Religious Life at the University of Rhode Island

URI Chaplains Association

6 Fraternity Circle Kingston RI 02881


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The Catholic Center

90 Chapel Way
Kingston, RI 02881

Father Joseph R. Upton, Chaplain/Director 

Liz Cotrupi-Pfunder, Campus/Music Minister

Maria McDonough, FOCUS Team Director

The Catholic Center recently celebrated fifty years of service to the URI community. We offer a variety of programs for students, faculty and staff.

Worship and Spiritual Programming:

  • Daily Mass: MondayFriday at 12nn in the Catholic Center Chapel (from June to Labor Day, all Masses are celebrated in Christ the King Church)
  • University Student Mass on Sundays at 8pm during the academic year at Christ the King Church
  • Other Weekend Masses at Christ the King Church (180 Old North Road, Kingston): Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 8, 9:15 and 11:30am (11 am in summer)
  • Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays and Thursdays (when school is in session) at 7:30pm in the Catholic Center Chapel, concluding with Night Prayer and Benediction at 8:30pm
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in the chaplain’s office, on Sundays from 7pm to 7:50pm in Christ the King Church, or anytime by appointment
  • Spiritual direction, grief counseling, and other opportunities as advertised

Facility, student leadership and other programming:

  • Rhody Catholic Organization (RCO): a student organization that offers spiritual, educational, social and service activities
  • Rhody Catholic Event: the weekly meeting of the RCO beginning with Mass and dinner on Wednesdays at 6pm
  • Catholic Center served by a priest-chaplain, a campus minister and a team of FOCUS missionaries
  • Opportunities to participate in mission trips
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): a process for those seeking Baptism, completion of sacramental initiation (First Communion and/or Confirmation), or to become Catholic
  • Center Chapel open daily for prayer (the Blessed Sacrament is reserved)
  • A quiet place to study: a library of spiritual books and periodicals
  • Recreation room with pool, ping-pong and air hockey tables, games and TV

Regular Center Hours:

Daily 8am-10pm

Summer Hours:

Monday through Friday 10am-5pm

Closed During School Vacations

Religious Preference Form

We invite students to fill out a religious preference form so that the URI Chaplains Association can assist you in finding community on campus. Click here to fill out the form.

Prayer / Meditation Spaces on Campus

Are you looking for a quiet place to stop and pray or meditate on campus? Here are several options that are available:

Meditation Room in the Carothers Library (located in the 24-hour room next to the coffee stand)

Tyler Hall room 137

Women are invited to use the URI designated Lactation Rooms as well.

Local Places of Worship

In addition to resources on campus, there are many places of worship in Kingston and the surrounding area. Please do a Google Search for "Places of Worship in Kingston, RI" for complete listings, or contact one of the chaplains for recommendations.

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