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Catholic Identity


Caldwell University is rooted in the Catholic Dominican traditions and committed to promoting the Gospel message of truth. The Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey founded Caldwell University as Caldwell College in 1939. Also known as the Order of Preachers, the Dominican Order was founded by St. Dominic de Guzman in the 13th century in France.

We embrace an 800 year Dominican heritage which seeks to bring about the message of truth and passion for God through the four pillars of prayer, study, community and service. No pillar stands alone but rather works in conjunction with the others to make the mission of promoting spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic growth a lived reality at Caldwell University. The four pillars give us insight into Dominican spirituality and its flexibility in response to God and the challenges of the day.


Daily Mass is held Monday through Friday at noon in the Sisters of St. Dominic Motherhouse Chapel.

Sunday evening mass begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Mother Joseph Residence Hall Chapel and is followed by a social.

Volunteering opportunities available at the Eucharistic Celebrations include:

  • Music Ministry
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Readers

The special liturgies throughout the school year involve leadership teams from our Athletic teams, our Residence Assistants, our leadership of the Student Government Association, our tutors in the Academic Success program and the leadership of the EOF program. The liturgies are celebrated on the beginning of the school year, the Advent- Christmas liturgy, the feast of Founders Day and the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. These are opportunities for the college community to acknowledge our students and their commitment to the school.


Campus Ministry offers students opportunities to take time off from their “real world” to develop their faith and to build and nurture a faith community with their peers on/off campus. Retreats include presentations by peers on various topics followed with personal reflection and small/large group discussions.


Students, faculty and staff are welcome to this on-campus retreat which sets aside time each day for personal prayer and meeting with a retreat guide. The week-long retreat begins on a Sunday evening at 8:00 P.M. The retreat is usually held during the Lenten season and is a wonderful opportunity to explore one’s relationship with God while being active in campus life.


These weekend retreats are designed to recognize the important life questions which students face, and help students realize that spiritual growth and development is a life journey, a movement through continuous stages, a call to love according to the Gospel.


RCIA, or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, refers to the process by which an individual comes to full membership in the Catholic Christian community.

Full membership is attained by the reception of one or more of the three sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. There are three distinctive features of the RCIA process that set it apart from other forms of religious education and formation programs.

The first feature deals with the community. That is, the entire community takes responsibility for the formation of the adults who wish to join the community. Human experience provides overwhelming evidence that in order to become a full member of any group, the group itself must take a pro-active stance.

The second important feature of the RCIA process is rooted in an understanding of the whole human person as a unity of mind, body, and spirit. As such, RCIA seeks to provide opportunities for members of the Loyola community to be engaged intellectually, social and emotionally, thus allowing for the enlargement of the human spirit.

Thirdly, because RCIA requires serious and sustained attention to the movements of one’s own heart, mind and spirit, it is of primary importance to slow down from our busy, everyday lives to pray and reflect.

Not only the catechumens, but all in the Caldwell community are called to reflect on how they will experience new life through these members. Anyone interested in receiving the Sacraments for the first time is encouraged to contact the Chaplain to learn more about the Catholic faith.

If you wish to participate in any of these opportunities to volunteer your services in the spirit of our Dominican and Catholic Tradition here at Caldwell University, contact the Chaplain’s Office at 973-618-3660.

Father Albert Berner
Campus Minister
Campus Ministry