Catholic Campus Ministry


UMDCCM LogoWe welcome you to the Catholic Community at UMass Dartmouth!

Catholic Campus Ministry is the "parish" for students at UMass Dartmouth. We provide opportunities for students to celebrate the sacraments, learn more about the Catholic faith, put faith into practice through service and engaging the culture.

As spiritual leaders, we seek to be a presence for students on campus.  In addition to meeting students, faculty and staff for appointments or "drop ins" at our office, we also are a listening ear to the student who comes up to us in the dining hall, in the hallway, coffee shop, food cart or while we are crossing campus.

All are welcome here, regardless of personal history, background, race, age, orientation, etc.. You are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected here at Catholic Campus Ministry!

You can reach us at 508.999.8872. We are located in Room 202 on the second floor of the campus center.


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If you did not complete the religious preference card during orientation, you may register online by clicking here


Mass Schedule

  • Sundays -  7:00pm - (in the Blue and Gold Room on the ground floor of the campus center (next to the bookstore.))
  • Thursdays at 5:00 pm at Newman House Chapel, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth (1500 feet west of the campus entrance)

Campus Ministers

Fr. David Frederici
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Deacon Frank Lucca
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Campus Ministry Programming (Visit our website for details)

Retreats - UMass Dartmouth is a Charis Ministries Partner location, offering a number of Charis Retreats each year. A Charis Retreat is a peer-oriented retreat for young adults to explore their relationship with God. The Seekers' Retreat is offered in the fall, and the Jesus - Who Do You Say That I Am? Retreat is held in the Spring.  In addition to the three day Charis Retreats, we also offer one day retreats and twice annually, we offer the Busy Student's Retreat.

Bible Sharing - These groups provide an opportunity for students to gather weekly with the same group of peers, sharing their faith and reflecting on scripture and the presence of God in your lives. 

2:42ers/Small Christian Communities - A small Christian community is a group of six to eight that gather on a regular schedule—for fellowship, encouragement, spiritual growth and evangelistic outreach.

reVERB - The mission of ReVERB is to bring young adults into relationship with Christ through worship of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, study of church teachings and sacred scripture and celebrations of Catholic traditions, while forming a community of life-giving relationships.

Catholic 101- Designed for students who want to  enrich their understanding of  the fullness and beauty of our Catholic Faith. 

Jeremiah’s Journey  - participate in monthly spiritual direction as well as 3-4 afternoon sessions offered throughout the semester on aspects of discernment and information on various vocations.  

The Peer Minister Leadership Institute is a five session training program (held in the Spring and early Fall) designed to prepare our student leaders to live out the Gospel message through outreach to the student body.

Catholic Corsair Outreach - Students may enhance and enrich their faith during their time at UMass Dartmouth by getting involved with community outreach through UMass Dartmouth Catholic Campus Ministry. Rooted in Catholic social teaching,  our vision for community engagement is to minister to the marginalized in both our local and the greater global community, working toward social justice in all corners of the world. We operate a soup kitchen monthly, and support programs at local Catholic schools and My Brother's Keeper as well as on campus can and clothing drives..

ESTEEM is a collaborative effort between the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, the St. Thomas More Catholic Center & Chapel at Yale University and other universities across the United States to prepare graduating students for a vibrant life in the Catholic Church following graduation. UMass Dartmouth is only one of 9 universities in the United States piloting the ESTEEM program.

Other Campus Ministry programs

- Weekly Pasta Nights and other social events and trips
- Theology on Tap
- Dead Theologians Society
- Adoration and Applebees
- Heavenly Grounds
- Knights of Columbus College Council
- Relay for Life
- Alternative Spring Break (2016)
- March for Life (Washington, DC)

Newman House

Newman House is funded by the Diocese of Fall River for the use of Catholic Campus Ministry at UMass Dartmouth. Programming is held here, and you are invited to join us on Thursday evenings at 6pm for pasta night and conversation.

Office Hours

Catholic Campus Ministry is located in the The Center for Religous and Spiritual Life, room 202 on the second floor of the Campus Center. We have an open door policy and the office opens daily at 9:00 am except Saturday and Sunday, and before Mass on Sunday evening.


Special Programming for First Year Students

Our Campus Ministry team, including our student members, stand ready to welcome incoming freshman. We offer special high school transition programs that we encourage you to take advantage of. Details may be found here.

During the summer months, UMass Catholic Campus Minstry offers five regional gatherings for incoming freshman. These evening gatherings are an opportunity for incoming freshman to meet the campus ministry team, and to meet other students who will be attending UMass Dartmouth in the fall. We invite incoming freshman to join us for Pizza, fun tips on how to survive your freshman year and to meet fellow UMass Dartmouth students.

Incoming freshman who commit to participaton in Freshman 5 will be invited to arrive on campus early before the official move-in date. This will give them an opportunity to settle in and to meet other Catholic students. They will participate in the NOVUS program for our incoming Catholic freshman.

Freshman 5 is a five-week faith sharing program for UMass Dartmouth freshman. The groups meet weekly with members of our peer ministry leadership team for five weeks. These groups may continue past the first five weeks should the students decide to continue meeting.