Syracuse UniversityHendricks Chapel



Hendricks Chapel hosts 10 chaplaincies across five world religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Paganism. Chaplaincies nurture the spiritual/ethical lives of students, faculty, and staff, and help them learn to listen to those who believe differently.

All chaplaincies are sponsored by national or regional religious associations.

While each chaplaincy serves a particular faith constituency, the Chaplains work together as part of the Chaplains’ Council on issues of interfaith engagement, student welfare, and spiritual programming.

All chaplains support and live out the Hendricks Chapel Ethical Framework that calls upon each chaplaincy and religious group to honor the religious freedom, human dignity, conscience, personal spiritual welfare, and the religious tradition of every person to whom they minister.

For more information, visit the Chaplains’ Suite located on the lower level of Hendricks Chapel (Room 005). Each chaplaincy has an office located in the suite. 
Contact the student desk in the Chaplain's Suite at 315-443-5171.


Baptist Campus Ministry

A Ministry of Southern Baptists and the Baptist Convention of New York.

The students of Baptist Campus Ministry desire to glorify Jesus Christ through worship and to serve others through a variety of ministries. We seek to develop relationships through numerous weekend activities such as trips, fellowships, and service projects.

Everyone is welcome to join us.


Devon Bartholome

Devon Bartholomew, Baptist Chaplain
716.983.7786 (Cell)

Rev. Santiago

Rev. Jonathan Santiago, Associate Chaplain
787.479.1981 (Cell)

Connect with Baptist Campus Ministries on Facebook.

Sunday Worship:
Hendricks Chapel, Main Chapel – 11 a.m.

Tuesday Night Bible Study:
Hendricks Chapel – Noble Room – 8 p.m.

Give to the Baptist Campus Ministry.

Buddhist Campus Ministry

The Buddhist Campus Ministry is sponsored by the Zen Center of Syracuse through a grant from the ProMindful Foundation.

On-campus weekly meditation, including additional sittings and classes offered during the academic year. For information, contact Jikyo Bonnie Shoultz.


Jikyo Bonnie Shoultz, Chaplain
315.492.6341; Call for an appointment

Zen Center of Syracuse
266 W. Seneca Tnpk., Syracuse, NY 13207

Hendricks Chapel (Small Chapel, located at the lower level of Hendricks)

Spring 2018 Schedule for Meditation:

  • Monday, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. AND 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fridays, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Student Buddhist Association and the Zen Center of Syracuse.
No experience necessary, all faith traditions welcome.

Give to the Buddhist Campus Ministry.

Evangelical Christian Ministries

Nondenominational, Multicultural/Multinational Christ-Centered, Biblical Christian Services and Fellowship

Though we have a focus on international students regardless of their faith, we welcome and have many non-international students join us as well.

The love of Christ moves us to serve others in love.”

Jay Koshy

Jay Koshy

Evangelical Christian Chaplain


Susi Koshy

Suresh Thiagarajan

David & Lorrie McKeon

Campus Activities:

Weekly Thursday Friendship Luncheons
Thursdays, Noon to 1 p.m., Noble Room (located in the lower level of Hendricks Chapel)

International Student Bible Study:

Fridays, 7 p.m. (weekly)
860 Ostrom Avenue (located near Shaw Hall and the Women's Building)

Sunday Worship:

Here are some of the many Evangelical Christian Churches in the local area with Sunday worship:

International Assembly
Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.
4274 Lafayette Road
Jamesville, NY  13078
Transportation from campus can be arranged by calling 315-492-0861

Trinity Fellowship
Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m.
Meets at St. Vincent de Paul School
Winton Street at Burnet Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13203
Rides can be arranged

Office Hours:
Counseling and other spiritual help by appointment.
"The Love of Christ moves us to serve others in love."

Give to the Evangelical Christian Ministries.

Historically Black Church

A collaborative ministry with the traditionally African American churches of Syracuse.



Rev. Pedro A. Castro, Jr., Chaplain
315.247.3477 (Cell)

Rev. Stephanie D. Castro, Associate Chaplain
315.744.6199 (Cell)

The Historically Black Church Chaplaincy (HBCC) cordially invites you to share in a powerful contemporary worship experience that remains committed to genuinely connecting with every student without judgement.  Searching for something real?  Experience HBCC on Wednesdays from 7:45 PM - 10:00 PM in the Noble Room. 
Great music, Inspiring discussions, great food, and fellowship!

Give to the Historically Black Church.

Islamic Chaplaincy at Syracuse University

The office of Muslim Student Life at Syracuse University is about support for Muslim students, faculty, and staff in all religious and spiritual needs for development and growth.  It is about accommodation, openness, and understanding - not judgement or restriction.  It aims at improving understanding and representation of Muslim cultures and communities here in the US and around the world through sharing our universal values with people of faith and no faith.



Amir Duric, Chaplain




Muhammad Ibrahim Malik, Assistant Chaplain


For appointment and programming information contact 315.443.5521.

Muslim Students Association (MSA):

  • Social and cultural events celebrating our diversity
  • Discussion on challenges and opportunities facing Muslim students
  • Daily and Juma'h prayers
  • Islamic education programs
  • Iftars (breaking the fast meals) during Ramadan
  • Collaboration on humanitarian projects
  • Interfaith discussions


  • Five Daily Prayers: MSA Room (Hendricks Chapel)
  • Congregational Prayers: Dhuhr at 1:10 p.m. and Asr at 5:00 p.m. (MSA Room)
  • Food for Thought and Spirit

(A page of the Qur’an - Arabic & English): Every day after Salat al-‘Asr (MSA Room).

It is planned to start later this semester, and students are encouraged to volunteer.


  • Jumua'h (Friday) Prayer
  • Option #1: 1:10-1:35PM in the Noble Room at Hendricks Chapel (Fall Semester: Sep 1st thru Dec 8th, except Thanksgiving Friday on Nov 24th; Spring Semester: Jan 18th thru April 27th, except Spring Break Friday on March 16th)
  • Option #2: 1:00PM at ISCNY, 925 Comstock Ave (every Friday)
  • HALAQAH (a study circle followed by workshop): Come to success through living Eman - Wednesdays at 7:00PM starting on Sep 13th
  • GETTING TOGETHER: Pizza night, brain storming session and discussions, book club, social activities, movie nights and sports: Fridays at 07:00PM starting on Sept. 15th (Reach out to MSA or Muslim Chaplain for more info)
  • TAFSIR (A discussion of selected verses from the Qur’an with Dr. Ahamad Malik): Fridays at 03:00PM starting on Sep 15th
  • GET INSPIRED by stories about CHOSEN ONES: previous prophets, companions, and remarkable figures: Thursdays at 07:00PM (this session is planned to start later this semester)
  • WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ABOUT…? (More details coming soon!) This program will be a great opportunity for non-Muslims who want to know more about Islam. 


Every SECOND Friday of the month starting on September 8th with Welcoming Dinner and Eid Celebration

Every SECOND Saturday of the month

Note: Follow MSA and MSL Facebook Pages and bulletin boards for more details, NEW and UPCOMING programs and events!

Give to the Islamic Chaplaincy at Syracuse University.

Jewish - Hillel at Syracuse University

Hillel is the central address for serving the Jewish community on campus, as well as offering cultural programs for the community at large. Students are encouraged to participate in community service programs, social action, athletics, social and cultural events, Jewish studies, Birthright Israel, Shabbat, and holiday celebrations. 

This 16,000-square-foot state-of-art facility serves 3,000 Jewish students on the Syracuse University campus and provides programs and services for the Syracuse Jewish community and the community at large. This magnificent three-story building includes a fitness center, multipurpose auditorium (seating capacity of 200), game room and lounge, meeting rooms, administrative and student offices and work areas, library, and supervised kosher dining facility with meat and dairy kitchens. 



Rabbi Leah Fein, Hillel Campus Rabbi


The Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life
102 Walnut Place
Syracuse, NY 13210 
Building Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Enjoy Shabbat at Hillel every Friday evening during the academic year. We begin with candle lighting at 5:00PM followed by services (often both traditional and alternative options). A delicious kosher dinner is served at 6:15PM in the dining room. .  Visit the SU Hillel website to RSVP.

Come for services, dinner, or both. Shabbat with friends and the Hillel community is a wonderful way to end the week! 

Give to Hillel at Syracuse University.

Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM)

Expanding Minds, Deepening Faith, Inspiring Service.

LCM at SU and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is a dynamic community, rooted in worship that nurtures growth and inspires service in the name of Christ.



The Rev. Gail Riina


  • Community Life - Make friends and explore what faith means for others and to you. Grow spiritually through mini-retreats, bible studies, interfaith dialogues, workshops on Spirituality and the arts, and more. Join in hands-on service, and explore careers through the STEP Center. Play and pray with SULSA.
  • Worship Life - 12:00 p.m. on Sundays we gather in the Noble Room of Hendricks Chapel. Our goal is Dynamic Worship connecting us with God to make a difference in our lives. Music is an important part of our service; praying twice with hymns and songs from around the world. Students take leadership in planning and leading worship. Liturgy is creative changing with the seasons of the church year. Sundays at 12:00 p.m., staff, faculty and students gather moving chairs to create an informal and reflective space which we quickly rearrange after worship to host our weekly Sunday brunch at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Step Center - Expose yourself to a world beyond the University - step into another's world and then out together to make a difference! Short and long term hands on service opportunities, as well as service learning tied to your field of study.
  • SU Lutheran Student Association (SULSA) - Weekly gathering for food and fun! See "Religious Groups" for more information.
  • Student Leaders - Exercise and deepen your leadership abilities. Lutheran Campus Ministry programs are planned run by students with the support of the Chaplain. Positions available for: STEP Center Board, Music Ministry, Public Relations - Social Media, Peers Leaders Team - 6-hour weekly commitment with small stipend. For an application for Peer Leaders Team, Music Ministry, or work study office assistance, please email: or call 443-2439.


  • Sunday Worship – Noble Room, Lower Level of Hendricks Chapel – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Brunch – Noble Room, Lower Level of Hendricks Chapel – 1:00 p.m.

Give to the Lutheran Campus Ministry.


Sponsored by the Church of the Greenwood, the campus chaplaincy is to help students of various pagan spiritual paths to reach out for community, ritual, and to recognize rites of passage. Members may be monotheistic or polytheistic. We are dedicated to achieving the full potential inherent in all beings.

Central New York Autumn Equinox Festival and Pagan Pride Day



Mary Hudson, HPs

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call/email for an appointment.

SPIRAL Weekly Meetings:

  • Hendricks Chapel, Strates Room – 7 p.m., Mondays

Ritual Schedule:

Exact ritual dates and times are determined on a semester basis. For more information, please contact Mary Hudson. A general calendar of ritual dates are as follows:

Great Days:

  • Samhain – October 31
  • Yule – December 21
  • Imbolc – February 1
  • Ostara – March 21
  • Beltainne – May 1
  • Midsummer (Litha) – June 21
  • Lughnasaddh – August 1
  • Mabon – September 21

Full Moons: According to the lunar calendar

Other Rituals may be scheduled depending upon need.

Give to the Pagan Chaplaincy.

Roman Catholic

The SU / SUNY ESF Catholic Campus ministry at the John J. Alibrandi Catholic Center offers a rich, vibrant ministry. Our mission is to build a strong community that is completely accepting, inclusive and bound together, regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, by God's universal love. We demonstrate that love through the celebration of the sacraments, small faith-sharing groups, fellowship, volunteer service, music and social action. 

We seek with all that we do to provide a welcoming, fun and loving place for people to express their faith, to know that they are not alone and to discover the love that Jesus has for them

Our events, which occur at the Catholic Center (110 Walnut Place, across from the Whitman School of Management) unless otherwise indicated, are open to all.


Gerry Waterman

Fr. Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv., Roman Catholic Chaplain


Jeremiah Deep

Jeremiah Deep, Campus Minister

The Catholic Center
110 Walnut Place (corner of Adams and Walnut)

Weekly Schedule:

10:30 a.m. Mass at The Catholic Center
1 p.m. Mass at Hendrick's Chapel

6:00p.m. (bi-weekly) ReFresh (1st year & transfer student small group) at The Catholic Center

12:10 p.m. Mass at Hendricks Chapel

7 p.m. Mass at The Catholic Center
7:30 p.m. Free catered dinner

Confession @ Hendricks (Chaplain's Suite, Room 005D - lower level of Hendricks Chapel):
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2 to 4 p.m. 
Wednesdays 10 a.m. to noon 

Fr. Gerry will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in his office in the Chaplain's suite at Hendricks Chapel. He is also available by appointment.

Give to the Roman Catholic Chaplaincy.

United Methodist Ecumenical Campus Ministry

If you identify with the following traditions:
American Baptist, Presbyterian Church, USA, United Church of Christ, United Methodist
UMECM is for you and your friends who are of same faith, or no faith:

Who we Thrive to be:

The UME Campus ministry exists to serve all humanity and seeks to create community around the life of the Spirit.  So that we might live and move and have our being in a way that dignifies our presence in the SU community and the global community, our goals include engaging in open and honest conversations, connective interactions and establishing life giving and supportive relations.  

What we Honor:
Though we are unashamedly Christian in our expressions, we are also unapologetically committed to respectful co-existence. To honor our credo, the UME Campus ministry engages in interfaith dialogue and collaborative efforts to advocate for safety, peace, justice and reconciliation in our spaces of worship, our schools, our homes, our cities, our world. We are radically inclusive and theologically progressive.  We seek to create healthy boundaries and vow to fully accept and welcome All people.

When, Where & Why we Gather:
Sundays Worship - time, date and space TBA.  Sunday Worship Gathering: A time of prayers, praise, thanksgiving, celebrating holy communion and engaging sacred texts.
Thursdays @ 6 p.m. in Chaplain’s Suite. Lower Level Hendricks Chapel. Courageous Conversations: A relaxed atmosphere where we engage in meaningful spiritual conversations.
One Thursday Evening monthly @ 6 p.m. (facebook @UMECM for upcoming times and dates)
Connect Dinners: An open space and a free meal. Come and connect with others of different faiths and cultural backgrounds.

How we Choose to Honor our Common Humanity:
"You" means you. We are not going to define "you" just come and bring all of your "you-nique" energy to our gatherings. Join us! Membership is free! Let us create beautiful, memorable moments together on your educational journey.     

Rhonda's office hours: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays 6 to 8 p.m.


Gerry Waterman

Rhonda Chester, MDIV
Telephone: 315.443.5040 or 314.312.7224 (cell)

Give to the United Methodist Ecumenical Campus Ministry.