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Jewish Chaplaincy

Under the watchful eye of Rabbi Michael Swarttz, the Jewish Chaplaincy offers those in the Jewish community an opportunity for prayer, fellowship, and spiritual growth.

With this broad goal in mind, the Jewish Chaplaincy has been responsible for bringing various speakers and performances to campus, including “Unorthodox” podcast host Mark Oppenheimer, poet Robert Pinsky, author Daniel Goldenhagen, Sarah Hurwitz, head speechwriter for Former First Lady Michelle Obama, and alumnus Leo Ullman ’57, speaking on his own personal experience of surviving the Holocaust.

In addition to the weekly Shabbat gathering, the Jewish Student Union also sponsors one special Shabbat dinner per term and a Passover Seder.

In recognition of the importance of observing the high holidays, the Chapel facilitates all interested boarding students in attending services at nearby Conservative, Orthodox, or Reform synagogues. Those who wish to attend should contact Rabbi Swarttz, in advance, to receive the proper permissions and to make the necessary arrangements.


Fridays @ 5:30 p.m., Paul's Room (2nd Floor of Paresky Commons)

Hindu Chaplaincy

Those interested in the religious tradition of Hinduism are often affiliated with the Indo-Pak community at Andover. Both communities hold dear the culture, language, and spiritual devotions rooted in South Asia. Given this lens, it is just as likely that this group would be involved in planning the Diwali celebration as organizing a dance and food festival, particular to the region.

With the recent opening of the Chinmaya Mission in Andover, there are ample opportunities for education, language instruction, and inquiry into the wisdom of the Vedanta, all within two miles of the PA campus. Daily worship and special pujas are performed at the shrine. The temple is currently headed by His Holiness Swami Swaroopananda.


Temple Timings: Monday - Sundays @ 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Chinmaya Mission (Union Street, Andover)

Muslim Chaplaincy

The Islamic community at Andover is a tightly-knit and dynamic group. Those of Muslim faith pray together, gather together, and organize events and discussions to inform others of the intricacies of their long-standing religious heritage.

Our campus ministry has also been bolstered by the recent opening of the Andover Islamic Center. This facility is located just three miles from campus.

Those interested in participating in any of the group’s activities should contact Noureddine El Alam, MSA’s faculty advisor.

In addition to weekly prayers, the Chapel also organizes gatherings to mark important Islamic celebrations such as Ramadan, Eid-al-Fitr, and Eid-al-Adha. Students interested in observing Ramadan should contact the Chapel to make arrangements for both observing the fast and accommodating special dietary needs.


Fridays @ 1:00 p.m., Andover Islamic Center (204 Andover Street, Suite 201, Andover).

During inclement weather, weekly prayers will be held on campus, led by Noureddine El Alam.

Protestant Chaplaincy

Led by Reverend Anne Gardner, the Protestant Chaplaincy offers counsel, worship, sacraments, fellowship, educational programming, community service opportunities, and hospitality to all those within the Protestant traditions.

Worship services are both structured and evolving. In addition to more traditional forms of preaching, the weekly Protestant liturgy has welcomed student homilists (during “Bible SLAM”) and sermons based on contemporary music (“iSermons”). These sorts of innovations have made the Sunday church experience more accessible and vibrant for all involved.

Each week, this creative flavor is blended with facets of a more classical worship experience. Every Sunday the Chapel hosts a weekly liturgy, bringing the week to an end with music, prayer, and community. On the first Sunday of each month, the service also includes the celebration of the Eucharist. Additional sacramental services are also administered through the Chapel.

Finally, the Protestant Chaplaincy has developed programming to connect our congregation with the larger community outside of our campus. A relationship with the Harvard-MIT Episcopal/Lutheran Chaplaincies has given our students an opportunity to glimpse the world of collegiate communities of faith. The congregation has also been involved in fundraising for charities and in participating in service opportunities, fulfilling the charge to embody the beliefs they hold to be true.


Sundays @ 6:00 p.m., Main Floor, Cochran Chapel

Celebrant: The Reverend Anne Gardner
Preaching Fellow: Alton Price, Jr.

Each Sunday evening, as the campus grows quiet, members of the Christian community gather to reflect, rest, and worship. Students participate in every facet of the liturgy; as musicians, as readers, and occasionally even as preachers.

Due to the broad spectrum of denominations represented under the Protestant umbrella, special care is taken to craft the liturgy with various traditions in mind. Prayers and music are taken from a wide range of worship styles and preaching tends to be thematic. Recent homiletic series have focused on the parables of the New Testament, figures of the Hebrew Bible, the epistles of St. Paul, and most recently, the “Seven Deadly Sins."

All are welcome to join our community, regardless of religious tradition or background. It is our hope that all who come through our door will be provided a chance to wonder and inquire, to experience gratitude and blessing, and to keep holy the Sabbath as a time for rest and renewal.



We celebrate the chance to welcome others into our Christian life of faith. The sacrament of baptism marks this moment, both for the baptized and for the community. Baptisms are generally performed as part of a larger liturgy. Those interested in arranging a baptism should contact the Reverend Anne Gardner at 978.749.4138.

Rite of Reconciliation (Confession)

Private appointments can be made with the Reverend Anne Gardner by contacting 978.749.4138.


A number of Protestant denominations recognize the confirming of one’s baptismal vows as an important part of spiritual development. Requirements and preparation for this sacrament vary between faith traditions. For specific information about the particularities by denomination, contact the Reverend Anne Gardner at 978.749.4138.


One of the most joyful of all the sacraments, weddings are held nearly year round in Cochran Chapel. Unfortunately, because of the volume of requests received, we have had to confine the use of the Chapel for wedding services to PA alumni/ae, staff, and faculty of Phillips and Abbot academies (and their children). It is important to note that school events (including Summer School programming) take precedence when determining availability of the facilities.

Funeral/Memorial Services

In honoring the memory of the deceased the Chapel has, on occasion, hosted services for various PA affiliates. Questions regarding the availability of both clergy and the facility should be directed to the Chapel office at 978.749.4130. Inquiries regarding burial in the chapel cemetery should be directed to Christopher Joel in the Business Office at 978.749.4100.

Roman Catholic Chaplaincy

The Roman Catholic Chaplaincy, led by Dr. Mary Kantor, provides vibrant and welcoming worship; a space for cultivating informed faith and spirituality; and a place to participate in the global Church’s life and mission of promoting social justice.

A diverse community, Catholics residing on campus come from around the globe. This universal Church, its gifts and arts, is richly reflected in the Sunday Mass, in the sacramental preparation programs, and in the educational offerings. In addition, the international community of Catholics at PA has been celebrated through foods from the different Catholic ethnic communities. After cultural concerts, after Sunday Mass, or in Commons, students have shared in Polish pastries, Asian sweets, Spanish flan, and European hot-cross buns.

The Catholic Chaplaincy oversees service opportunities and fundraising for international relief efforts. Catholics and any interested students are welcome to be a part of the events of the Catholic Chaplaincy at PA.


Sundays @ 6:45 p.m., Kemper Chapel (lower level of Cochran Chapel)

Presider: Supply Priests (Archdiocese of Boston)
Chaplain: Dr. Mary Kantor

The celebration of Sunday evening Mass is the heart of the Roman Catholic community at PA. Students, faculty/staff and their children, local parents and families, and alumni gather each week for prayer, fellowship, and hospitality. This event provides a space for worship and reflection, some quiet and calm to start each week, and a place for Catholic students across the campus to meet and get to know each other and those of the extended Catholic community. Students have roles in all of the liturgical ministries of music, reading scripture, distributing communion, hospitality, greeting and ushering. Recognizing the many cultures of Catholicism represented at PA, the Masses have a wide offering of worship resources, musical styles, languages, arts, as well as international snacks and desserts in the hospitality time after Mass. With limited availability of priests during weekdays, Holy Day Masses are not available on campus. Arrangements can be made for attendance at our local Catholic parish, St. Augustine Church, for those so interested.


Baptism and Eucharist

Student preparation for the initiation sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist can be arranged through Dr. Mary Kantor at 978.749.4137. These events have traditionally been celebrated at Masses with the Roman Catholic community during the school year.

Rite of Reconciliation (Confession)

Once a month, this sacrament is made available to students in the hour before Sunday Mass, and can also be available by appointment. These can be scheduled through Dr. Mary Kantor at 978.749.4137.


Catholic Confirmation program, running from late September through May, is available to PA high school students in any grade. Classes are held most weeks on Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by Sunday Mass at 6:45 p.m. As Catholic students at PA come from all points of the globe, and have varied formation in and experiences of Catholicism, Dr. Kantor has designed a unique curriculum for Confirmation. An intensive Catholic foundations program, it covers the frameworks of the creed, the sacraments, the liturgy, as well as Catholic social teaching and ethics, theology of the body, interfaith teachings, Catholic environmental and bioethics, and the cultural and ethnic expressions of Catholicism around the world. As the program is fit into just the school year, and not extended over a year or two as in most parish programs, there is an expectation of regular attendance at the scheduled classes. (Classes are not held on the Sundays before exams or on Parents/Family Weekend.)

Drawing upon the school’s rich opportunities through the Community Engagement Office, the Confirmation program provides a reflective and spiritual element for students as they participate in service and outreach projects on and off campus. A Confirmation retreat, held at the school’s Log Cabin on a Sunday in May, culminates the year.

The Confirmation Mass, held in Cochran Chapel, is presided over by one of the bishops of the Archdiocese of Boston. A highlight of the Catholic community’s year, this Mass and reception is held on the Sunday afternoon of Grandparents Weekend in May. (May 10, 2020) For more information, or to enroll in the 2019-20 Confirmation program, contact Dr. Mary Kantor at 978.749.4137