What is a chaplain?


  • can be religious or secular
  • accompany and support people through specific seasons of their lives (e.g.,college, military, etc.)
  • are motivated by their own faith and/or ethical system and are trained and often ordained within a specific tradition, but serve in an interfaith capacity
  • provide spiritual care and support in times of crisis and in other times as well
  • provide a safe place to ask questions, to be heard, to explore issues of faith, spirituality, values, and personal identity.

Chaplains at Trinity College…

  • accommodate the prayer and worship needs of the community
  • provide opportunities for interfaith dialogue
  • serve in a confidential capacity for pastoral counseling, including for Title IX
  • provide opportunities for intellectual engagement with religion, faith, and spirituality
  • collaborate with Student and Community Life, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Human Resources to ensure the religious/spiritual needs of the community are met.

In this section, you’ll find more information about our Spiritual and Religious Life Team as well as all of the spaces that enable us to support the rich diversity of our community.