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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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Chaplains

At The Claremont Colleges, Chaplains serve as confidential spiritual counselors, emotional leaders, and provide ethical leadership to the campus community at large. There are four Chaplains onsite, a Rabbi, Imam, Catholic Priest, and Protestant Minister. Though each Chaplain holds a specific faith, they encourage and support all religious and spiritual student groups and communities on campus. It is the goal of the Chaplains to strengthen individual faith and promote interfaith relations. The Chaplains offer religious support, engagement opportunities, and foster a faith community for students as they pursue their education.

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Our Chaplains

Father Joe Fenton
Catholic Chaplain
Visit Father Joe Fenton’s Page
Rabbi Danny Shapiro
Jewish Chaplain
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Imam Adeel Zeb
Muslim Chaplain
Visit Imam Adeel Zeb’s Page

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Chaplain Information

At The Claremont Colleges, Chaplains serve as confidential spiritual counselors, emotional leaders, and provide ethical leadership to the campus community at large. There are four Chaplains onsite, a Rabbi, Imam, Catholic Priest, and Protestant Minister. Though each Chaplain holds a specific faith, they encourage and support all religious and spiritual student groups and communities on campus. It is the goal of the Chaplains to strengthen individual faith and promote interfaith relations. The Chaplains offer religious support, engagement opportunities, and foster a faith community for students as they pursue their education.

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 required. In the prayer room, we have prayers rugs, worship clothing (hats, shawls, kippot), and religious texts available if needed.

Date Holiday Religion
FALL SEMESTER
September 18-20, 2020 Rosh Hashanah Jewish
September 27-28, 2020 Yom Kippur Jewish
October 2-9, 2020 Sukkot Jewish
November 14, 2020 Diwali/Deepavali Jain/Sikh/Hindu
December 12, 2020 Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic
December 25, 2020 Christmas Christian/Catholic
SPRING SEMESTER
February 12, 2021 Chinese Lunar New Year
February 17-April1, 2021 Ash Wednesday/Lent Catholic
February 26, 2021 Magha Puja* Buddhism
March 27 – April 3, 2021 Passover Jewish
March 28-29, 2021 Holi Hindu
April 2, 2021 Good Friday Christian/Catholic
April 4, 2021 Easter Christian/Catholic
April 12 – May 12, 2021 Ramadan Islam
April 14, 2021 Vaisakhi* Sikh
May 12-13, 2021 Eid al-Fitr Islam
May 26, 2021 Vesak* Buddhism
SUMMER
July 19-20, 2020 Eid al-Adha Islam
August 20, 2020 Muharram Islam
*Dates may vary based on region and moon cycle.

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Upcoming Events

Wed 28

Zen Meditation

October 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Thu 29

Hanging with the Chaplains

October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 29

Halaqah

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm