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58. St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale

Published: March 30, 2020

How do you stay connected with college students when everyone is learning at home for the semester? What are the creative ways in which colleges can remain connected to students? On Today’s show, Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend meets with members of the senior team at the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University who are doing just that. Jim is joined by Fr. Ryan Lerner, Chaplain; Joseph Connolly, Executive Director; Sr. Jenn Schaaf, OP, Assistant Chaplain; and Robin J. McShane, Director of Communications.

The St. Thomas More Chapel and Center

Today, Saint Thomas More Chapel (renovated in 2008) and Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Center (built in 2006) are award-winning, magnificent spaces that exemplify our ministry’s commitment to excellence. More than just a beautiful building, The Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Center is a statement that Catholic life has come of age on Yale’s campus. The center, designed by world-renowned architect and former Dean of Yale School of Architecture, Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli, is located across from the Pierson gateway.

Today, of the 65% of the new students who returned their religious information cards back to the Yale Chaplain’s Office, an average of 29% self-identified as being Catholic, making Catholicism the single largest religious denomination on Yale’s campus.


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