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Spiritual Life

The Office of Spiritual Life (OSL) at Simmons facilitates the spiritual development and needs of students, provides and coordinates activities to promote human development and leadership skills, encourages the development of a sacred consciousness and social responsibility, makes opportunities for students to serve people in need through community service, offers referrals to local houses of worship, offers listening for individual counseling, and provides opportunities for interfaith, inter-cultural programming and dialogue for the entire Simmons community.

Stop by the Office of Spiritual Life, Main College Building (MCB), Room W009 (Fens Level), during office hours or schedule an appointment with any of our staff members. The OSL staff can be reached as a group via email: and members of the Simmons community can connect with Spiritual Life on campus via facebook.

Simmons College also encourages students to balance their spiritual life with their college experience by provides resources and making accommodations on the Residence Campus in support of students who want to live a faithful life. You will find the resources listed below for each of the various religious communities.

For more information download our Office of Spiritual Life handout and visit Spritual Life on Planga to connect with spiritual life student organizations on campus. The Colleges of the Fenway also offer a variety of religious opportunities.

The Staff of the Office of Spiritual Life, Main College Building (MCB), W009:

Bonnie-Jeanne Casey, Spiritual Life Program Coordinator
(617) 521-2489,  

Miriam Blue, Hillel Director 
(617) 521-2137,

Theresa Vela, Chaplain to the Catholic Community
(617) 521-2468,

Catholic Student Association

The Catholic Student Association is dedicated to fostering Catholic community at Simmons through worship, dialogue, service, and programming in order to broaden the social, spiritual, and intellectual horizons of its members. Be a part of something that supports Simmons students' spiritual growth while supporting your own faith development in your life here at college. Students interested in Catholic life on campus, serving as community leader, and helping our community grow should be in touch with the Catholic Chaplain.

Catholic Spiritual Life on the Residence Campus

Prayer/Reflection space is available on both the Residence and Academic campuses.

  • Residence Campus: Smith Basement
  • Academic Campus: Office of Spiritual Life, Room #W-010, open at all times.

For more information, please contact the Chaplain's to each community below:

Theresa Vela
Chaplain to the Catholic Community
Office of Spiritual Life, MCB W009


"We seek to be a vibrant, sustainable, and accountable young adult and campus ministry movement. By striving to be radically inclusive, spiritually alive, and justice centered, we further our mission to transform Unitarian Universalism and the world. We work to claim our history and identity, cultivate visionary leadership, and eliminate oppression. Our community honors profound mystery and celebrates life with inspirational worship and revolutionary ministry."
—C*UUYAN Mission Statement

The purpose of FOCUUS is to build a community that seeks to be spiritually alive, radically inclusive, and justice centered and support its members in living their Unitarian Universalist values.

Rooted in Love Christian Fellowship

Simmons Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational Christian community affiliated with Real Life Boston and Campus Crusade for Crhist International. We seek to encourage other Christians on campus as well as create a safe space for spiritual discussion and growht for those exploring faith. We host weekly life groups, attend events on and off campus, and host events that help further our mission on campus.


Simmons Hillel

Hillel at Simmons is your center for Jewish life on campus. Simmons Hillel offers social, cultural, religious and educational programming throughout the year. The Jewish community at Simmons is always looking for new leadership and interest! We hope to meet you soon!

Simmons Hillel is supported by the Simmons Office for Student Leadership and Activities, The Office of the Dean for Student Life, Hillel Council of New England and the Soref Initiative of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

We are the proud recipient of the 2008 Student Organization of the Year and 2010 Advisor of the Year awards presented by the Student Government Association and the Office for Student Leadership and Activities. We are honored to have been recognized in April 2009 by the Consul General of Israel to New England for outstanding work in support of Israel on campus. We are also the grateful recipient of a 2010 Centennial Grant awarded by the Alumnae Association of Simmons College.

Director: Miriam Blue
President: Moriah Cohen
Vice President: Ariella Brown
Treasurer: Lila Callaghan

Jewish Life at Simmons

Hillel at Simmons is your center for Jewish life on campus. Simmons Hillel offers a variety of social, educational, cultural and religious programming throughout the year. Simmons Hillel is staffed part-time by Simmons Hillel Director. Miriam is available to meet with students regarding personal or religious issues, as well as just to chat. She is able to help you arrange attending Boston area Shabbat services, signing up to prepare your own kosher meals and so much more! Learn more about programs and events offered by Simmons Hillel here: Simmons Hillel website

Holiday observance

Simmons Hillel works with students to make plans for High Holiday service attendance and works with Simmons faculty and staff to ensure sensitivity of holiday observance throughout the year. All details about holiday observance at Simmons can be found on the Simmons Hillel holidays page or review the Simmons Religious Observance policy.

Keeping Kosher on Campus

Kosher meals are not currently offered in the Simmons dining halls (Bartol / Fens). A residential student interested in kosher meals can work with staff to arrange access to the kosher kitchen, located on the basement level of Evans Hall on the Residence Campus, for her own meal preparation. Residential students interested in preparing their own kosher meals should contact Simmons Hillel Director Ailene Gerhardt for details.

During Passover, Simmons Hillel works with Simmons Dining to offer a catered kosher for Passover meal plan. Sealed boxed lunches and a buffet dinner are offered during Passover. All details are available on the Simmons Hillel Passover webpage and registration is required.

Get the FAQs

Do you have other questions about Jewish life at Simmons? Visit the Simmons Hillel FAQs page for more information.

Questions? Contact:
Miriam Blue
Hillel Director
617-521-2137 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            617-521-2137
Office of Spiritual Life, MCB W009

Simmons Islamic Society

The Simmons College Islamic Society (formerly the Muslim Students Association) is a student organization which focuses on establishing a comfortable environment for the Muslim community within the institution. We not only work to meet hte needs, both social and religious of our felow sisters, but also work towards meeting the needs of our religious and non-religious communities at large. SIS is a diverse group of women who are passionate about serving community, proud of their religious heritage, and welcoming to all.

President: Ameerah Saker
Vice President: Israt Pasha
Secretary: Getey Anwar
Treasurer: Iman Saeed

Muslim Spiritual Life on the Residence Campus

Welcome to Simmons: Assalama alaikum!

Prayer/Reflection space is available on both the Residence and Academic campuses.

  • Residence Campus: Evans Hall basement.
  • Academic Campus: Office of Spiritual Life, Room #W-010, open at all times.

Ablution Facilities (private bathrooms, hand-held shower heads, or bathtubs) are currently available on the Residence campus as follows:

  • Arnold Hall
    • 1st & 2nd Floor- Hand-held shower head
  • Dix Hall
    • 2nd Floor- Bathtub
  • Evans Hall
    • 1st - 4th Floors- Private bathrooms
  • Mesick Hall
    • 1st - 4th Floors - Hand-held shower heads
  • North Hall
    • 2nd, 3rd & 4th Floor - Bathtub
  • Simmons Hall
    • 1st Floor
  • Smith Hall
    • 1st - 4th floors - Private bathrooms
  • South Hall
    • 1st Floor - Hand-held shower head
    • 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Floor - Bathtub

Quiet Floor in South Hall: Designed for students who prefer a quiet atmosphere, this floor generally maintains quiet for sixteen hours per day. Floor members decide the specific hours.

Wellness Community in South Hall: Supports and promotes a healthy, balanced lifestyle, an ongoing process that is different for each individual.

Dietary Needs are met on a daily basis by providing halal hamburgers and hot dogs at three locations:

  • Bartol Dining Hall @ Three Squares; the Fens Grille; and at the Quadside Cafe.
  • During Ramadan, Simmons provides a special Ramadan Table in Bartol, serving halal meat dishes every night at sunset. The Simmons Islamic Society (SIS) reserves a room in Bartol for sunset prayer. Dining Services also provides breakfasts (suhoor) for fasting students, which can be obtained the night before and ordered online.

All Women Swimming can be arranged with the Director of Athletics on Sundays whenever possible.

Don't forget to check out the Simmons Islamic Society (SIS) on Alumnet and Planga!

Chaplain to the Muslim Community
Office of Spiritual Life, MCB W009