Capital Campaign for the Brown-RISD Catholic Center
Help Us Reach Our Goal
We are establishing a Catholic Center near campus in order to affirm and strengthen Catholic identity at Brown and RISD. The Center will provide a home-away-from-home for students where they can congregate and invite their peers. We seek to forge a generation of spiritual leaders in the Church and in the world for decades to come.
Growing & Deepening...TOGETHER
The BRCC is seeing remarkable growth in the depth of student engagement, and many students are seeking a space that is explicitly and intentionally Catholic in its orientation. The absence of a Catholic Center for Brown & RISD is conspicuous, relative to other religious, ethnic, and other identity-based groups on campus and relative to Catholic ministries at most of our peer institutions.
Our Need for a Catholic Center
While we intend to continue using Brown's Manning Chapel as our principal liturgical space, a Catholic Center will be regularly used for large fellowship gatherings, small group meetings and activities and functions that are currently dispersed across campus.
A Center will provide...
A dedicated chapel large enough for weekday Masses as well as informal individual and communal prayer throughout the day.
Gathering space for events like brunch after Sunday Mass: expansive, comfortable, and welcoming.
Room for our 10+ Bible study groups, meditation groups, and individual contemplative environment available with no scheduling conflicts.
Increased possibilities for relationship-building among a diverse student body, and between grad and undergrad students.
Inviting space to foster and increase student activity and engage those who don't come to Mass.
Our Target Space - The Future Catholic Center
The ideal home for the Brown-RISD Catholic Center sits on the corner of Prospect & Angell Streets, conveniently located between Brown & RISD, close to both Manning Chapel and Brown's Office of Chaplains & Religious Life. It boasts
- ample space for community gatherings
small group meeting rooms
a modern kitchen
beautiful outdoor space
room to build a chapel
energy efficient systems
little need for renovation