The Chaplains serve as confidential spiritual counselors and provide ethical leadership to the seven schools of The Claremont Colleges. Located in the McAlister Center, our Chaplains include a Pastor, a Priest, a Rabbi, and an Imam. Each of the Chaplains encourages and supports all religious and spiritual student groups and communities on campus. The Chaplains are here to strengthen individual faith and promote interfaith relations by offering religious support and engagement opportunities and to foster a faith community for students as they pursue their education.

Contact the Chaplains

Phone | (909) 621-8685
Email | chaplains@claremont.edu
Hours | Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Chaplains Office
McAlister Center for Religious Activities
919 North Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

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Our Chaplains

Father Joe Fenton
Catholic Chaplain
Rev. Dr. Joel Daniels
Protestant Chaplain
Imam Dr. Hadi Qazwini
Muslim Chaplain
Rabbi Danny Lutz
Jewish Chaplain

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Are there religious services I can join?
Yes! The Chaplains host weekly Shabbat Service, Jummah Prayer, and Catholic Mass. If these services do not align with your faith, we can connect you to student organizations (Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, LDS, etc.) that host services and worship as well.

Do I have to be religious to join events or services?
No. The Chaplains support all students regardless of faith or being nonreligious. Fill free to join any service, event, or meal. At these events, there is no pressuring or recruiting. The Chaplains want you to make friends, join fun events, and grow as an individual whether that is through faith or community.

How do I meet with a Chaplain one on one?
Contact our office via email, phone, or in person and we will schedule a pastoral counseling appointment for you. Remember that these meetings will remain confidential. The Chaplains are not mandated reporters, thus anything you share will be confidential and respected.

Can I pray privately on campus?
Yes, the McAlister Center for Religious Activities has a private prayer room. You can access the prayer room anytime, no sign-in is required. In the prayer room, we have prayer rugs, worship clothing (hats, shawls, kippot), and religious texts available if needed.

Dates Holiday Religion
September 6th Janmashtami Hindu
September 11th – 18th Paryushana
Sept. 15th – 17th Rosh Hashanah Jewish
Sept. 24th – 25th Yom Kippur Jewish
Sept. 29th – Oct. 6th Sukkot Jewish
Oct. 6th – Oct 7th Shemini Atzeret Jewish
 Oct 7th – Oct 8th Simchat Torah Jewish
 Oct 9th Indigenous People Day
 Oct 16th -24th Navratri/Dussehra Hindu
 Nov. 12th Bandi Chhor Divas Sikh
 Nov. 12th Diwali Hindu
 Nov. 24th Native American Day Heritage Day
 Nov. 27th Kartik Purnima
 Nov. 27th Guru Nanak Jayanti Sikh
 Dec. 8th – 15th Hanukkah Jewish
 Dec. 12th Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic
 Dec. 25th Christmas Christian
 Jan. 1st New Year’s Day
Jan. 8th Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christian
 Jan. 17th Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Sikh
 Jan. 24th – 25th Tu B’Shvat Jewish
Feb. 10 Lunar New Year
Feb. 14th Beginning of Lent Christian Orthodox
Feb. 14th Ash Wednesday Catholic
March 8th Maha Shivaratri Hindu
March 11th Beginning of Ramadan Islamic
March 23 -24th Purim Jewish
March 25th Holi Hindu
March 29th Good Friday Christian
March 31st Easter Christian
April 6th -13th Lailat al-Qadr Islamic
April 10th Eid al-Fitr Islamic
April 13th Vaisakihi Skikh
April 17th Ramavami Hindu
April 21st Mahavir Buddhist
April 23rd – 30th Passover Jewish
May 3rd Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox
May 5th Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox

First talk to your Chaplain Advisor about swipe access. Swipe access may be granted to a student for a specific purpose.

Upon receiving approval from your Chaplain Advisor, please complete this form to request swipe access and to agree to our “Swipe Access Guidelines” and “General Meeting Room Rules” Agreement. Completing this form does not guarantee access and any violation of the policy may result in losing your card swipe access. Please be sure to get e-mail confirmation from us before you rely on getting into McAlister with your swipe access.

Note: Under normal circumstances, our spaces are available for individual students to relax and enjoy when not in use for a service or program. Please consult the event calendar for vacancies, but please note that not every event or reservation will be reflected in the calendar. Also, please be aware that set-up/take-down can make a room unavailable for as long as 48-72 hours before or after an event, especially in the case of the Lounge. You can always call us if you have a questions about availability.

Before inquiring about scheduling, please check the Chaplaincy calendar for availability.

Groups that want to request space or make a standing reservation must first be a recognized religious/spiritual organization and have completed the Religious Preference Form for the current school year. Once that has been completed, please contact your Chaplain Advisor and/or email chaplains@claremont.edu. Responses are usually sent within 48 – 72 hours. You must also agree to abide by our “General Meeting Room Rules“.

One-time reservations for groups that are not recognized religious/spiritual organization will be considered if space is available. Please contact chaplains@claremont.edu. Responses are usually sent within 48 – 72 hours.

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