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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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Father Joe Fenton
Catholic Chaplain
Rabbi Danny Shapiro
Jewish Chaplain
Imam Adeel Zeb
Muslim Chaplain

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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.

We are excited to share our weekly Religious Life Newsletter! Each newsletter highlights the religious/spiritual news of The Claremont Colleges. In every issue we will be sharing upcoming events, student organizations, and spiritual programming.
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Spring 2021
Religious Life Newsletter No. 1 – Spring Semester Program
Religious Life Newsletter No. 2 – Claremont Muslim Life
Religious Life Newsletter No. 3 – Gifts & Small Groups
Religious Life Newsletter No. 4 – Start of the Lenten Season
Religious Life Newsletter No. 5 – Happy Purim
Religious Life Newsletter No. 6 – Happy Spring Break!
Religious Life Newsletter No. 7 – Welcome Back!
Religious Life Newsletter No. 8 – Passover
Religious Life Newsletter No. 9 – Easter & Holi

Fall 2020
Religious Life Newsletter No. 1 – Meet the Chaplains
Religious Life Newsletter No. 2 – High Holy Days
Religious Life Newsletter No. 3 – Muslim Life Program
Religious Life Newsletter No. 4 – Racial Justice
Religious Life Newsletter No. 5 – Upcoming Events
Religious Life Newsletter No. 6 – More Events
Religious Life Newsletter No. 7 – Sukkot & Halaqah Themes
Religious Life Newsletter No. 8 – Religion & Voting
Religious Life Newsletter No. 9 – Meet the Religious Affiliates
Religious Life Newsletter No. 10 – Explore the Chaplains Website
Religious Life Newsletter No. 11 -Election Support Resources
Religious Life Newsletter No. 12 – Post-Election Support
Religious Life Newsletter No. 13 – End of Semester Announcements
Religious Life Newsletter No. 14 – Final Fall Religious Life Newsletter

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 18-20, 2020Rosh HashanahJewish
September 27-28, 2020Yom KippurJewish
October 2-9, 2020SukkotJewish
November 14, 2020Diwali/DeepavaliJain/Sikh/Hindu
December 12, 2020Our Lady of GuadalupeCatholic
December 25, 2020ChristmasChristian/Catholic
SPRING SEMESTER
February 12, 2021Chinese Lunar New Year
February 17-April1, 2021Ash Wednesday/LentCatholic
February 26, 2021Magha Puja*Buddhism
March 27 – April 3, 2021PassoverJewish
March 28-29, 2021HoliHindu
April 2, 2021Good FridayChristian/Catholic
April 4, 2021EasterChristian/Catholic
April 12 – May 12, 2021RamadanIslam
April 14, 2021Vaisakhi*Sikh
May 12-13, 2021Eid al-FitrIslam
May 26, 2021Vesak*Buddhism
SUMMER
July 19-20, 2020Eid al-AdhaIslam
August 20, 2020MuharramIslam
*Dates may vary based on region and moon cycle.

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