Religious Life

Sr. Chris Clark, DHM

clark.jpgAs a disciple of Jesus Christ I hope to live, listen, consider, and respond in a loving way that communicates across divides, shares responsibility, and that makes way for peace, flourishing, and dignity for all. Confident and growing in Catholic faith, I am committed to multi-faith appreciation and interfaith dialogue.

As a member of the Office of Religious Life under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Paul Sorrentino, I approach interactions with "RAM" - being respectful toward the beliefs of others, being Authentic to my tradition, and having Meaningful inter-religious interaction. Particular interests include global social justice initiatives that thoughtfully lay the groundwork for leadership to be shared in local communities, and educational processes that free people for informed service for the greater good.

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).

A university Chaplain for about a decade, I have been a chair of the Religious Affairs Committee at UMass Amherst for three years and was campus minister at the Newman Catholic Center through December, 2013. In January, 2014 I embarked on the new full-time ministry for the US Province of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary: DeCice Hall at the Marian Center in Holyoke. Along with part-time responsibilities as the Catholic Advisor at Amherst College, I serve as Director, DeCicé Hall at the Marian Center, Holyoke; Faculty for the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Program; and Adjunct Faculty at Elms College Department of Religious Studies and Institute of Theological and Pastoral Studies.

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 Tuesdays 3-5 p.m. in the Advisors' Office of the Cadigan Center, or by arrangement
Contact Information:  Amherst College, Box 2277, Amherst, MA 01002-5000; cellphone (413-687-1858); Chris Clark email:

Updated 9/9/2014

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