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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.

Kairos 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. 

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.

The Chaplaincy also leads services in observance of the major holidays in the Christian year. These services include the annual Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols in partnership with the Department of Music, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday services, 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.