Continuing Worship Traditions.
For all students, being able to continue to worship, pray, and adhere to their religious beliefs is extremely important for several reasons. The most important thing is for them to be able to follow their faith. But having a place to worship on or near campus allows them to meet other students and have a Rabbi, Minister, Bishop or Priest to turn to should they need spiritual guidance. FAU is a very diverse campus. At or around FAU, there are places to worship, regardless of your students’ faith.
During the spring semester of my daughter’s freshman year, the Easter season was rapidly approaching. Being that we are Catholic, this time of year is very important to our family. The first holiday of the season is celebrated on a Wednesday, so she was unable to come home. So, she did what many other students do; she sought out the help of the Catholic student organization on campus and attended mass with them. To keep the family traditions of worship there are many religious and spiritual organizations at FAU.
Here is a list of those organizations:
- Catholic Newman Club: Located next to the Student Union, The Catholic Newman club holds 2 Masses a week and confession times.
- St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church:
Located at 370 SW 3rd Street. St. Joan of Arc is a popular Catholic church in Boca Raton, holding several mass times each week. St. Joan of Arc also has a young adult ministry, geared toward college students, called “The Light”. The Light meets every first and third Monday for fellowship and worship.
- Connected Life Christian Church: 2500 NW Boca Raton BLVD. This nondenominational church has an on-campus club, Connected Life Christian Club.
- The Journey Church: 336 Spanish River Blvd. The Journey Church holds two services on Sundays at 9:30 and 11 am at Grandview Prep School (address above).
- Disciples on Campus: The Disciples on Campus are a registered student organization that is committed to living a life for Christ on campus. They participate in various service and discipleship projects each year.
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship: Non-denominational registered student organization found on several college campuses across the US. Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is dedicated to spreading the word of God, discipleship with others, and participating in missions around the world.
- Calvary Chapel 1551 W Camino Real. Calvary Chapel is a large church with many locations across South Florida. Calvary has a College Student Ministry, Eikon, which meets weekly on Wednesdays at 8:30. Calvary Chapel is also partnered with the registered student organization CalvaryFAU.
- St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church: Located at 100 NE Mizner Blvd. Services are held Sunday mornings at 8 and 10 am.
- There are a few places of worship Jehovah’s followers can attend in Boca Raton and the surrounding cities; some are a distance from FAU. The closest one to the FAU campus is 2001 NW 5th Ave.
- Hillel-A non-profit 50©(3) organization catering to Jewish students. They run Shabbat services at 6:30 pm followed by a free dinner. They hold services during the High Holidays, Passover, and other Jewish holidays.
- Jewish Student Union- The Jewish Student Union is designed to serve Jewish students who wish to connect with other Jewish students and learn more about the cultural and ethnic experience of Jewish Life.
- For FAU students that are Muslim, there is a student organization called the Muslim Student Association. There are several centers in town where Muslims can practice their faith.
- Islamic Center of Boca Raton: 3480 NW 5th Ave. Located just minutes from campus, offering daily prayers. They have a Facebook page with events and information.
- There are several Lutheran churches located near FAU. However, the closest is St. Paul Lutheran. Located about 2 miles from campus at 701 W Palmetto Park Rd. St. Paul Lutheran They have 3 worship times, Saturday evenings at 6 pm, a contemporary service on Sunday at 9 am and finally a traditional service at 10:45 am.
- First United Methodist Church: With a special group for young adults, the group meets weekly. Sunday worships are held in their chapel at 625 NE Mizner Blvd.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – There are three locations in Boca Raton, the closest to FAU is located at 1530 West Camino Real.
- Spanish River Church 2400 Yamato Road. They have partnered with the on-campus student organization Reformed University Fellowship. In addition to this partnership, they have their own college ministry for undergraduate students and young adults that meets weekly for fellowship and monthly for group dinners.
- Grace Community Church 600 West Camino Real. Grace community church has 3 services each Sunday, 2 contemporary and 1 traditional. The church has several different ministries for young adults to join.
For a complete listing of all the spiritual organizations on campus.
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