Spiritual Life - Life at Colby - Colby College, Waterville, ME

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


10:00 am
Transportation to Catholic Mass
Corpus Christi Parish



Meditation Practice
Rose Chapel

Hearthside Christian Community
Lorimer Lawn
rain location: Lorimer Lounge


Meditation Practice
Rose Chapel


Multifaith Dinners
Lorimer Lawn
rain location: Lorimer Lounge

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Worship
Rose Chapel


Zen Meditation
Rose Chapel

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Community Night
Mary Low Coffee House


Jumu’ah Prayer
Rose Chapel & Lorimer Lounge

HealthRhythms Group Drumming
Rose Chapel 

Shabbat Candle Lighting and Dinner
Pugh Center


Featured Events & Holidays

CANCELLED: Carols and Lights

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Colby College remains closed to visitors.  As a result we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s performance of Carols and Lights at Colby College.  We look forward to welcoming the community back to Lorimer Chapel for the return of this annual holiday tradition in December of 2022.  

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