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Respecting All Beliefs

The aim of our interfaith ministry is to respond to the many and varied spiritual needs of the Andover community. Towards that end, our office includes chaplains from the Jewish, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions.

Each week our religious communities gather for both worship and fellowship. Student faith groups provide opportunities for students to deepen their faith through study, discussion, and service. There continue to be opportunities to craft new programming, as student interest dictates.

Similarly, the chapel organizes services and programming for major religious holidays such as Eid, Holi, Yom Kippur, Ramadan, Divali, and Easter. We also mark our common heritage by recognizing important secular holidays such as Veterans Day, MLK Day, and Memorial Day.

Through our commitment to all traditions of faith, we hope to promote both interfaith dialogue and spiritual development.

Student Faith Clubs
  • Jewish Student Union
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Hindu Student Union
  • Andover Christian Fellowship
  • Catholic Student Fellowship

Cochran Chapel

Cochran Chapel is the spiritual center of Phillips Academy. First dedicated in 1932, it was the final gift of Thomas Cochran, Class of 1890. Designed by architect Charles Adams Platt, the exterior is neo-Georgian. The interior, barrel-vaulted and colonnaded with carved oak paneling, suggests the late 17th-century English Baroque style of Christopher Wren. In 1981, the Andover Organ Company installed a new two manual, 27 stop, tracker organ.

In addition to housing the Chaplaincy and student religious organizations, Cochran Chapel is home to the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, choral and orchestral groups, the Community Engagement program, and All-School Meetings. Renovated to include a large balcony in 1998—thanks to a generous gift from David M. Underwood ’54—Cochran Chapel was rededicated October 16, 1998. An additional grant, made in May 2012 by the Abbot Academy Association, has allowed the chapel to purchase new pew cushions and reupholster all of its chairs. More recent financial allocations have allowed for the installation of large projection screens, the purchase of a baptismal font, new seating for our musicians, and the refinishing of both our pulpit and altar. Each of these grants has helped us maintain the grandeur of this architectural gem.

The People of Cochran Chapel

Meet our religious leaders and staff.

Michael Swarttz

Has been known to break out his stand-up comedy routine at faculty talent shows.

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Mary Kantor

Along with her academic background, Mary Kantor brings over twenty-five years of ministry experience in the Catholic Church.

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Abbey Siegfried

“I always say that I love music—obviously, I’m a musician—but I love people more than I love music.”

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Organ in Cochran Chapel

Chaplaincies

Learn about our various chaplaincies and their student faith-based clubs.

Exterior of Cochran Chapel

Student Clubs

Students, with the guidance of advisors, run our faith-based clubs.

Handbell choir

Chapel Music

The chapel plays host to myriad musical groups and performances throughout the academic year.