Spiritual Life

The University's commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus extends to all religious faiths with spiritual life viewed as an integral part of a student's holistic development. For those from a specific faith tradition or for those in spiritual, ethical, and philosophical exploration, growth can occur both as an individual and within community. RWU encourages multi-faith learning and dialogues, service experiences, community building, and justice seeking within campus life and beyond.

Student Faith Groups and opportunities for campus worship

Faculty and staff advisors work with student groups to support community, student faith, and religious, spiritual, and moral/ethical explorations. For more information on any of these student groups contact the Student Programs, Leadership, and Orientation office at 401-254-3088.Spiritual Life Students

  • HILLEL (JEWISH COMMUNITY): Gathers for Shabbats on one or two Fridays per month at 6:00 p.m., various locations on campus. Contact Jason Patch, RWU Hillel Faculty Advisor, jpatch@rwu.edu or Facebook "Roger Williams University Hillel"

  • CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTRY: Gathers for Mass on Sundays at 6:00 p.m., Mary Teft White Center, University Library. Contact Madge Thombs, Catholic Campus Ministry Faculty Advisor, mthombs@rwu.edu or Facebook "RWU Catholic Campus Ministry"

  • CHRISTIAN STUDENT FELLOWSHIP: Gathers on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., GHH First Floor, a nondenominational Christian group focused on Christian formation, prayer, and Bible study. CSF has traveled to sites in the US and Caribbean that needed help rebuilding after catastrophic hurricanes. This spring break they went to Puerto Rico. Contact Shane Carvalho, CSF Chaplain from Mt. Hope Church, Bristol, scarvalho1024@gmail.com

  • MUSLIM STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION: Gathers for daily prayers, Prayer Room, Intercultural Center. Contact Cassidy Hammond, chammond@rwu.edu

  • ZEN BUDDHIST MEDITATION: Gathers on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m., Prayer Room, Intercultural Center. Contact Andy Costanzo, Staff Leader, acostanzo@rwu.eduSpiritual Life Students

  • Prayer and Meditation Room in the Intercultural Center, which is available to all students. Religious and prayer services convene in locales across the campus.

  • Sunday Catholic Mass at 6:00 p.m. in the University Library's Mary Teft White Center (first floor).

Places of Worship

(This is not a comprehensive list but a guide to some of the closest locations).

Transportation: Churches in Bristol, Middletown, or Newport can be reached via RWU Shuttles or RIPTA 60 Bus

Baptist
First Baptist Church of Bristol
250 High St., Bristol, RI

Community Baptist Church
50 Dr. Marcus F Wheatland Blvd, Newport, RI

United Baptist Church
30 Springs St, Newport, RI

Barrington Baptist Church
25 Old Country Road, Barrington, RI

Catholic
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish
141 State St., Bristol, RI

St. Elizabeth's Church
577 Wood St., Bristol, RI

St. Mary's Church of Bristol
330 Wood St., Bristol, RI

St. Mary of the Bay
645 Main St., Warren, RI

Holy Angels Church
941 Maple Ave., Barrington, RI

Christian
Mt. Hope Christian Fellowship
Colt School Auditorium, 574 Hope St., Bristol, RI

Cross Point Church
7 Central St., Newport, RI

Congregational
First Congregational Church
281 High St., Bristol, RI

Episcopal
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
399 Hope St., Bristol, RI

St. John's Episcopal Church
191 County Rd., Barrington, RI

Methodist
Portsmouth United Methodist Church
2732 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI

Barrington United Methodist Church
230 Washington Rd., Barrington, RI

Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church of Newport
4 Everett St., Newport, RI

Jewish
United Brothers Synagogue
205 High St., Bristol, RI

Temple Shalom
Rabbi Marc Jagolinzer - RWU Chaplain
223 Valley Rd., Middletown, RI

Muslim
Masjid Al-Kareem (Islamic Center of RI)
39 Haskins St., Providence, RI

Masjid Zumaratul Jannat
801 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI

Brown-RISD Muslim Community
Brown Muslims Students' Center
018 Champlin Hall, Brown University, Providence, RI

Unitarian
Channing Memorial Church
135 Pelman St., Newport, RI