Our Mission Statement

***The Chaplains’ Office asks that you continue to wear a mask to any service offered by the Chaplains’ Office.  Thank you! ***


Introducing visionTMC!
An effort to reimagine the potential of Thompson Memorial ChapelvisionTMC is a study of Thompson Memorial Chapel to understand how the building is used today and imagine how it could become a more equitable and accessible interfaith space in the future. Whether you identify with a particular faith tradition or not, we want to hear how the chapel can be a space for you. Please share your perspective here: https://forms.office.com/r/HwAig6yp48

Chaplains’ Office Mission Statement

The Chaplains’ role at Williams is to encourage growth in the spiritual and moral dimensions of human wholeness alongside the College’s attention to growth in the intellectual, physical, emotional, and psychological dimensions of person-hood.  The Chaplains are available to serve all students, faculty, staff, and the broader Williams community—inclusive of those with faith, those who claim no faith, and all who seek deeper meaning in life.

  • Providing pastoral support and spiritual care, opportunities for meaning making and personal discovery and companionship amidst emerging questions and quests;
  • Nurturing the vitality of campus communities of refection, spiritual practice, and worship, supporting students who participate and lead them; and
  • Promoting courageous, candid, and transformative dialogue among religious communities and between theologies and other disciplines of intellectual life.

This Spring semester, we will be available to meet with students either online, social distanced walks or meetings on Spring Street. We are also supporting the Religious and Spiritual Life Groups who host gatherings that are open to everyone.  The Chaplains and the Ministry Coordinators are also hosting small groups for reflection, sacred text study, prayer and worship services. This year, some of these gatherings will focus on issues related to our current living situation. And often our program ideas come from students! Please visit our website https://chaplain.williams.edu/ for more information about these programs or email us if you have an idea for a book discussion or a sacred text study. We are particularly concerned with how our current COVID 19 crisis is affecting you — please reach out to us and we will also reach out to you as best as we can. Do not hesitate to call, this is why we are here. 

The best way to reach us is through email. For more information about signing up for appointments, please visit https://chaplain.williams.edu/resources/virtual-meetings-with-the-chaplains/,

The Chaplains’ Office team:
The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Chaplain to the College, Protestant Chaplain
413-517-5364 Cell
413-597-2483 Office

Rabbi Seth Wax, Jewish Chaplain
413-597-2483 Office

Bridget Power, Catholic Chaplain
[email protected]​.edu
413-597-2483 Office

Aseel Abulhab, Interim Muslim Program Coordinator
[email protected]
413-597-2483 Office or 413-597-2258 Jenness House

Rose Wallent, Administrative Coordinator
[email protected]​.edu
413-597-2483 Office

The Chaplains’ Office ᐧ Paresky Center ᐧ  Room 205 ᐧ 39 Chapin Hall Drive
413 597-2483 (office)