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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.


The Citadel Corps of Cadets celebrates RECOGNITION DAY on 12 April 2014.  The Class of 2017 will officially complete their 4th Class experience.  Congratulations to all the members of the Class of 2017 and their families and friends who helped them achieve this milestone in their Citadel Career.  For family and friends who would like to attend a Sunday Mass in Charleston before departing for home please join us at Sacred Heart Church, 888 King Street, at 11:15am on Sunday, 13 April.  

Sunday MASS and Holy Week Schedule for

APRIL 2014

06 April 2014 - 1900 in Summerall Chapel

13 April 2014 - 1900 in Summerall Chapel - PASSION SUNDAY

      15 April - Tuesday of Holy Week - 1100 at The Cathedral - Mass of the Holy Oils

      17 April - Holy Thursday - 1900 at Sacred Heart Church - Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

      18 April - Good Friday - 1500 at Sacred Heart Church - Good Friday Service

      19 April - Holy Saturday - 2030 at Sacred Heart Church - The Easter Vigil

20 April 2014 - 1115 at Sacred Heart Church - EASTER SUNDAY - NO MASS ON CITADEL CAMPUS

27 April 2014 - 1900 in Summerall Chapel - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

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.  

Sunday Mass is not held at The Citadel during the summer months. Maymester and Summer I and Summer II students are encouraged to attend the 11:15 AM Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 888 King Street. Sacred Heart is located at the corners of King and Huger Streets - about 7/10s of a mile from Hagood Gate.

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 will resume the first week of this semester. All are welcome to attend. 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 Catholic movies or movies with a spiritual/moral dimension.  All of our meetings are filled with fellowship, fun, good food, and most importantly the sharing of our Catholic Faith.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)!

Congratulations to the nine Cadets and College of Charlestone Students who will be Confirmed at The Easter Vigil this year at Sacred Heart Church!  Cory Payne and Michael Poland are to be received into Full Communion through the Sacraments of Initiation - baptism, confirmation and eucharist.  John Hall, Ryan Abts, Eric Samayoa, Alexander Horne, Christian Sevidal, Fernando Rodriquez and Iliana Simmons are all to be confirmed.  Please keep these nine in your prayers for Holy Week and the Easter Tridduum!

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. This October the Knights participated in 40 Days for Life. The Council has already celebrated a 1st and 2nd Degree this year and plans to celebrate at least one more this 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 Cosgrove 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:


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!