Religious Life

Welcome to the Office of Religious Life

The Office of Religious Life (ORL) supports all members of the Princeton University community, of any religious identity or of none, in answering for themselves their own questions of how to find meaning and how to live. We provide, or support, religious services in various traditions and denominations for the University and the broader Princeton community. We offer pastoral counseling, interfaith dialogue, fellowship opportunities, meditation, yoga, performances of sacred music, lectures and panels, conferences, and trips abroad to learn about religion and social change. We explore the intersection of religion with many contemporary issues, such as forced migration and the refugee crisis, mental health, racial justice, gender identities, and other critical public conversations of the day, often in partnership with other offices, departments, or organizations.  Located in Murray-Dodge Hall in the center of campus, this warm inviting space houses the deans and staff of the Office of Religious Life as well as a number of campus ministries. Murray-Dodge Hall provides a much-loved community space where we serve cookies and tea every day to anyone who wants to stop by, along with spaces for prayer, meetings, programs, and quiet study. Open daily during the academic year.  Please see the University's Visitor Policy for the latest information about visiting campus.

Murray-Dodge Hall

Murray-Dodge Hall

Featured Events

Chamber Concert: Mostly Mendelssohn
Fri, Jun 2, 2023, 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Chamber Meditations

On March 8, the Office of Religious Life hosted "Chamber Meditations: Guided Breathwork and Ambient Sound Healing" in the Chapel.

Silent Vigil

In early 2021 the Office of Religious Life created a memorial to the growing number of people, beloved by Princetonians, who were dying of Covid.  This video captures the first stage of that project.  May their memory be a blessing.


Alison Boden and the ORL staff

ORL YouTube Channel

Check out our Office of Religious Life YouTube Channel to see our prayerful reflections, weekly Sunday services, After Noon Concert Series, Music Meditation and other offerings from our office. 

News & Announcements

ORL's Hidden Chaplain Initiative Featured in The New Yorker

The ORL’s Hidden Chaplains initiative was featured in The New Yorker! Started by Dean Matt Weiner and Kyle Berlin ‘18 five years ago, the Hidden Chaplains program allows students to identify and honor those people on campus whose quiet generosity and care brighten their days. You can read the full article

The ORL's Compassionate Listening Corps Initiative

This semester, the Office of Religious is hosting a series of compassionate listening training sessions for Campus Life staff who expressed interest in expanding knowledge of how to meet the needs of students and colleagues with compassion, confidence, and expertise. Through the Compassionate Listening Corps, the Office of Religious Life seeks…

Christmas Eve Worship Service

Join us in the magnificent University Chapel for a very special candlelit Christmas Eve Worship Service with Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. With seasonal music provided by the Chapel community choir, chamber orchestra, University Organist Eric Plutz, and Director…

About the Office of Religious Life