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University Chaplain

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About Salve Regina University:

Salve Regina University, ranked as one of the most transformative colleges in the United States by Money Magazine, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in the scenic coastal community of Newport, Rhode Island. The University's commitment to academic success and personal discovery extends beyond its historic campus into a dynamic world where the application of higher thinking and skill are most valued. Salve Regina offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, graduate certificates, and doctoral programs in humanities, international relations and nursing. Enrollment includes more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Job Description:


The chaplain, in cooperation with the Mercy Center for Spiritual Lifeteam, fosters the liturgical, spiritual, personal and social justice development of the university community. Faithful to the Catholic tradition and our Mercy heritage, the chaplain reaches out to people of all faiths on campus.


Liturgical and Spiritual Life
  • Assume primary responsibility for the Catholic sacramental life of the University community.
  • Deliver engaging homilies that are relevant to college students and that challenge and encourage the community to participate deeply in a life of faith and service.
  • Provide pastoral counseling and/or spiritual direction as requested by members of the University community. Be present to the community in times of loss and grief.
  • Respond to expressed needs for scripture study, small faith communities or benediction as is possible.
  • Participate at University functions such as convocation, memorial services, commencement, blessings, vigils, etc.
  • Preside at Catholic liturgies in coordination with the quarter time University Chaplain, weekday and weekend, during the academic year.
Campus Outreach
  • Be a known and active presence on campus.
  • Form a vision of the best ways to reach out to the student community and serve their needs.
  • Prioritize the formation of working relationships with athletics, student affairs (resident assistants, peer mentors, Student Government Association, etc.), faculty and staff. Implement new ideas for outreach to campus, identifying and responding to campus needs.
Campus Ministry
  • Collaborate with the team of the Mercy Center in the planning and implementation of programs, events and retreats as time allows.
  • Collaborate in the training and formation of student leaders and ministers.
  • Be responsive to social issues on campus and globally and promote the social justice teachings of the Church.
  • Supervise work of the Sacramental and Liturgical Life Assistant

Perform other duties as required by the Director of the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life.




No substantial exposure to adverse environmental conditions.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • We seek a Roman Catholic priest in good standing who can relate pastorally to university students, faculty and staff and who will promote and uphold the mission of Salve Regina University, the charism of the Mercy Sisters and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Candidate must possess excellent preaching and pastoral skills.
  • This position requires that the person demonstrate public relations skills and initiative in approaching tasks, be able to organize work assignments, demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with administrators, faculty, staff and students, be able to interpret Diocesan policies, and be able to creatively involve others in liturgical celebrations.
  • This position requires availability in cases of emergency.
  • The candidate must have the approval of his Bishop and/or Religious Superior to apply.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience in campus ministry or with college students is desirable.
  • Personal computer knowledge is desirable.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law, in the administration of Salve Regina's employment policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to making its programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliant with all applicable non-discrimination laws.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online for any open staff and faculty positions by providing a cover-letter and resume. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks are required of successful candidates. Salve Regina University participates in E-verify . ( Spanish )



Salve Regina University

From our cornerstone mercy mission to the classic ideals of our liberal arts approach, tradition matters at Salve Regina. It’s woven throughout our 80-acre campus, embedded in our historic buildings and infused in the culture of Newport, Rhode Island.

Tradition at Salve Regina means we remember where we began. Since our founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, we have grown to a community of more than 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students who proudly carry forward our mission in their personal and professional lives. Fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, we are committed to fueling the imagination and encouraging the academic ambitions of our bright and curious students.

At Salve Regina, tradition blends seamlessly with progress. We empower students to explore their talents through diverse academic offerings, student organizations, service initiatives and athletic teams. Our collaborative learning environment and vibrant campus community inspire the pursuit of excellence and breach the limits of personal potential.

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