Religious Life

Sr. Chris Clark, DHM


As a Religious Advisor at Amherst in the Office of Religious Life, I work with our office’s approach, RAM: respectful with the beliefs of others, authentic to our own traditions, and to embrace and encourage meaningful engagement. As a disciple of Jesus Christ I hope to live, learn, listen, reflect, and respond in a loving way. At Amherst this includes advising the Newman Catholic Club and contributing to committees and initiatives such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, Amherst Campus Challenge, Day of Dialogue, Ask Big Questions, and Amherst Reflects.

Since entering into full communion in the Roman Catholic Church through RCIA in 1994 and receiving the first master degree in theology in 1995, I have become increasingly involved in evangelization. Professional preparation included taking the MAAT at the College of Our Lady of the Elms and the MTS and THM with MDiv Equivalent at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry). As a university Chaplain for about a decade, I also chaired the Religious Affairs Committee at UMass Amherst and served with the deans of the Five College Committee for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Additional responsibilities complement my work at Amherst. These include directing DeCicé Hall at the Marian Center; teaching for the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Program and the Elms College Department of Religious Studies and Institute of Theological and Pastoral Studies; and serving on the Bishop’s Pastoral Council and the Board of Directors at Nardin Academy. My aim is to contribute to experiences that communicate across divides, share responsibility, and make way for peace through the flourishing and dignity of all people.

Visit my staff page at the Office of Religious Life. You may visit my general page on Facebook. Be sure to access the Newman Catholic Students Club for local Catholic news and events. or email the club ... See you around campus!

Position:  Catholic Advisor
Office Hours:  By appointment
Contact Information:  Amherst College, Box 2277, Amherst, MA 01002-5000; cellphone (413-687-1858); Chris Clark email:

Updated 3/23/15

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