Connections across campus

Religious and spiritual well-being of the entire Colby community.

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) supports students, faculty and staff as we connect to something greater than ourselves and live out our values.

Here you will explore the complexities of the human experience, find compassionate support, and experience the diversity of religious and spiritual expression in our community.

Explore Colby's vibrant spiritual communities

Catholic Campus Ministry

Evan Domonkos ‘23
Julia Safarik ‘23
Maggie Blake ‘23

Jewish Life

Mel Weiss
Interim Director of Jewish Life

Colby Muslim Society

Taha Akhtar ‘22
Dahlia Venny ‘22
Ibrahim Riaz ’23

Hearthside Christian Community Dinners

Julia Safarik ‘23
Kate Smanik

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Laura Corbett
Kayla Murphy '22

Multifaith Dinners

Abigail Carson ‘22

Weekly Opportunities to Connect

SUNDAY

10:00 am
Transportation to Catholic Mass
Corpus Christi Parish

 

MONDAY

4:00pm
Meditation Practice
Rose Chapel

5:30pm
Hearthside Christian Community
Dinners
Lorimer Lawn
rain location: Lorimer Lounge

TUESDAY

4:00pm
Meditation Practice
Rose Chapel

WEDNESDAY

5:30pm
Multifaith Dinners
Lorimer Lawn
rain location: Lorimer Lounge

8:00pm
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Worship
Rose Chapel

THURSDAY

4:00pm
Zen Meditation
Rose Chapel

7:00pm
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Community Night
Mary Low Coffee House

FRIDAY

2:00pm
Jumu’ah Prayer
Rose Chapel & Lorimer Lounge

4:00pm
HealthRhythms Group Drumming
Rose Chapel 

5:45pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting and Dinner
Pugh Center

Featured Events & Holidays

Weekly Meditation Opportunities

There are three opportunities for members of the Colby community to experience the benefits of meditation. 

Mondays and Tuesdays at 4pm in Rose Chapel the Meditation club hosts sessions led by Jing Ye, Buddhist Advisor and Counselor.   

Thursdays at 4pm in Rose Chapel Zen meditation is led by Jim Nowik from the Treetop Zen Center in Oakland, ME.  

These meditation sessions are open to students, faculty and staff.


 

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness has two components, a connection to something that is greater than yourself, and the opportunity to live out your values. We support spiritual wellness in many ways, from exam period care packages to retreats and programs that explore what it means to live a purposeful life. Multi-generational community is important to student development so you will often find Colby employees, community members and their families participating in Spiritual Life programs and events.

Compassionate support

Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life Kate Smanik is available for conversation and pastoral care for all members of the Colby community. Pastoral care is a source of social, emotional, and spiritual support in which the care provider accompanies the seeker as they work towards wholeness. This care is private and confidential, based on the spiritual beliefs of the individual seeking support.

Support Groups offer social, emotional and spiritual support to a group of individuals around a shared struggle. Grief Support groups form every semester and are open to all members of the Colby community. Other support groups form as necessary – email Kate if you’d like to form a group around a topic that is important to you.

Contact Spiritual Life

Kate Smanik
Dean of Religious and Spiritual life

[email protected]
(207) 859-4272