RIT campus ministries collection
Scope and Contents
The collection also contains information on the Center for Religious Life. This includes planning documents for an interfaith center; such as a square footage and estimated cost proposal and a campus land use map; correspondence related to the interfaith center; and a record book of pledged donations.
In addition, the collection contains a few pieces of correspondence. Most of the correspondence is in regard to upcoming programs, such as an on-campus Bible study. There is also some correspondence about new altar furnishings given to RIT's Department of Ministries by the Women's Council in 1970. Finally, the collection contains a few miscellaneous documents describing the religious services on campus prior to 1985, as well as a clippings file.
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Historical Information: RIT campus ministries
We believe religion is one of the great forces of the world and that our students should continue and strengthen the religious ties they have made in their homes and in their communities. Although we believe the churches have the prime responsibility in promoting religious activities, we are deeply interested in the growth of the students' spiritual life and encourage and promote regular programs on campus.
At RIT, groups such as the Religious Activities Council and the school chaplaincy helped arrange programs and address the spiritual needs of the student body. Yet by the 1980s, the campus ministry program was in need of expansion.
During the early 1980s, a new religious center was proposed. Father Gerald Appelby, Coordinator of Campus Ministries, explained that the current facilities at RIT were inadequate for accommodating the needs of the 800-900 students, faculty, and staff members looking to worship on campus. Appelby spoke of the need for a "Sacred Place," where people could gather, talk, worship, and reflect on spiritual issues. With the help of Alfred Davis, Vice President for Development and Public Relations, RIT was able to secure the funds to build a new interfaith center. Named for its donors, the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Interfaith Center was dedicated in 1985. In addition to the Allen Chapel, the center's primary worship space, the center included the Jones Chapel that could be used for meditation and an ablution station for "ritual washing."
As of 2011, the Center for Religious Life continues to support the spiritual needs of the RIT community by organizing events and providing access to the interfaith center, college chaplains, and various student groups and organizations.
0.8 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)
- Baptist Student Union (Rochester Institute of Technology)
- Catholic Campus Parish (Rochester Institute of Technology)
- Catholic college students -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Christian college students -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- College chaplains -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- College students -- Religious life -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Fliers (printed matter)
- Hillel Foundation (Rochester Institute of Technology)
- Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (Rochester Institute of Technology)
- Jewish college students -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Lutheran Campus Ministry (Rochester Institute of Technology)
- Muslim Students' Association (Rochester Institute of Technology)
- Muslim students -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Rochester Institute of Technology. Center for Religious Life
- Rochester Institute of Technology. Center for Religious Life. Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Interfaith Center
- Schmitt, Caroline F.
- Schmitt, Kilian J.
- RIT campus ministries collection
- RIT Archives
- Lara Nicosia
- 18 January 2011
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