Religious Life

Chris Clark, DHM

I  am passionate about fostering solid, vibrant communities. I welcome those who identify as Catholic as well as those who identify their faith and values in some other way. Confident and growing in my Catholic faith, I am committed to multi-faith appreciation and interfaith dialogue. There are several approaches of particular interest; here are two: global social justice initiatives that thoughtfully lay the groundwork for leadership to be shared in local communities; education that frees minds and hearts from being shaped by fear-based control plans to more flexible, peace-engendering, open approaches. I am interested in ways to link those approaches to solid spiritual practices. Underneath all of these is a desire for a shared experience of the “RAM – respectful, authentic, meaningful” interaction.
 
Since coming into full communion in the Roman Catholic Church in 1994 and receiving the first master degree in theology in 1995, I have become increasingly involved in evangelization – especially through education and campus ministry in the Springfield, MA Diocese. Professional preparation included taking degrees from Weston Jesuit School of Theology: Master of Theology with Master of Divinity equivalent, and the Master of Theological Studies, and from The College of Our Lady of the Elms: the Master of Arts in Applied Theology. I have been serving in a number of capacities: Elms College - adjunct faculty member; Diaconate Program of the Diocese - faculty for formation; Bishop Timothy McDonnell’s Pastoral Council; and as a laywoman and now religious sister with various communities' approaches to spiritual development and discipleship. I have been a University Chaplain for some seven years, chairing the University of Massachusetts’ committee of religious advisors for three years. Active in campus ministry at the Newman Catholic Center at UMass through December 2013, I continue to foster relationships between the Newman UMass and Amherst communities. In January 2014 I took on a new role in ministry with the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, DeCicé Hall at the Marian Center in Holyoke. DeCicé Hall promises to foster growth and sustainability in small groups, provide accessible space for prayer and reflection, and occasions for deep conversations -- especially around social justice and faith questions.

In all these expressions as a follower of Jesus Christ, I hope to live, listen, consider, and respond in a loving way that communicates across divides, shares responsibility, and makes way for peace, flourishing, and dignity for all. 

For more information about my activities, interests, and academic background visit my Amherst faculty/staff page. For the more time-sensitive postings about ministry at Amherst visit the Amherst Events Page . You may visit my general page on Facebook at cclark.mundial@gmail.com. Be sure to access Newman Catholic Students Club or email the club  ... See you around campus!


Position:  Catholic Religious Advisor
Office Hours:  Tues 4-6 pm. at the Cadigan Center for Religious Life and by appointment.
Contact Information: (413) 687-1858; Chris Clark

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