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Welcome to the parents, family and, most importantly, the Cadet Recruits of the Class of 2019.   You are about to embark on a challenging journey that will test your strength of mind, body and spirit.  Catholic Campus Ministry is here to help you during this journey and to guide you in the Faith of the Catholic Church - to avail you of the source of all our strength that comes to us from Christ Jesus our Saviour in the gift of the Eucharist - that heavenly food that is the Bread of Life - the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, that he gave for us to strengthen us in this world as we strive in our daily lives to give Him witness and to follow Him.  May our witness be a source of blessing for The Citadel family and this campus.

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.


There are several opportunities for Catholic Campus Ministry at The Citadel for Cadets to participate in during the Fall Semester.  Some of these are times sensitive so if you are interested in attending please contact Fr. Willey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.  Scholarship monies are available to aid students who might otherwise be unable to attend most of these events.  This semester promises to be very exciting.  Take advantage of what Catholic Campus Ministry has to offer! 

Fall 2015 Diocesan-wide College Catholic Ministry Opportunities
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18 - 19 September (7:00pm to 4:00pm) in Orangeburg, SC



2 - 3 October in Greenville, SC


2 - 4 October in New Haven, CT


23 - 24 October at Camp Sewee - just off Hwy 17 between Georgetown and Charleston, SC 


13 - 14 October at the Poor Clares Monastery in Travelers Rest, SC

 Sunday MASS Schedule for


06 September 2015 - Sunday Mass - at 7:00pm in Summerall Chapel. 

13 September 2015 - Sunday Mass - at 7:00pm in Summerall Chapel. 

20 September 2015 - Sunday Mass - at 7:00pm in Summerall Chapel.

27 September 2015 - Sunday Mass - at 7:00pm in Summerall Chapel.

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 andthe 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!