Dear Member of the Class of 2019:

Welcome to Wesleyan University!  On behalf of the Catholic Student Organization (“CSO”) and the broader Catholic community here at Wesleyan, I want to welcome you to campus and invite you to participate in our faith community.  Whether you are an active church-goer, an “A & P Catholic” (Ashes and Palm only), a “fallen away” Catholic, or an “I don’t know who or what I am Catholic,” you are most welcome to join our community of students, faculty, and staff  who seek to grow intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually.

I am sure that your excitement about starting college is mixed with some anxiety and, perhaps, a few “butterflies.”  You are not alone!  The CSO and Catholic community are here to help.  Our goal is to assist you, no matter who you are, in becoming the best possible person you were called by God to be.

Like you, I am just starting out at “Wes” as the newly appointed University Catholic Chaplain.  Although I have worked as a priest, attorney, college professor, and campus minister for many years, I, too, am somewhat anxious, but very excited, about being here.  I invite you to join me, your classmates, and friends for Sunday brunch on September 6th at 11:00 A.M. in Allbritton Center 311 and for the celebration of the opening Mass later that evening in Memorial Chapel at 8:00 P.M.  This will be a great opportunity for us to meet, get the “butterflies” in formation, celebrate both food and faith, and make new friends.  I hope to see you there.  If you cannot make it, please do not hesitate to join us throughout the year.

We are here for YOU!

With best wishes and blessings,

“Father Bill”


Rev. William J. Wallace, O.S.A., J.D.

University Catholic Chaplain

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Wesleyan University      

169 High Street, Room 205

Middletown, CT 06459-3217

(860) 685-2285


Drop-in Hours:

Monday:  3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Tuesday:  2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Wednesday:  12:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Thursday:  3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Or by appointment.


Ubi Caritas, Deus Ibi Est. Where charity and love prevails there God is ever found.
-Ancient Hymn

Let us leave the surface, and, without leaving the world, plunge into God.
-Teilhard de Chardin

Give your bread to the poor in such a way that they will not hate you for it.
Vincent de Paul