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    Br. Matthew Simons, TOR
    Director
    msimons@francis.edu

    Fr. James Puglis, T.O.R.
    Alta Via Program
    jpuglis@francis.edu

    Fr. Chris Dobson, T.O.R.
    Director of Liturgy
    CDobson@francis.edu 

    Br. Stephen Waruszewski, TOR
    Campus Minister
    swaruszewski@francis.edu 

    Ms. Denise Farabaugh
    Administrative Assistant
    DFarabaugh@francis.edu

    Feed your soul

    Guided by our Franciscan Catholic heritage, Campus Ministry provides opportunities for members of all faith traditions to encounter God in their daily lives.

    As a community of faith and love, we strive to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of the University as they are reflected in the Franciscan Goals of Higher Education. Staffed by a team of Franciscan friars and lay ministers, we assist the University community in becoming instruments of Christ’s peace as exemplified by St. Francis of Assisi.

    Campus Ministry seeks to assist all students on their spiritual journey, helping them realize and become the person that God has created them to be. Campus Ministry is a presence of Christ for you on campus.  Whether you are facing a difficult decision, struggling with God’s Will, or just need to talk, we invite you to consider Campus Ministry as a resource. 

    Campus Ministry is located on the first floor of Saint Francis Hall. 

  • Catch a glimpse of life in the ministry.

  • On May 20, 2020, Bishop Mark Bartchak, the Bishop of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, announced dates to resume the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the distribution of Holy Communion and the public celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

    PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION - MAY 23, 2020

    DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION – JUNE 1, 2020

    CELEBRATION OF PUBLIC MASSES – JUNE 13-14, 2020

    A LIMITED NUMBER OF STUDENTS WILL BE RETURNING TO CAMPUS ON JUNE 1, 2020.  DUE TO THE PROTOCOLS THAT WILL BE IN PLACE FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY, THE CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY.  

    THE SCHEDULE AND PROCEDURES FOR RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS LISTED ABOVE, WILL BE POSTED ONCE THE STUDENTS HAVE ARRIVED ON CAMPUS.

    MASS STREAMED FROM SACRED HEART FRIARY WILL CONTINUE DAILY AND SUNDAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.   

    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/CampusMinistrySFU/  
    INSTAGRAM: @sfuministry

    MONDAY – WEDNESDAY – FRIDAY – 12:00 NOON
    TUESDAY – THURSDAY – 12:15 P.M.
    SUNDAY – 10:00 A.M.


    Campus Ministry Offices are on the bottom floor of St. Francis Hall, next door to the Post Office.  Feel Free to stop by and visit.  Please see our website https://www.francis.edu/chapel/ for any additional information or  contact our offices at 814-472-3172.

    Immaculate Conception Chapel was established to serve the sacramental and spiritual needs of the Saint Francis University community. In addition to regular celebration of the Eucharist and sacrament of reconciliation, the University is normally allowed to celebrate the sacrament of matrimony for alumni and other members of the University community, with permission from the rector of our local parish, the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel. During Holy Week, the Chapel may also celebrate the sacraments of initiation - baptism, confirmation, and first Eucharist - if there is sufficient student interest and preparation.

    Infant baptisms and funerals are rarely celebrated in Immaculate Conception Chapel, as the proper place for celebrating these liturgies is in a parish.  Please contact your local parish for these liturgical services.

    Sunday offertory contributions are restricted and used to pay for ongoing and future capital improvements to the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Checks payable to “Saint Francis University” will be processed by the Advancement Office, and acknowledged in a letter from the Advancement Office. These letters should be kept for tax return purposes.