The diverse campus ministry at WPI is created and provided by the students themselves. The relationships and spiritual friendships developed in their groups and clubs are the outward evidence of that ministry. Students worship and work together, developing sustaining bonds that guide and hold them throughout their time on campus.
Some groups also have members of their clergy, funded by their religious denominations or congregations, who serve the clerical needs of that specific group.
At WPI those clergy currently also serve as chaplains to the campus community. Chaplains serve beyond their own faith tradition. They tend to the spiritual needs of a multi-faith and often transient community on site. The chaplains are here for students in time of spiritual need, regardless of their faith affiliation. They also coordinate the events with the multiple groups at the Campus Religious Center (CRC) to help maintain a thriving multi-faith and educational campus religious community.
For Chaplain office hours please see below, or make an appointment to meet.
Father Juan Echavarria
Catholic Priest and WPI Campus Chaplain
Fr. Juan, originally from Colombia, is a Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Worcester. He came to the United States in 2008 to study English and finish his Theological studies, which he had started in his country, in order to be ordained to the priesthood. He was ordained in 2011 and assigned as the Associate Pastor at St. Patrick's Parish in Whitinsville where he served for two years. Now he works as the Catholic Campus Minister at WPI accompanying the Newman Club as their Chaplain. He also helps with the Hispanic Ministry at St. Peter's Parish in Worcester.
"Working on Campus Ministry is definitely a new experience for me; an experience that is going to help me grow in faith and love for God and my priesthood. I love being in academic settings, and WPI is a great opportunity for me to grow as person and as priest. I look forward to getting to meet students, faculty and staff, and share the diversity faith brings about. Know that I am here to walk with you along the journey of faith."
Fr. Juan is available on campus Monday to Wednesday afternoon and evening, Thursday morning, and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.
"Feel free to stop for a chat at the Religious Center or anywhere you see me on campus - including the gym."
Rev. Cheryl Leshay
Unitarian Universalist minister and chaplain
Rev Cheryl is available to students of any faith for spiritual support and faith development.
Her expertise is in religious education, faith development and pastoral care. At WPI she shepherds students in Unitarian Universalist, Atheist, Humanist, Jewish, Wiccan, Pagan, Native American/Christian and emerging faith groups.
Office hours: Tuesdays by appointment, Wednesdays and Friday afternoon.
The Rev. Andrew H. Borden, Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) and a WPI campus chaplain
Pastor’ blog http://godtalk-worcester.ning.com/
Pastor Andrew received his engineering undergraduate degree, and three professional certificates, from WPI and worked in manufacturing for over 20 years before being called into ministry. As a parish pastor, and former campus minister for Quinsigamond Community College, he brings sacramental services to students of any Protestant tradition, as well as pastoral care and counseling to any student. With a firm background in youth and young adult ministry he brings a passion to the table for dialogue, social justice, and the exploration of our shared faith journeys.
Office Hours: Tuesday Afternoon 2-4:30PM Campus Center by Dunkin Donuts. Thursday Afternoon 3-5PM w/Interfaith Dialogue @ Campus Center, other by appointment