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Levavi Oculos


Rev. Jenny Frazier Call
University Chaplain
(540) 362-6665

Hollins University
Roanoke, VA 24020


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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive was a great success. Thanks to the generous donations of food and money from the campus community, 17 families in our area received food boxes that contained traditional Thanksgiving food items.


Elijah's backpack

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Connecting with the spiritual side of life

Religious Life assists students, faculty, and staff as they embody the university motto, Levavi Oculos, encouraging them to seek connection, explore spirituality, and serve in faith. We fulfill this mission by offering opportunities for pastoral care, community building, worship, spiritual growth, faith education, interfaith dialogue, leadership development, and service.


Jessie Ball duPont Chapel

The chapel stands beside the library as a reminder of the spiritual nature of academic values, and to emphasize the connection of head and heart. There is Christian worship in the duPont Chapel on Family Weekend, for White Gift Service in December, on Ash Wednesday, Easter (as the academic calendar permits), and on other occasions and holy days as they arise. Our regular interfaith worship, Sanctuary, takes place in the meditation chapel on Tuesday afternoons. Spiritual leadership is offered by student chaplains as peer mentors and caring members of our community. Contact the chaplain or the student chaplains to find out how to get involved with groups, events, and projects. The chapel, the smaller meditation chapel, and the prayer room are open daily for meditation, prayer, or a quiet place for reflection.


Opportunities for spiritual involvement at Hollins

Student-led clubs such as the Spiritual and Religious Life Association (SRLA) provide the opportunity for students to get involved in activities that help them explore, express, and grow in their faith. The chaplain’s office also provides regular and varied worship experiences for the Hollins University campus. Our weekly worship service is called Sanctuary, as it is intended to be a peaceful refuge from the busyness of college life. In this Tuesday afternoon service, students explore faith through hands-on experience with different spiritual disciplines such as prayer and meditation, and through using the creative arts to connect spiritually with God and others.

The chaplain's office also encourages connections with the Roanoke area houses of worship, facilitating a Religious Communities Fair each fall where representatives of local faith groups are invited to come to campus and share about their groups so that students can explore faith communities in our area. A weekly van is provided to transport students to Mass at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Car pools are arranged for students to attend services at the local temple, synagogue, mosques, or Christian churches. Local religious leaders are often invited to campus to lead Eucharist services and to mark religious holidays and festivals such as Hanukkah, Passover, and Eid.

Students are also invited to participate in the college ministries of local churches and para-church organizations such as Voice of Faith, and Green Ridge Baptist Church’s REMNANT, both of which meet occasionally on campus.

The chapel provides services for major religious holidays such as Ash Wednesday, Rosh Hashanah, and Easter, and coordinates a beloved Hollins tradition, the White Gift Service, to commemorate Advent and Christmas. The chaplain also presides at special campus occasions and services such as Family Weekend, Founder’s Day, Convocation, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.

Other events hosted at the chapel allow students to build community while learning about faith and spirituality in a casual environment. Art + Soul, held monthly, combine crafts, food, conversation, and community-building activities. Fun Fridays, book clubs, and movie series bring students together for fun, fellowship, and sharing with one another. Ted Talk discussions take place monthly, and there are several different weekly Bible study opportunities.

Religious and Spiritual Groups, 2014-15 (PDF)

Holy Days of Observance - fall 2014 - spring 2015

Important dates:

Saturday, 6/28-Sunday, 7/27: Ramadan (month of fasting)
Wednesday, 9/24-Friday, 9/26: Rosh Hashanah (begins and ends at sundown)
Friday, 10/3-Saturday, 10/4: Yom Kippur (begins and ends at sundown)
Saturday, 10/4-Sunday, 10/5: Eid al-Adha (begins and ends in the evening)
Thursday, 10/23: Diwali
Friday, 10/31: Samhain
Saturday, 11/1: All Saints Day
Sunday, 11/30-Wednesday, 12/24: Advent season (mostly observed on Sundays)
Tuesday, 12/16-Wednesday, 12/24: Hanukkah
Wednesday, 2/18: Ash Wednesday
Monday, 3/6: Holi
Sunday, 3/29-Sunday, 4/5: Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday)
Friday, 4/3-Saturday, 4/11: Passover (begins and ends at sundown; first two days are most important)
Sunday, 4/12: Orthodox Easter

Holy Day descriptions:

Ramadan (Muslim)—one of the Five Pillars of Islam; month of fasting (dawn to sunset) and sacred time of prayer and charity; the Islamic calendar is lunar, so the festivals like Ramadan rotate through the seasons.

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)—Jewish New Year, High Holy Day; Students may attend local services. We usually observe it on campus with a prayer service.

Yom Kippur (Jewish)—Day of Atonement, High Holy Day; the most important of the Jewish holidays; Observant Jews will likely attend services off-campus and may fast.

Eid al-Adha (Muslim)—Festival of Sacrifice; marks the end of Islamic Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslim students may attend a local mosque for prayers in addition to their regular daily prayers.

Samhain [pronounced SOW-en] (Pagan)—marks the coming of winter. It is more commonly recognized, by non-Pagans, as Halloween. This is a date that is often recognized as a time where the barriers between the physical world and the Otherworld (where the spirits of the departed dwell between lives) are at their thinnest. Pagans generally use this as a time of reflection and communion with departed loved ones.

All Saints Day (Christian)—a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church, requiring Mass attendance and work restriction when possible. This Christian holiday is in remembrance of all the saints, both living and deceased.

Diwali (Hindu)—Festival of Lights; a celebration with fireworks and lighted candles and prayers to the Goddess of Wealth. As neither candles nor fireworks are permitted in living and study spaces, students are invited to the prayer room in the chapel to light a candle in observance. Students usually have a table display in Moody with information.

Hanukkah (Jewish)—while not a major Jewish holiday, is perhaps the most familiar secularly. This Festival of Lights is celebrated for eight nights. We usually have a Hanukkah celebration on campus with festive foods, and there is a menorah for lighting in the prayer room.

Advent (Christian)—a 4-week season of preparation, celebrating the movement from darkness to light and anticipating the “coming” of Christmas. Our White Gift Service held in December is in celebration of Advent, and there is an Advent wreath with candles to light in the prayer room.

Ash Wednesday (Christian)—is the beginning of the season of Lent, which is the 40-day period leading up to Easter. Celebrants usually attend a service and receive ashes on their foreheads as a reminder that "from dust we came, and to dust we shall return." It's a season of fasting and mourning. Ashes will be offered at lunchtime in Moody, and at a service at 4:30 pm in the Meditation Chapel on campus.

Passover (Jewish)—This observance marks the salvation of the Hebrew people who escaped slavery as God led them on an exodus from Egypt. It’s marked by a storytelling Seder meal of symbolic foods. We will have a Passover Seder on campus, date and time to be determined.

Holi (Hindu)—is the Festival of Colors, and is celebrated with bonfires and colored powders to usher in spring. Our campus celebration is sponsored by Cultural and Community Engagement, HAB CCEC, Carvin, and GIA.

Holy Week (Christian)—includes Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday; commemorates Jesus’ last week, including his entry into Jerusalem his last meal with his disciples, his crucifixion, and resurrection. Each is usually marked with a service. We will have Good Friday and Easter services on campus.