John Carroll University is a Jesuit Catholic University. Our primary experiences of worship are in the Roman Catholic tradition. While the JCU community are welcome at all of our celebrations, we also offer opportunities for students of other faith communities or of no faith community. Our entire community welcomes students, staff, and faculty from all religious/non-religious backgrounds and philosophies.
In light of our mission, all Campus Ministry events are open to people of all faiths. Interfaith and ecumenical programs and worship experiences are held throughout the academic year. In addition, every effort is made to connect students to a worshipping community within their faith tradition. Questions? Stop by one of our offices. We’d love to meet you!
Find out how people of other religious traditions and worldviews navigate life.
Campus Ministry sponsors panels of students to talk about faith from their unique and personal perspective. In the past, we have hosted a Muslim women’s panel, Jewish women’s panel, and there have been panels about caring for the earth, views of the afterlife, and scripture. Each panel offers an opportunity to learn more about another tradition, while reflecting on your own. Stay tuned for more panels in the future!
Through conversation, reflection, prayer, and group activities, students find meaningful ways to express their faith. If you’re looking for a place to express your faith, check out the information below!
Muslim Student Society (MSS) – MSS offers a chance for Muslim students to gather for prayer and other spiritual practices as well as stay in touch with the larger Muslim community, locally and globally.
Hillel – This student group seeks to connect Jewish students at John Carroll with one another. The Hillel group participates in Jewish holidays and activities together, and often celebrates the Sabbath on Friday nights. They are affiliated with the Hillel group at Case Western Reserve University. Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) – Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru in the U.S.) exists to help fulfill the Great Commission by winning, building, and sending in the power of the Holy Spirit. We also help the body of Christ do evangelism and discipleship. Each week we open the Bible to understand how His word applies to our lives. All religious backgrounds are welcome! As a non-denominational Christian organization, we encourage all opinions and compare them to God’s word.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) – The mission of Orthodox Christian Fellowship is to support fellowship on college campuses among the members of the Orthodox Christian faith. OCF members experience and give witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others, and study of the Faith (Acts 2:42).
Agape – This is John Carroll’s Catholic devotional group. All are welcome to deepen their understanding of Roman Catholic prayer and devotion. Agape is instrumental in "Nights of Worship" (Praise Music, Adoration, and Confession).
Respect for Life – This group of students includes those who are committed to advocating for the protection of life from conception to natural death. One yearly activity is to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January.
Knights of Columbus – Catholic men gather for prayer, study, and devotions within the framework of the national Knights of Columbus.
Daughters of Isabella - A sister group to the men’s “Knights of Columbus,” the Daughter of Isabella is an organization of Catholic women who gather for prayer, study, and devotions within the framework of the national Daughters of Isabella.
The Interfaith Prayer Room is located on the third floor of Grasselli Library. It is available for quiet prayer and reflection to all students any time the library is open. You may obtain the key at the Library Help Desk.
Fridays at 2 p.m. the Muslim Student Society has Friday prayer.
All are welcome. Please respect the space and remove your shoes before entering.
Explore is a program that provides students with an opportunity to attend worship services at temples, mosques, synagogues, and churches in Cleveland! Stay tuned for opportunities throughout the semester.