Being in college can bring with it many struggles, both past and present, expected or unexpected, and addressing them in a spiritual context may be helpful. Pastoral Counseling embraces the Jesuit principle of cura personalis – care for the whole person – by integrating mental health counseling with one's spirituality or faith tradition.

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Pastoral Counseling continues to be available to students during COVID-19, using phone or video meetings. In-person meetings may be possible in certain circumstances with appropriate physical distancing requirements. Campus Ministry is committed to providing a welcoming environment for all members of the BC community, fully recognizing and valuing all identities, beliefs, and experiences. Especially in the context of this unprecedented climate of ongoing uncertainty, shared social and racial trauma, and increased vigilance, we encourage students to seek support from our staff.

Highlighted Programs


Axios is a welcoming and affirming space for undergraduate students of the LGBTQ+ community and those who are questioning their sexuality to discuss the impact of religion and spirituality in their lives

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Center is a free, 6-week spiritual mindfulness group. With guidance and support, each week we’ll learn a distinct and accessible meditative practice and spiritual outlook to deepen our relationship with each other and ourselves.

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Together is a student-centered grief support group at Boston College. It’s an opportunity for anyone carrying grief at BC to get to see that they’re far from alone in this experience.

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Pregnancy Resources

The Boston College community is here to support students expecting a child. We hold the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of a woman, the child, and those who care about them, in a strong network of support.

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About Pastoral Counseling

What is Pastoral Counseling?

Pastoral counseling is a form of therapy that gives special attention to the role that spirituality plays in a person’s mental health and overall well-being. Rick is happy to consult on any issues to find the best fit for addressing whatever might be necessary. Rick works with a social work graduate student who is also available to meet.

Contact Rick by email, phone, or in-person to set-up an appointment or to refer someone:
(617) 552-6592
McElroy 227

You may also find value in starting a conversation with one of our campus ministers, who can be a resource in discussing life’s joys, struggles, and big questions. Campus ministers can provide private spaces for these conversations and can be great starting points to work with you in figuring out where to go from here.


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Rick joined Campus Ministry at BC in 2002. Over the years, he has worked with many Campus Ministry programs including Kairos, 4Boston, the Ignatian Society, and the Manresa Retreat. Rick is a trained spiritual director and has also been a BC SANet Advocate since 2005. He completed his degree and licensure for clinical social work in 2015, and coordinates BC’s grief support, including Grief Group meetings. More information can be found in the Support Groups section.

Adjustment Issues
Academic Stress/Questions
Life Transitions
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
Stress Management
Family issues