Winter Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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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

The Protestant Chaplaincy offers counsel, worship, and fellowship to all those within the Protestant traditions.


Sundays @ 6:00 p.m., Main Floor, Cochran Chapel
Celebrant: The Reverend Gina Finocchiaro

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