Campus Ministry facilitates dozens of ministries dedicated to fellowship, service, prayer, worship, faith formation, and more. The Campus Ministry Open House at the beginning of each semester is a great time to meet leaders from each ministry, but you can reach out and join most ministries any time.
Peer Ministry invites students into peer-led small groups for a transformative experience of prayer, reflection, and community.
Learn more about Peer Ministry
Music Ministry and Choirs
Cantors chant the propers and the Mass ordinary in Latin for the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass. While not required, cantors are encouraged to sing in other Campus Ministry music ensembles!
The Liturgical Choir sings for the 7:00 pm Sunday Mass at St. Dominic Chapel, in addition to Advent Lessons and Carols, Tenebrae, and other special events throughout the year. The choir sings a wide repertoire, which has recently included works by Palestrina, Mozart, and Vivaldi, alongside Gregorian chant and music by contemporary composers such as Kevin Allen. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 5:15–6:45 PM.
St. Dominic Ensemble
The St. Dominic Ensemble is a student-led group which provides music for the 10:00 PM Sunday Mass at St. Dominic Chapel, specializing in contemporary Christian music. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:30–9:00 pm.
St. Cecilia Ensemble
The St. Cecilia Ensemble is a student-led group which provides praise & worship music during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday at 8:00 PM. Mainly a contemporary ensemble, they also sing the traditional chants for Eucharistic Adoration. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 8:30–10:00 PM.
The liturgical ministries are an excellent way to fulfill your baptismal call of service to God and to one another. We welcome all students who would like to serve the Lord as an altar server, lector, sacristan, or usher.
Faith and Science
Father Justin Bolger, O.P.
Faith and Science is a community of faithful studying and working in the sciences, examining and demonstrating the connection between the two. We consider the complementarity of faith and reason as well as questions as the intersection of faith, science, philosophy, and ethics and host events that explore these topics.
Frassati Rosary Group
Sister Anne Frances Klein, O.P.
Frassati Rosary Group is named after Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, an Italian saint, enthusiastic athlete, and activist for political and social concerns. Although Frassati died of polio at the age of twenty-four, his short life was packed full of action, and so we take as our motto the phrase he made famous, “Verso l’alto,” or “to the heights,” and work, as he did, to “rise up toward a better life.”
We strive to imitate Frassati’s devotion to the Catholic faith. We pray Compline (night prayer) at 9:40 p.m. in St. Dominic Chapel on Mondays, and the Rosary at 9:40 p.m. on Tuesdays. We often meet and pray outdoors as Frassati, a great outdoorsman, so frequently did.
Knights of Columbus
Father Irenaeus Dunlevy, O.P.
The mission of the Knights of Columbus College Council Program is to promote the moral, intellectual and spiritual development of the future leaders of civil society, the Order, and the Church through witness to the Gospel and dedication to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.
We pray and have discussions with each other. We host many major events in Campus Ministry such as a Lenten fish fry and Super Bowl party.
PC for Life
Sister Anne Frances Klein, O.P.
PC for Life promotes a culture of life on campus, in the community, and in our world through prayer, positivity, and purpose. We participate in the 40 Days for Life Campaign, organize both Fall and Spring Respect Life Weeks, and serve the Providence community by volunteering with local organizations supporting mothers and families. We also attend numerous pro-life events and conferences, including the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January.
Resources for pregnant and parenting students and partners.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Sister Anne Frances Klein, O.P.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) offers a yearlong course of sacramental preparation and faith exploration for students who want to learn about the Catholic faith. The class meets weekly and is designed for those who are seeking to be baptized, were baptized Catholic but have not received their other sacraments of confirmation and/or first communion, and those who were baptized in another Christian denomination but desire to become Catholic.
Students participate in a day of service in the fall and a retreat in Duxbury, Mass., in the spring. Participants enjoy social gatherings at Christmas as well as a dinner with the Bishop of Providence. Clergy, lay leaders, and program alumni are available throughout the year to discuss challenges and questions.
Women’s Study Group
Sister Anne Frances Klein, O.P.
The Women’s Study Group helps women discover and deepen their relationship with God while learning about issues that affect them on campus and in society. Women of all faith backgrounds find the weekly meetings a source of support, strength and relaxation. We meet every Monday night at 8:30 p.m. to enjoy food and conversation.
Students have the opportunity to participate in two retreats during the academic year and a trip to the U.N. Conference on Women during spring break. We enjoy cultural outings and serve young women in the local neighborhood.
Adult Literacy tutors adults with special needs. Students are paired with adults to tutor in areas including math, reading, writing, or even just coloring. Student tutors stay with their assigned adult each week, building familiarity and trust. Adult Literacy meets Tuesday and Wednesday in Feinstein (room 116) from 7–8 p.m.
Children’s Outreach connects PC students with local children in need through weekly volunteer opportunities at sites including the Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center and St. Pius V Elementary School. Children from the San Miguel School in Providence also come to campus several times each semester to meet student mentors.
Children’s Outreach volunteers also support local events and programs for children and families including St. Pius V Parish’s Harvest Festival and the Smith Hill community Christmas giving tree.
Elderly Outreach is a local service group in which students befriend, entertain, and accompany residents of local nursing homes. Students talk, make crafts, and watch performances with the residents of Capitol Ridge Assisted Living Home. Located on Smith Street, Capitol Ridge is a short five-minute walk from campus.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language (ESL) provides non-native English speakers the opportunity to strengthen their English skills with help from Providence College students. PC students meet weekly with community members who are non-native English speakers on campus for English classes.
FaithWorks is a service-immersion program in Providence, R.I. for first-year students at Providence College. FaithWorks 2023 will take place in August before Fall Orientation.
Learn more about FaithWorks.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to building homes for families living in poverty. The vision of Habitat is to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live. To date, Habitat has helped build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served 2.5 million people worldwide.
Throughout the academic year, PC’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity organizes Saturday builds in the city of Providence. Additionally, more than 100 students go on Spring Break service trips with Habitat for Humanity each year. Learn more about Habitat for Humanity Spring Break trips.
Hunger and Poverty Outreach
Hunger and Poverty Outreach is committed to addressing local and global poverty and hunger through direct service, advocacy, and education. The group is driven by solidarity with those served, faith, and relationships within the ministry.
Volunteers engage in numerous weekly service opportunities at Providence meal sites, deliver furniture with My Brother’s Keeper, help to eliminate food waste with Friar Food Rescue, and tackle the throwaway culture while addressing needs on campus with Lightening Others’ Loads.
PC’s Special Olympics group organizes several events throughout year, including basketball tournaments in Peterson Recreation Center and an on-campus swim meet. Each year hundreds of PC students volunteer to help coordinate these athletic events with Special Olympics of Rhode Island.
Youth Education offers students the opportunity to teach religious education in various grade levels at parish schools in the Diocese of Providence. We provide a two-hour training session, open office hours, access to teaching materials and transportation. Whether in CCD classes or confirmation retreats, Youth Education helps children and youth discover the joy of faith.
Campus Ministry sponsors several out-of-region and international service immersion programs, including trips to New Orleans, La., Guatemala, Jamaica, and dozens of Habitat for Humanity sites.
Learn more about service immersion experiences.
Digital Media Ministry gets the word out about Campus Ministry offerings. Through Instagram (@pccampmin) and Facebook (@pccampmin), Digital Media advertises events, shares moments of grace, and share the good news of the gospel through social media platforms. If you have an interest in communications and media, please reach out and get involved.
Hospitality & Post-Mass Bash
Hospitality Ministry welcomes students and groups to Campus Ministry. Through the Faith Friends program, we accompany peers to Mass and connect them with other students of faith on campus.
Hospitality Ministry also sponsors Post-Mass Bash, a weekly celebration with food and fellowship in the Campus Ministry Center after the 10 p.m. Sunday Mass.