The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


The Catholic Chaplaincy to the Citadel

 Catholic Campus Ministry at
The Citadel 


The Citadel Newman Club

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Gerald Ogier, Citadel Class of 1965, has issued a challenge to the Catholic Alumni of The Citadel – he will match 2 for 1 every dollar given to The Citadel Catholic Alumni Endowment at The Citadel Foundation. Gerry is a strong supporter of Catholic Campus Ministry at The Citadel and he knows how important this endowment is to the future for maintaining a strong Catholic presence on campus. Gerry has made a significant gift already to this effort but he is willing to do more. For every dollar contributed Gerry will contribute two dollars. Thus your $100 dollar gift will be matched by $200 dollars from him, for a total gift of $300 to the endowment.  That triples your gift! You may give at: Our long term goal is to raise 1 Million dollars and currently we have $540,000 and change in the endowment. With the Ogier Challenge we can add significantly to this total. Please make your donation today! Thank you!!!

Our Mission!

Catholic Campus Ministry at The Citadel and The Citadel Newman Club are here to help all members of The Citadel Family to grow in faith during their time on campus. We strive to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our daily lives and to adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We hope and pray that you will find a spiritual home in the Catholic Community while here at The Citadel.

 Sunday MASS Schedule for

APRIL & MAY 2016

03 April 2016 - NO Sunday Mass.

10 April 2016 - Sunday Mass in Summerall Chapel at 7:00pm

17 April 2016 - Sunday Mass in Summerall Chapel at 7:00pm.

24 April 2016 - Sunday Mass in Summerall Chapel at 7:00pm.

01 May 2016 - Sunday Mass in Summerall Chapel at 7:00pm. 

Summer Furlough begins at The Citadel on 7 May.  There are NO SUNDAY MASSES at The Citadel during Summer Furlough.  Students, faculty and staff who remain in Charleston for May Mester and Summer 1 & 2 Sessions, CLI and other programs are encouraged to attend Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Church at 9:00 and 11:15am on Sundays.

Sacred Heart Church is located at 888 King Street, on the corner of King and Huger Streets. The church is 7/10's of a mile from The Citadel campus.  St. Patrick's Church is located at 134 St. Philip Street, on the corner of St. Philip St. and Radcliffe St.

Monthly Mass Schedules for the following month will be posted at the end of the current month.

Office Hours.

Fr. Willey is generally in his office, room 350 of Mark Clark Hall, from 1300 to 1800, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Appointments can be made by contacting him through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at the Office number: 843.953.7693 or on his cell phone: 843.834.5447.

Catholic Bible Study and Monday Night Meetings

Our Catholic Bible Study on Thursday Nights and the Catholic Monday Night meetings are ongoing this semester.  All are welcome to attend these meetings. The Bible Study focuses on the Catholic approach to interpreting Sacred Scripture – a threefold approach that is based in Sacred Scripture, the Magisterium, and Sacred Tradition. Our Catholic Monday Night meetings focus on a program to help Catholics become stronger in their faith life.  All of our meetings are filled with fellowship, fun, good food, and most importantly the sharing of our Catholic Faith.  Meetings are held in the Pipe Band Rehearsal Room in Coward Mess Hall.

Sacramental Preparation and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)!

Catholics needing to be Confirmed and those wishing to become Catholic or to return to Full Communion in the Catholic Church are encouraged to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults on Thursdays evenings from 1815 to 1930 in the Catholic Office, room 350 of Mark Clark Hall.  Deacon (Professor) Rosenblum leads the class each week.  All persons interested should contact him at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  All are welcome!  

Fr. Willey’s office

Did you know that Fr. Willey’s office on the third floor of Mark Clark Hall, room 350, is a safe haven for freshmen cadets and includes a Eucharistic Chapel? Fr. Willey invites all cadets to come to his office for prayer, relaxation, fellowship and good food. Come in and take a nap in the chapel or simply relax and talk. All are welcome!

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus, Citadel Council 6900’s General Meetings are held every Monday from 1150 to 1250 and are regularly attended by 65 to 70 Cadets. Open to all Confirmed Catholic Cadets and those interested in becoming Catholic, the Knights offer a wide range of service and social attivities. The Council has already celebrated a 1st and 2nd Degree this year and plans to celebrate at least one more next semester. To attend the lunch meeting cadets MUST be on special orders. To be placed on Special Orders you must contact the Grand Knight, Cadet Downey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fr. Willey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up in Fr. Willey’s office on the 3rd floor of Mark Clark Hall, room 350.


All baptized and confirmed Catholics are obligated to attend Sunday Mass. It is both a precept of the Church and Church law that Catholics must worship God on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation by participating in the Holy Mass. This follows from the fact that in the Mass it is Christ Himself who worships the Father, joining our worship to His. In no other way is it possible to adequately give thanks (eucharistia) to God for the blessings of creation, redemption and our sanctification than by uniting our offerings to that of Jesus Christ Himself. Following the example of the Old Covenant the Church does this weekly, on the day of the Lord's Resurrection. Since a "grave cause" is needed to excuse one from this obligation it would be a serious or mortal sin to willfully skip Mass on Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation, as the Church has always taught. Reasons such as the necessity to work to support one's family, child care, personal sickness or the care of the sick, necessary travel etc. would excuse a person on a particular occasion. Those who have continuing reason to be excused should consult their pastor. This Sunday Mass obligation can not be fulfilled at a service of any other Christian denomination. Catholics are not to receive communion at Protestant services of any kind.

A much younger Cadet Willey's knob year photo - taken 35 years ago:


The Rev. Dennis B. Willey at 19 years old and a freshmen cadet at The Citadel in his yearbook picture from the Fall of 1980!

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