Office of the Chaplain
Albright supports and encourages the exploration of religion, faith and moral values as part of a liberal arts education. The College has a longstanding affiliation with the United Methodist Church and its historical precursors and embraces their ideal of “practical divinity” – an active engagement with others that seeks justice and liberty, presumes the equal dignity of all persons, and values service. Albright is a highly ecumenical community that supports the spiritual life of those of all faiths and those having no faith tradition. Through the chaplain’s office, the College seeks to provide opportunities in which students can reflect upon religious and moral questions and issues. The cardinal virtues of respect, openness and tolerance are considered essential ingredients in any dialogue about the meaning and significance of the various religious traditions. The chaplain is also available for individual student counseling on personal and religious concerns.
The Rev. Paul Clark ’73
Office: Memorial Chapel
Located at 1811 Linden Street, the Multifaith Center is a shared space where people of all faith traditions can gather for worship, quiet reflection, meetings and group activities. There is a large room on the first floor and several smaller rooms on the second floor.
In addition to providing a space where the many different faith traditions on campus can gather, the goal of the Multifaith Center is to encourage interaction among different religious groups so they can appreciate one another and work together. It is also used to reach students who may not have any particular interest in formal religion, but want to be part of conversations and discussions of serious topics. The goal is to be open to people of faith as well as to people of no faith, and to be a safe place to explore issues.
Student Religious Organizations
In addition to the work of the chaplain’s office, student religious groups representing the Jewish, Protestant and Catholic traditions offer a variety of means through which students can explore personal and social issues of faith. Weekly Protestant and Catholic worship services are offered on campus for students and other members of the College community.
Albright College Newman Association Catholic Campus Ministry
Sunday Confessions, 6 p.m.
Sunday Mass, 6:30 p.m., Kachel Chapel located in Teel Hall
Reverend Richard C. Brensinger is a native of Berks County. He attended grade school at Most Blessed Sacrament (Bally) and high school at Central Catholic (Reading). Father Rich graduated from Alvernia with a double major in Theology/Philosophy and Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. Before entering the seminary he taught fifth grade at Saint Francis of Assisi School (Allentown). Called to the priesthood he started seminary at Mary Immaculate Seminary (Northampton) and finished at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (Philadelphia) where he received his Masters of Divinity.
Since his ordination in 1992, Father Rich has ministered as an Associate Pastor at Notre Dame Parish (Bethlehem), Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish (Sinking Spring), Sacred Heart Parish (West Reading), Saint Patrick Parish (Pottsville), Saint Ann Parish (Emmaus), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Bethlehem). Father was also called upon to use his educational background as Director of Spiritual Activities and Professor at Pius X High School (Bangor) and Marian Catholic High School (Tamaqua).
Additionally, Father has been assigned as Pastor of the following communities before being named Catholic Chaplain at Albright College and Kutztown University: Annunciation B.V.M. Parish (Shenandoah), Saint Mary Parish (Ringtown), Saint Mary Magdalen Parish (Lost Creek), Saint George Parish (Shenandoah), Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Shenandoah), All Saints Parish (McAdoo) and Saint Joseph Parish (Sheppton).