Spiritual Life

As a Stonehill student, you’ll find many opportunities to express and nurture your faith. We welcome students of all religious traditions, and we seek to foster a culture where differences – and commonalities – are openly shared.

As a Catholic institution in the Holy Cross tradition, our goal is to provide a place for robust conversations about the things that matter most to us.

When Blessed Father Basil Moreau founded the Congregation of Holy Cross, his educational philosophy centered on instilling in students the competence to see and the courage to act. Our programs are anchored by the moral imperative that compels us to live peacefully in a global community, and our students are encouraged to grow spiritually, challenge injustice and promote peace.

Celebration & Worship

Masses

All members of the Stonehill community are welcome and encouraged to gather for worship. Masses are celebrated on campus throughout the week in the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Chapel of Mary and in residence hall chapels. Campus Ministry provides information about local religious services in other faith traditions for those students who are interested.

Retreats

If you’re looking for a great way to spend a weekend away from Stonehill, a Campus Ministry retreat might be perfect for you. Retreats are the perfect opportunity to deepen your faith, spirituality and sense of community. You’ll get to know other students on a new level, and you’ll learn a lot about yourself.

Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir consists of talented singers and instrumentalists who give their time and gifts in exchange for growth and experience. In addition to providing sacred music for liturgical celebrations at Stonehill, the Chapel Choir performs at many major events on campus and, at times, internationally through tours within Europe.

Sacremental Preparation

Students wishing to pursue preparation for the sacrements of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation and Marriage can do so through programs offered within Campus Ministry.

Liturgical Ministers

Liturgical ministry is a great way to get involved with spiritual life on campus as a lector, server, sacristan, minister of communion, or minister of hospitality. You’ll have the opportunity to assist with the Sunday Eucharist, Mass of the Holy Spirit, Baccalaureate Mass and other worship services throughout the year.

Spiritual Direction

Everyone needs guidance from time to time. If you need someone to talk to during your time at Stonehill, you won’t have to look very far.

Hall Chaplains

Hall Chaplains are Holy Cross priests and brothers who live among the Stonehill student community. They provide a ministry of presence and offer pastoral counseling and spiritual programming in the residence halls.

Campus Ministers

In addition to the Holy Cross religious on campus, other Campus Ministers are available to meet with students to discuss personal growth, spiritual direction and any other personal topic. Campus Ministers also serve the Stonehill community as lectors, communion ministers, servers, ministers of hospitality, and cantors for Sunday worship and special liturgical services during the school year.

Student Ministers

Moreau Student Ministers live among their peers in most residence halls on campus. Named for Blessed Father Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Moreau tudent Ministers support the student body by creating a welcoming environment, strengthening faith groups, and serving as a conduit to spiritual resources on campus.

Service & Outreach

The idea of making the world a better place is ingrained in the Holy Cross tradition and an intrinsic element of the Stonehill experience. Each year, our students provide more than 40,000 hours of community service. Making things happen, hands-on, fosters the kind of growth you cannot experience anywhere else.

Into the Streets

Into the Streets invites students to extend themselves beyond the boundaries of our campus. Our largest volunteer initiative, this student-led program engages in meaningful community service with more than 35 local agencies.

H.O.P.E. Alternative Spring Break

Our alternative spring break program, H.O.P.E., offers students the opportunity to travel to various domestic and international sites to engage in an immersive week of community service and cross-cultural exchange.