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Christian Life

Christian Life at the University of Richmond offers students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to integrate their faith commitments with their experiences in the campus community. Our programs and services are intentionally welcoming in nature and draw upon the broad Christian tradition. 

On-Campus Worship
Three services are held on a weekly basis during the academic year.  

Catholic Mass is held at 5 p.m. on Sundays in the Chapel. Visiting priests preside, and students direct the music and serve as lectors, ushers, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is generally available before and after Mass. While we are in the Red Stage of the Physical Distancing Framework, Catholic liturgy is held online. When we return to the Orange Stage, Mass will be held in person at 5 p.m. on Sundays in the Queally Admission Center Courtyard tent. For additional information, please contact Deacon Tom Mullen, Catholic Chaplain.

Kairos Contemplative Christian Service is held from 8-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Chapel. This 30-minute weekly service offers students an opportunity to pause and reflect on life's deepest questions. Each service focuses on a theme and question that help students to consider their lives and their relationship to the world around them in light of their faith. Led by members of the Chaplaincy staff and students who serve on the Kairos Leadership Team, the service includes scripture, hymns, contemporary music, prayer and candle lighting. Kairos services are typically held in the choir loft of Cannon Memorial Chapel. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the services are primarily being held online in order to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. For a link to access Kairos services, please contact Associate Chaplain Bryn Taylor.  

Mid-day prayer is held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Chapel. This 15-minute service includes scripture readings for meditation, opportunities to share a concern on your heart, and a brief time of silence. It is a quiet, peaceful, and reflective way to pause midday and center oneself. Midday prayer is typically held in the choir loft of the Chapel, but during the 2020-2021 academic year, we have been gathering online in order to maintain safe physical distance and protect the health of our community. To be added to the email list and receive the weekly bulletin and Zoom link, please contact Associate Chaplain Bryn Taylor.

The Chaplaincy also leads services in observance of the major holidays in the Christian year. The fall semester features the annual Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols in partnership with the Department of Music. Spring semester includes services for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Palm Sunday Mass, an Easter Sunrise Service, and Easter Mass.

Flamming Program
The Flamming program provides opportunities and resources for students to grow deeper in their faith and to prepare for lives of faith, leadership, and service. The program features discernment groups and funding for summer internship opportunities.

Pilgrimage Program
In the past, the Chaplaincy has hosted pilgrimages to the Taizé community in France and led walking pilgrimages along St. Cuthbert's Way in the United Kingdom and the Camino de Santiago in Spain. 

Campus Ministries
The Chaplaincy also works in partnership with 11 Christian campus ministries that represent a variety of denominations. Each of these ministries is facilitated by a campus minister who serves full-time at UR, in a local congregation, or in the local chapter of a national Christian organization.