Places of Worship Guide

Looking for a place to reflect? View a select list of off-campus places of worship (18K PDF) in the greater Providence area, including Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and other major denominations.

Contact Us

CBCSI, 3rd floor
232 Weybosset Street Providence, RI 02903
Main phone: 401-598-1830

Elizabeth Zmarlicki
Associate Director for Student Involvement & Leadership