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Office of the Chaplain

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life seeks to support a diversity of beliefs through the multifaith character of the chaplaincy and its relationship to some 16 religious life affiliates. We acknowledge the importance of faith, both in our individual and collective lives, and strive to provide opportunities for members of the Wake Forest community to express and explore their faith in a supportive community. The core work of chaplaincy is rooted in the care of the whole person – body, soul and spirit. As such, a key aspect of our office is to make available pastoral care and advisement for any member of the Wake Forest community – students, staff, faculty, and alumni. This can happen through individual counsel, programming on critical spiritual themes, intervention in medical emergencies, mortality concerns and presiding at key life rituals.

In the OCRL we want to expand religious literacy and broaden knowledge of other spiritualities, promote interfaith dialogue and religious ideas that are reflective of our diverse campus. This website will introduce you to our work, programs and religious life colleagues. Navigate this site to meet the chaplains, the OCRL staff and religious life affiliates.

Special Statement from the Office of the Chaplain:

The horrific events in Paris and Beirut have awakened many to the pervasive acts of terror that have plagued communities around the world for months. In response to the widespread pain and violence, the Office of the Chaplain welcomes the Wake Forest community to “Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil.”  Vigils are periods of purposeful wakefulness maintained for the sake of others.  While there is great power in grieving together, our vigil cannot end there. Our work is to turn grief into growth. We must not sleep on our individual and collective tendencies toward self-centeredness and complicity.  We must stay awake to the role we each play in harming the vulnerable in our world. If we only grieve but do not grow, we have grieved in vain.

We invite Wake Forest to join in “Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil” on Monday, November 16th, on Hearn Plaza, between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. We invite you to walk, to contemplate, to pray, and to keep vigil both now and as we continue to live our lives.  We will not let the lives lost to terror be only a memory, but a catalyst towards individual and collective growth.  Periodically throughout the day Wait Chapel will be open for facilitated prayer gatherings. We welcome those who practice prayer to gather at scheduled times to pray for the victims, the families of the victims, the enactors of terror, and their families. We gather Pro Humanitate.

Prayer Gatherings in Wait Chapel:

11:00 am – Led by Catholic Community/Liz Orr

Noon – Led by Chaplain Tim Auman

1:00 pm – Led by Episcopal Student Fellowship/James Franklin

2:00 pm – Led by Jewish Community/Gail Bretan

4:00 pm – Led by K. Monet Rice-Jalloh in the Black Church Tradition


Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.

Office of the Chaplain