The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life

Welcome!

The mission of every Chaplain is to make available pastoral care and advice for students, staff, faculty, and alumni, and to to increase religious literacy within the Brown community. This can happen through:

  • individual or group counsel
  • interventions in emergencies (both academic and personal)
  • programming on critical spiritual themes or concerns
  • presiding at key life rituals

The latter includes everything from weekly services to weddings/unions, baptism/blessing of children, and memorial or funeral rites. The composite of the chaplains' work in this area includes care for many hundreds of community members. We seek to ensure that a diversity of beliefs have voice and vitality throughout the University community. 

Please feel free to explore our site. Brown community members may send questions and requests for counsel, support, information or prayer by email to [email protected] or by calling 401-863-2344. 

Find out what's happening in the OCRL and related offices.

Need additional support? Check out more resources available on campus


Our Chaplains

The Chaplains are available in-person and remotely during office hours, or by appointment. They are always available to care for the University community (students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae) and may be contacted at any hour through Brown's Office of Public Safety, 401-863-3322.

Chaplains Contact Information & Bio Office Hours

The Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson

Chaplain of the University

[email protected] 

401-863-2344

More about Janet  

Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.mPage Robinson Hall, Suite 410

To schedule an appointment outside this time, e-mail [email protected] 

Imam Amir A. Toft

Associate Chaplain of the University for the Muslim Community

[email protected]

401-863-1820

More about Amir

Informal Office Hours: Stop by for as little or as long as you like to check in or just chat. Freshly brewed tea, and maybe some tea treats, will usually be on offer. Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

Page-Robinson Hall, Room 417

For more personal matters, or just to speak one on one, please email me to schedule a meeting. 

*Due to the Ramadan fast, tea will not be available on April 6, 13, 20, 27

Father Edmund McCullough, O.P.

Associate Chaplain of the University for the Catholic Community

[email protected]

410-292-2514

More about Fr. Edmund

Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Page-Robinson Hall, Room 415

Email or call to schedule a time to chat with Fr. Edmund outside of office hours.

Reverend Delphain Demosthenes

Associate Chaplain of the University for the Protestant Community

 

[email protected]

401.863.2344 (OCRL Office)

More about Del

Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m. Page-Robinson Hall, Room 414

Christina Germak

Campus Minister, Brown-RISD Catholic Community

 

[email protected]

401-863-3314

More about Christina

Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Page-Robinson Hall, Room 413