The Marist Community
Campus Ministry Community Meetings
With over 1,300 student members, Campus Ministry is the largest student group at Marist. Each month year-level community meetings are held, which include presentations, announcements and fellowship.
Evangelical Christian students meet weekly for praise, Bible Study and fellowship.
Our Catholic Student group meets 3 times a month. Provides support for students seeking to grow in their faith through prayer, service, and social gatherings.
Christ Life Groups
These groups meet weekly for support and conversation arouns a Gospel passge, connecting to their lives today.
Rabbi Rena Blumenthal coodinates Jewish student activities from monthly Shabbats to a Seder Meal around Passover, as well as, advising our Hillel Club.
This group meets on Sunday nights. You can also join them for Church services in the community on Sunday mornings.
Protestant students from the mainline traditions gather each week for Bible study.
Prayer and Worship
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel is open daily for quiet prayer from 7:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M.
The Inter-Faith Prayer Room
Located in the Chapel, is open for quiet prayer from 7:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M.
Monday through Thursday at 12:15 P.M. and on Sundays at 6:30 P.M.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Weekly on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm during the semester and by appointment.
Sacramental Preparation (R.C.I.A.):
This program is for any student interested in investigating the way of life, beliefs and rituals of the Catholic Church, with a view towards being baptized Catholic or completing the Sacraments of Initiation: Eucharist/Confirmation.
Students are encouraged to participate in any of our Liturgical Ministries, including serving as Eucharistic Ministers, lectors and Greeters.
The Choir facilitates the sung prayer at the Sunday Evening Mass. Musicians are always welcome. The Choir is open to all students, faculty and staff. Rehearsal is held for one hour in the Chapel before 6:30 PM Mass on Sundays. Join us!
Other Christian Services
Christian Prayer and Worship is held weekly in the two student groups: QUEST (for Protestants in the mainline traditions) and ARISE (formerly Campus Christian Fellowship). In addition, there are occasional inter-denominational services held on campus. A lisiting of off-campus local worship services is available from the Campus Ministry office.
Transportation is provided to services for the High Holy Days. Shabbat Services followed by a dinner will be scheduled on several Friday evenings. Please refer back to our Fall 2020 semester calendar for further information. The Seder Meal is celebrated on campus each Spring.
Local Area Places of Worship
Baptist: First Baptist Church 164 S. Cherry Street Poughkeepsie 845-454-1340
Buddhist: Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery 245 Sheafe Road Wappingers Falls 845-297-5761
Catholic: Regina Coeli 2 Harvey Street Hyde Park 845-229-2134
St. Mary's 1o Lafayette Place Poughkeepsie 845-425-2333
Christian Scientist: First Church of Christ, Scientist 132 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie 845-454-2880
Congregational: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ 269 Mill St. Poughkeepsie 845-454-2960
Episcopalian: Christ Episcopal 20 Carroll St. Poughkeepsie 845-452-8220
St. Paul's 161 Madison St. Poughkeepsie 845-452-8440
Greek Orthodox: Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church 140 Grand Ave. Poughkeepsie 845-452-0772
Jewish: Congregation Schomre Israel (Modern Orthodox) 18 Park Ave. Poughkeepsie 845-454-2890
Temple Beth-el (Conservative) 118 Grand Ave. Poughkeepsie 845-454-0570
Vassar Temple (Reform) 67 S. Randolph Ave. Poughkeepsie 845-454-2570
Lutheran: First Evangelican Lutheran 325 Mill St. Poughkeepsie 845-452-6050
St. John's 55 Wilbur Blvd. Poughkeepsie 845-452-1550
Methodist: Poughkeepsie United 2381 New Hackensack Rd. Poughkeepsie 845-452-2933
Smith Metroploitan AME Zion 124 Smith St. Poughkeepsie 845-454-1913
Mormon: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 204 Spackenkill Rd. Poughkeepsie 845-462-2470
Non-Denominational Protestant: Faith Assembly of God: Evangelical Christian 254 Spackenkill Rd. Poughkeepsie 845-462-5826
Church of God of Prophecy: Redeemer Christian 100 Cannon St. Poughkeepsie 845-337-3611
Salvation Army Poughkeepsie Corps. 19 Pershing Ave. Poughkeepsie 845-471-1210
Presbyterian: First Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Valley 1576 Main St.(Rt. 44) Pleasant Valley 845-635-3289
Quaker: Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting 249 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie 845-454-2870
Reformed: Reformed Church 70 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie 845-452-8110
Seventh Day Adventist: Trinity Temple 14 Bridge St. Poughkeepsie 845-471-5815
Unitarian Universalist: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 67 S. Randolph Ave. Poughkeepsie 845-471-6580
- The Marist College Retreat Program offers Retreats throughout the year for all students. They are organized and run by trained Student Retreat Leaders.
Connect: First-Year Student Overnight Retreat
This retreat gives students an opportunity to meet other classmates while sharing on topics such as adjusting to college and making room for God.
Other Retreat Opportunities
Outdoor retreats, topical retreats, and other retreats are offered throughout the year (Yoga, Cooking, Women's, Men's, Buddhist Mindfulness Retreat, Interfaith Retreat etc). The various groups within Campus Ministry offer Retreats each year. These include: the Catholic Student Retreat, QUEST (Protestant) Retreat, Men's Spirit Retreat and the Women's Spirit Retreat.
Spiritual & Community Building Programs
This group brings together students from various faith traditions to organize and provide opportunities for Marist College students to learn about similarities and differences among religious traditions. The Interfaith Group seeks to promote mutual understanding, respect, and inter-religious harmony.
Women's Spirit Group
Each week 3 Women's Spirituality Groups are held for First Year Students. The others are for sophomores, juniors and seniors. These groups offer an opportunity for women to gather in an experience of women's spirituality.
Men's Spirit Group
Men's Groups meet each week for conversations on topics selected by the group. These topics might include: spirituality, personal identity, relationships and transitions into college.
Marist College has a great tradition of service to others. The following programs are offered to all students:
- Weekly Service
Students volunteer time each week serve in local schools and social agencies. Click here for more information.
- Special Community Service
For students who are interested and able to occasionally serve those in need. Projects include: Community Service Day, collecting food for local food pantries, assisting local schools with Friday evening or weekend events, sorting for the coat drive, collecting for clothing drives or toiletry drives.
Hunger Awareness Month
November is Hunger Awareness Month at Marist. The goal of the program is to raise consciousness to the needs of those who are poor locally, nationally and internationally; and to raise money to help fight hunger. Activities include: The Walk/Run for Hunger, Buck Hunger Days, a campus wide Food Collection, a Hunger Awareness Meal and Petition Day.
- Giving Tree Project
Each December the Marist community, through its various clubs, organizations, offices and individual efforts provides over 30 families in need with holiday gifts.
- Post-Graduate Volunteer Opportunities
Seniors are encouraged to give a year of service after graduation. Many programs provide housing, a stipend and loan deferral allowing graduates to serve those in need both in the USA and abroad.