Welcome to the Harvard Catholic Center!

29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-6031
Phone 617-491-8400     Fax 617-354-7092     Email info@harvardcatholic.org


The Harvard Catholic Center invites students, faculty, alumni and the greater university community to grow into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ through the Roman Catholic tradition of worship, inquiry, prayer and service to develop informed and compassionate individuals who use their intellectual and spiritual gifts for the benefit of the Church and the World.

It is hard to stereotype the people in any Harvard crowd and that is certainly true at the Harvard Catholic Center.  Some students come by for Sunday Eucharist, while others get absorbed with projects and friendships that last for years.  Still, all are bound by a common faith in Christ.  For Catholic students, Harvard is as much a pilgrimage of the heart and soul as it is a challenge for strong minds.

Over the years, thousands of women and men have brought a rich tradition of Catholic life to the University.  As a ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston and St. Paul Parish in Harvard Square, the Center keeps this tradition alive and flourishing on campus.  This is reflected in the Center's mission statement:

Fr. George Salzmann with graduate students and young professionals at their spring retreat at Glastonbury Abbey. Held over Divine Mercy Sunday weekend, the retreat's theme was on mercy and spiritual friendship. Activities included attending Mass with the Benedictine monks and joining them for the Divine Office, student-led talks, small group discussions, Adoration, Confession, and socials.

 Student Center Sign

Harvard Catholic Center Publications

'30 By 30'
Matching Gift Challenge!

We are delighted to share that the '30 By 30' Matching Gift Challenge was a great success thanks to you. The challenge, made possible by Dan Moore '83 and his wife, Grace, capped off another record amount raised for the Harvard Catholic Center. We are truly grateful to the many thoughtful donors who contributed to the growth of the Annual Fund (ending June 30, 2016) AND to the brilliant renovation of the Student Lounge.

Only through support from students, parents, alumni/ae, and friends is the Harvard Catholic Center able to sustain its mission of worship, inquiry, prayer, and service; all in the name of Jesu
Christ.  Thank you!

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Annual Report 2015

Latin Oratory at 2015 Commencement

Mass of the Holy Spirit Gallery

Harvard Catholic Magazine

Student Lounge Renewal Project
"Let us rise up and build." - Nehemiah 2:17-18


Resumes on Sunday, Aug.28 @ 5P, St. Paul's Church;
offered each Sunday during the fall semester.

Resumes on Sunday, Aug.28 @ 8P, HBS Chapel;
offered each Sunday during the fall semester.

Resumes on Sunday, Sep.4 @ 6:30p, WCC 1010;
offered on each of the following Sundays:

September 4
(Sep.4 = first Sunday, before classes begin)
September 18
October 2
October 16
October 30
November 13
November 27
December 11
(Dec.11 = last Mass of the calendar year)


Please take note of the following changes to the "Summer Chapel" schedule; valid from Saturday, July 2 through Sunday, August 28 (subject to change).

DGH = DiGiovanni Hall
UC = Upper Church

Daily Mass:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM & 12:10 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM
(All DGH)

Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM

Sunday Mass: 7:30 AM (DGH); 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM (UC)

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: First Friday after the 8:00AM Mass until noon; starting on September 2, every Friday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
~ or by appointment.

Click to visit St. Paul Parish website for more details.

HARVARD   CATHOLIC   CENTER  -  NEWS  &  EVENTS  -  Summer/Fall 2016

Welcome to all new and returning students.
May a blessed and rewarding academic year be yours!

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” - Colossians 3:23-24


Friday, September 2, 2016 - Undergraduate Student Activities Fair, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm., Radcliffe Quad (Hilles)

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Thomistic Institute at Harvard University

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Oktoberfest, St. Paul Church

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - Installation Mass for Fr. William T. Kelly, Pastor and Senior Chaplain at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Church.

MASS of the HOLY SPIRIT 2016

The Harvard Catholic Center and St. Paul's Choir School invite you to celebrate and to bless the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

Sunday, September 11
St. Paul Church @ 11:00 AM
The Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, Principal Celebrant and Homilist
Reception immediately following in DiGiovanni Hall

Please join us on Saturday, Septebmer 10 @ 3:00 PM when Archbishop Gomez will offer a lecture, Immigration, National Identity, and Catholic Conscience, St. Paul Parish, DiGiovanni Hall.

For Priests and Academics Attending the Mass of the Holy Spirit - Priests are aksed to please bring an alb and the Boston Chasuble and Stole for the procession. Academics are encouraged to bring academic regalia without mortar board but are welcome to process without regalia as well. Please assemble by 10:30 AM in the Harvard Catholic Student Center, 20 Arrow Street. The Entrance Procession will begin from there.

 Click here for a pdf invitation to the Mass of the Holy Spirit 2016.

Welcome Weekend Fall 2016

Saturday, September 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Student Lounge
Join us for lunch, small discussion groups, and Archbishop Gomez' talk, Immigration, National Identity, and Catholic Conscience.

Sunday, September 11, 11:00 AM - St. Paul's Church
Mass of the Holy Spirit followed by a reception in DiGiovanni Hall.

This event is free and open to all graduate students, post docs, and young professionals. Registration is recommended; if you have questions please contact Josh Shutter or Fr. George Salzmann. Click here for an event flyer.

"Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality."  - Romans 12:13

We are seeking greeters to welcome newcomers at Sunday Masses. Please consider putting your "meet-and-greet" skills in service by volunteering over the next few weeks.  Email Elizabeth Cho directly or sign-up here.  Thank you!

Did you know that the Harvard Catholic Center sends out a weekly e-bulletin of events, liturgies, discussion groups, volunteer opportunities, and more?  Sign up through info@harvardcatholic.org and thank you for staying connected.

"For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts." - Malachi 2:7

Father Mark Murphy, Undergraduate Chaplain, and Andrew Solkshinitz, St. John Seminarian, celebrated Mass before countless CatholicTV viewers  on Friday, June 10 at the chapel of CatholicTV studios in Watertown, MA.  Please consider sharing throughout our community and with your networks. Thank you.

If you do not yet know Father Mark Murphy, you can 'meet' him via this short video clip hosted by the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust. Just click-on Father Murphy's picture below and then hit the <play> button.



Thursday, September 29 and Thursday, November 3, 8:00 PM
Multimedia Room and Student Lounge

Graduate students and young professionals are invited to join this discussion group over food and wine on how best to live out our Catholic faith in the world. Contact mariadevlin@fas.harvard.edu or alex.angstrom@gmail.com.



EVERY SUNDAY AT 10:30 AM (after 9:30 AM Mass)
St. Paul Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street

Join the GSAS CSA for brunch every Sunday following the 9:30 AM Mass. Gather and meet in the vestibule after Mass and head over to Zoe's together.



EVERY SUNDAY at 12:15 PM (after 11:00 AM Mass)
Harvard Catholic Center, Rm 204 (Enter at 20 Arrow Street or at 29 Mount Auburn Street)

Grad students and young professionals gather each Sunday as a small church community to read and reflect on the Sunday readings and to share and pray about finding God in everyday life. E-mail: alex.angstrom@gmail.com.

NOTE: Verbum Dei will begin at 12:15 PM (instead of 12:30 PM) thoughout the
summer session to accommodate the shorter 11 AM Mass duration.
Verbum Dei will NOT meet on Sunday, September 11.
It will resume its 12:30 PM start time on Sunday, September 18.


TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016 - Evening Away at Fenway Park!
This event is ** SOLD OUT**.  Thanks to all who signed up to enjoy 'Catholic Night' at Fenway Park and to cheer on the Boston Red Sox as they face the San Francisco Giants. Go Sox!
NOTE: If you can only 'catch' the game on tv, radio, or a device...Cardinal Seán O'Malley will be honored during a pre-game ceremony, and our own St. Paul's Choir will be singing the National Anthem.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016 - Evening 'Nearby' at the Theater!
7:00 pm,  Theatre@First, Somerville, MA

Our very own Film Night host, Aaron Caballero, is performing a lead role in Theatre@First's production of Thomas Kyd's "The Spanish Tragedy". Plan to arrive at Nathan Tufts Park in Somerville (College Ave. & Broadway) @ 6:45p – we will gather at the old turret just off of Powderhouse Terrace and walk to the performance area from there. If anyone lives near Harvard and needs a ride, please email Alex Angstrom alex.angstrom@gmail.com. Break a leg, Aaron!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 - Apple Picking!
10:30 am meetup time,  Carver Hill Orchard, Stow, MA
Come...welcome the beginning of the fall semester with other grad students, post docs, and young professionals. We will meet at St. Paul Parish at 10:30 am, split into vehicles, and drive out to Carver Hill Orchard in Stow (~45 mins west of Boston). Please bring $10-25 for apple picking, cider donuts, and anything else you may want from the farm stand. Eat a hearty breakfast! We should return to Harvard Sq. shortly after 2:00pm. Please RSVP here.




Dates for Summer/Fall 2016:

THURSDAY, June 16, DiGiovanni Hall

THURSDAY, July 21, Student Lounge

THURSDAY, August 25, Student Lounge

THURSDAY, September 15,
DiGiovanni Hall

THURSDAY, October 20, Student Lounge and adjacent rooms

THURSDAY, November 17, DiGiovanni Hall

Gather at 7:00 p.m - Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
29 Mount Auburn Street
No need to RSVP - just bring $5 and yourself and enjoy a pasta dinner!

HCC FILM NIGHT for Graduate Students, Post Docs, and Early Career Professionals

LAST FRIDAY of the MONTH, 7:00 PM, Student Lounge

April 29 -
Babette's Feast (1987, Denmark; Pope Francis' favorite film)

May 27  - Of Gods and Men (2010, France)

June 24 - El Bano del Papa (2007, Uruguay)

July 29 - The Bicycle Thief (1948, Italy)

August 26 - A Man For All Seasons (1966, UK)

September 30 - Ikiru

October 28 - Tree of Life

December 2 - The Island

January 27 - The Intouchables

February 24 - Desire of the Everlasting Hills Dropbox (documentary night)

March 31 - Wild Strawberries

HCC Film Night will be held at 7 pm on the last Friday of every month (except for November/December '16) in the newly renovated Student Lounge. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Contact: hccfilmnight@gmail.com



Wednesday, September 7, 21, October 5
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
HCC Multimedia Room
(enter at 20 Arrow Street or 29 Mount Auburn Street)

Graduate students and young professionals are invited to join the theological discussion group, Lumen Veritatis. We engage in a close reading and discussion of texts by outstanding Catholic teachers, such as Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Ratzinger, Blessed John Henry Newman, and Josef Pieper. For more information and to receive the text for the first meeting, please email: jason.c.lalonde@gmail.com.
Future dates: More dates will be scheduled in September, 2016

EX LIBRIS: The Lives and Writings of the Saints


7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
HCC Student Lounge (enter at 20 Arrow Street or 29 Mount Auburn Street)

Dates for Summer/Fall 2016:

June 8  -  Excerpt of  Story of a Soul:The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

July 13 -  Excerpt of St. Teresa of Avila’s The Interior Castle

August 10 -  Excerpts of Bl. Mother Teresa's Come Be My Light

September 14 = TBA

October 12 = TBA

November 9 = TBA

Join us for an informal discussion of works about and/or by the saints. You are warmly welcome even if you aren't able to read the excerpts ahead of time. Past readings have included portions of Come Be My Light by Bl. Mother Teresa and Story of a Soul by St. Terese of Lisieux. Future readings may include portions of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises and/or Salvifici Doloris by Pope St. John Paul II.

For information, email Elizabeth Choe: elizabeth.y.choe@gmail.com 

The Harvard Catholic Law Students Association invites you to visit its website and check out its Facebook page for all the Catholic goings-on at HLS.  Contact Patricia Alejandro '17 if you have any questions, need more information, etc.


Engaged? Register now! The next Pre Cana class is on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016. For info and to register, e-mail Nancy Nicolaou at nnicol@stpaulparish.org. For marriage paperwork, contact Fr. George Salzmann at gsalzmann@gmail.com or (617) 491-8400 ext. 326.




TBD at 6:30 PM
Location: TBD, 29 Mount Auburn Street

Engaged? Married? New Family? Come join us for a potluck dinner! Join the e-mail list: StPaulYoungCouples@googlegroups.com
Future dates: TBD


Anyone seeking to become Catholic, please contact Fr. George Salzmann, gsalzmann@gmail.com or call 617.491.8400.



For info contact Fr. Salzmann at gsalzmann@gmail.com.



St. Paul's Church at 8:00 PM

Join us on Tuesdays during the academic year from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Totus Tuesday in St. Paul's Church. During holy hour there is Eucharistic adoration, benediction, confession, meditation and music. Following the holy hour is Super Tuesday at 9:00 PM. Join us in the student lounge at the Catholic Center for snacks and conversation.

This series will resume in the fall of 2016.


Would you like to have your dorm room blessed by one of the priest chaplains? Contact Fr. Mark Murphy, Undergraduate chaplain at: harvardpriest@gmail.com or at (617) 491-8400, ext. 341.

"The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." - Proverbs 16:9

This year, the international World Youth Day celebration took place during the week of July 25-31 in Krakow, Poland. International and domestic World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations are deemed important for 3 reasons:
  • Celebrating and putting trust in the young
  • Making pilgrimage
  • Encountering the Catholic community
This year two members of the HCC community made a pilgrimage to Poland to participate in WYD 2016. Thank you for keeping Federica Wade, FOCUS Team Director, and Nick Colon '19, rising sophomore, in your thoughts and prayers.

p.s. Visit the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' FAQ page for a great introduction to World Youth Day.


Many thanks to all of the graduates, their families and friends, faculty, staff, parishioners, and our chaplains, Father Mark Murphy and Father George Salzmann who attended this special Mass and reception.
Peace and blessings!


Four catechumens from the Harvard Catholic Center/St. Paul Parish and nine candidates for full initiation in the Church attended the "Rite of Election recently at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Catechumens are those who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. Candidates are those who have been baptized in a Christian church already, and will be confirmed in the Catholic faith at the Vigil on March 26th at St. Paul Church. Many of the catechumens and candidates are Harvard students from just about every graduate school: the business school, law school, Kennedy school and the school of education.
Click the following for more information on the "Rite of Election from the Archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot: http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?ID=175846


The Harvard Catholic Center's 'Theology by the Pint' series welcomed Fr. Bill Murphy in February for a talk entitled  Finding the Mercy of God in Everyday Life at Harvard: A Conversation. Fr. Murphy is the spiritual director of Saint Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass, and the past undergrad chaplain at Harvard.



Graduate Students and Young Professionals





CSA Class of 2011

The undergraduate group is known on campus as the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association, more familiarly as the CSA.  Picnics, prayer, discussions, spaghetti suppers and late night study breaks - the CSA combines spiritual and intellectual seriousness with the warmth of community, good fun, and service to people in need in the Harvard Square community and beyond.

The CSA provides a wealth of opportunities to undergraduates: retreats, communal prayer and small groups; discussions of contemporary religious and moral issues; and special liturgical events through the year.  Students volunteer in soup kitchens, schools, shelters for the homeless and tutoring programs for inner city youth.  Within St. Paul Parish, they teach CCD and serve as liturgical ministers.
There are many ways for the students at Harvard's various graduate and professional schools to become involved in Catholic life in Harvard Square.  Many offer weekly discussion groups or Bible studies, and the Law and Business Schools even offer Mass on their respective campuses.

Area young professionals are invited to participate in the programming offered at the Center as well.  Some of the most popular events that bring together graduate students and young professionals include monthly Thursday dinners and the Theology on Tap ministry.  There is even a group geared towards newlyweds and new parents called Young Couples and New Families: A Work in Progress.

CLSA Pro-Life Breakfast Photo
DC Event in April

We love the opportunity to meet our alumni and alumnae and encourage you to stop by for a visit whenever you find yourself in Harvard Square.

We also hope you will consider joining us at one of our regular liturgies, celebrated next door to the Harvard Catholic Center in St. Paul's Church.  Our summer Mass schedule is below:

Saturday at 5pm
Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am & 11:00am
Daily at 8:00am & 12:10pm

We host special events for our alums throughout the year, both here at the Center and around the country.  For information about past and upcoming HCC alumni events, please visit the link below.
A staff of chaplains and administrators provides year-to-year continuity and support to the programming that takes place at the Harvard Catholic Center.

The Center is currently headed up by Senior Chaplain Fr. William Kelly,  Graduate Chaplain Fr. George Salzmann, and Undergraduate Chaplain Fr. Mark Murphy. The chaplains are available for counseling and spiritual direction. Appointments help, but you are always welcome to stop in! To learn more about these dedicated individuals, please visit the link below.

Doug Zack, Director of Advancement and Carol Sardo, Advancement Associate round out the Harvard Catholic Center staff.

l-r:  Fr.Kelly, S.Spielberg, Fr.Murphy
2016 Commencement Spielberg

 Visit the Site for the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association  

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 '30 By 30'
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Now through June 30, 2016 your new or increased gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $30,000 through the generous support of a Harvard Catholic alum, Class of 1983.
The Center is located at 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The Center is open daily as well as on many evenings and weekends during the academic year when students are hosting events.  If you are coming by to visit during regular business hours Monday-Friday, please ring the bell at the 29 Mount Auburn Street entrance.  Use the interactive map at right for detailed directions. The Harvard Catholic Center receives no financial support from the University.  It is funded entirely through the generosity of students, their parents, interested alumni/ae, and friends.  Please consider making a donation today.