Religious Life

Celebrants Who Serve at Amherst College

The Celebrants' Schedule for Mass at Amherst College 2014-15

(Current 10/28/2014, subject to change)

Fr. Frank Lawlor: 11/2, 1/11, 2/1, 3/8, 4/26. Fr. Frank is a new priest in the Diocese and enthusiastic supporter of campus ministry. We look forward to posting a Youtube video featuring Frank this year.

Fr. Dan Pacholec: 9/7, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 2/15, 4/19. Fr. Dan Pacholec speaks about his choices for healthy living at

Fr. Warren Savage: 8/ 24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 1/18, 2/8, 2/18 Ash Wednesday at 4 pm, 2/22, 3/22, 3/29, (4/5 Easter at MHC. We will arrange rides), 5/3, 5/10. Fr. Warren Savage delivers an extended homily at a deacons' retreat at

Fr. Bruce Teague: 10/12, 11/23, 12/7, 1/25, 3/1, 4/12. See a charming interview with Fr. Bruce Teague, featuring song  at

From time to time, other priests serve at Amherst. These videos feature two of them. 

Fr. John McDonagh offers the homily during a 2011 Ash Wednesday Service at Duke in 2011 -

Fr. Gary Dailey reflects on his vocation discernment journey at

2013 Commencement Day Mass: Rev. Dan Pacholec 

Our celebrant for the 7:30 am. Mass in Chapin Chapel is Rev. Dan Pacholec. We are pleased to share a little biographical information taken from the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish website: 

Rev. Daniel Pacholec was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He was a member of Mater Dolorosa Parish and educated in its school. He is a graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School and Amherst College where he received his B.A., cum laude, as a double major in Psychology and English. His honors thesis was a comparison of the conversions and autobiographies of Thomas Merton and C.S.Lewis.

After college, Fr. Dan worked for Steiger's Department Stores completing its Management training Program and working in several branch stores at various levels of management. He later was appointed Human Resource Manager for the company's flagship store in downtown Springfield. His last position at Steigers was as Manager of Executive Development, recruiting and training management trainees, and overseeing their career pathing.

At the age of 30, after many years of discernment, Fr. Dan entered religious life in the Conventual Franciscan Order as a postulant. He attended St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, MA and received his Pre-Theological Certificate in Philosophy from St Hyacinth. After completing a Novitiate, he professed temporary vows and was assigned for his Pastoral Year to teach at a Catholic School in Bessemer, Alabama. Family concerns brough him back closer to home where he discerned his call to Diocesan Priesthood.

Fr. Dan entered Blessed John XXIII National Seminary as a Seminarian for the Diocese of Springfield in the Fall of 1992. He received his Masters of Divinity from the seminary in 1996 and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Springfield on June 1, 1996. His first assignment was a Parocial Vicar at Holy Cross Parish in Springfield from 1996 - 1999. He then moved to St Michael's Parish in East Longmeadow as Parochial Vicar from 1999 - 2001. He was appointed Vocation Director for the Diocese of Springfield on July 1, 2001 and has served in that capacity until his 2004 appointment as Pastor of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish here in Westfield.

In addition to his responsibilities as Pastor, Fr. Dan serves the Diocese of Sprinfield as a member of its Catholic Schools Board and the Building Commission. Fr. Dan enjoys running (he has run the Boston Marathon six times for various charities), as well as hiking and most outdoor activities. Fr. Dan can be reached at

Christmas! And the Most Special Guest of All. 

The Christmas Masses at Newman Center UMass will be:MONDAY, December 24, Christmas Eve-- 4:30 p.m.; midnight mass.TUESDAY, December 25, Christmas Day-- 8:00 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.

The Christmas Masses at St. Brigid's Parish in Amherst will be: MONDAY, December 24, Christmas Eve, 12:00 Midnight. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, Christmas Day--8:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Matt Weber on 10/14/2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012. 6-7 pm. Chapin Lounge.

Matt Weber: A Young Catholic's Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith

A light supper and conversation

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy questions, insights, and laughs with Matt Weber, author of "Fearing the Stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic’s Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith". A graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, 28-year-old Matt Weber is their New and Social Media Officer and host/producer of their popular education podcast “The Harvard EdCast", a series of candid conversations with leaders in education around the world. Matt also offers two-minute humorous reflections for Catholic TV's newsmagazine, "ClearVoice," broadcast to more than 10 million homes in North America. A graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA, Matt has strong roots in the Springfield area and will participate in our weekly Mass in Chapin Chapel preceding the conversation. Sponsored by the Newman Club and Amherst College Catholic community at large.

Sr. Helen Prejean on 9/20/2012