Quick Contact

The Center for Spiritual Life
Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College

Doug McMahon, Jr.
Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain

Libby Shannon '05
Associate Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain

Father John Gerth
Catholic Campus Ministries

Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Campus Rabbi
Executive Director Suncoast Hillel
Office: 813-899-2788
Office Fax: 813-899-2919

Center for Spiritual Life

Center for Spiritual Life

Other Religious Groups

Catholic Ministries

Here at Eckerd College our Catholic Campus Ministry program is led by Fr. John Gerth, in conjunction with many student leaders. This ministry of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, in partnership with Eckerd College allows for the Sacramental and spiritual growth of our Catholic population here on campus, as well as an opening for anyone of any faith expression to come and pray with us as they feel moved to do so. There are weekend Masses available on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. when classes are in session. The office for the Catholic Chaplain can be found in the Wireman Chapel. Fr. John is available anytime for your spiritual needs. Please feel free to contact him at 727-864-8470 or gerthjh@eckerd.edu

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

OCF is a national, pan-Orthodox, student organization providing worship, prayer, service, and learning opportunities. Rev. Fr. Michael Massouh meets on most Wednesday afternoons for discussion and fellowship. Anyone interested in the Orthodox Christianity is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Campus Ministries at 864-7522.


Eckerd College Hillel, a student organization chartered through the Eckerd College Organization of Students, maintains a vibrant campus presence for Jewish students that is enriched by a strong relationship with Suncoast Hillel.

"The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life provides opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity through its global network of regional centers, campus Foundations and Hillel student organizations. Hillel is working to provoke a renaissance of Jewish life.

Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate . . .students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results."

The College also maintains relationships with Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and other religious communities in the Tampa Bay area to insure that all students have access to resources in support of their spiritual journey.

Mission and Work

Eckerd College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church, USA and is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

The mission and work of the Center are enriched and informed by the Reformed Tradition, while remaining ecumenical and inclusive in focus as the Center seeks to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse academic community.