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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 Protestant Pastor, Catholic Priest, Rabbi, and Muslim Chaplain. 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.

Our Chaplains

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Father Joe Fenton
Catholic Chaplain
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Rabbi Hannah Elkin
Jewish Chaplain
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Rev. Dr. Joel Daniels
Protestant Chaplain
Shaila Andrabi
Coordinator of Muslim Life

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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.

DateHolidayReligion
FALL SEMESTER
September 25-27, 2022Rosh HashanahJewish
October 4-5, 2022Yom KippurJewish
October 9-16, 2022SukkotJewish
October 16-17, 2022Shemini AtzeretJewish
October 17-18, 2022Simchat TorahJewish
December 8, 2022The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin MaryCatholic
December 18-16, 2022HanukkahJewish
December 25, 2022ChristmasChristian/Catholic
SPRING SEMESTER
February 22, 2023Ash WednesdayCatholic
March 6-7, 2023PurimJewish
March 22nd – April 21RamadanIslam
April 5-13, 2023PassoverJewish
April 6, 2023Holy ThursdayCatholic
April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic/ Christian
April 9, 2023EasterCatholic/ Christian
April 22, 2023Eid al-FitrIslam
May 25-26, 2023ShavuotJewish
SUMMER 
June 29, 2023Eid al-AdhaIslam

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