Spiritual Care Facilitator

Spiritual Support

Spiritual health is about so much more than religion. Spirituality involves pursuing answers to key questions like: 'Who am I? Why am I here? What's the point?' It's the foundation of overall health and well-being. The Spiritual Care Facilitator at St. Lawrence College, is available to all students, regardless of denomination, faith tradition or spiritual conviction. We want to walk alongside you as you seek meaning in life, heal from past hurts, and figure out what comes next. We're here to encourage, support, and cheer you on.

What is our role at SLC?

  • To nurture the spiritual health of SLC students by providing a safe space to ask big questions about self, purpose, and the future.
  • To create a welcoming, non-judgmental, safe space for students on all our campuses regardless of beliefs or background.
  • To help build a community where students can thrive, belong, be unconditionally accepted, grow, and be encouraged.
  • To provide information about and connections to College and local faith communities.
  • To provide one-on-one mentoring, encouragement and support for students struggling with any and all issues.
  • To partner with other SLC services to ensure student success and wellness.

Kathy Doering is our SLC Spiritual Care Facilitator. Kathy is an Associate Pastor at Living Waters Anglican Fellowship in Kingston and has a B.A. (Hon), B.Ed. and M.Ed. in Counseling. Kathy runs small groups, provides one-on-one support and mentoring to students at SLC tri-campus. Perhaps most importantly, when we’re not remote, she always has candy in her office! 

How Can We Help?

Huddle Groups

Huddles are small groups of 2 to 4 students and a leader who will meet weekly, online or in person as able. Organized around students’ needs, preferences, and schedules, huddle groups provide a safe and friendly space where individuals can give and receive support. Huddles build resilience and self-determination as students are provided with encouragement, opportunities to reflect, and a weekly check-in. There are different types of huddles depending on what you’re looking for:

  • THRIVE Huddles: a safe space to ponder life's challenges and make friends
  • Faith-based Huddles to make friends, ponder life’s questions, AND explore your personal faith and beliefs

One-on-One Support

The Spiritual Care Facilitator is here to help you thrive during your time at SLC. We would love to connect with you one-on-one to provide you with support and encouragement during your college experience.

Accommodation of Religious Observances

The Faith, Culture, and Social Justice Calendar has been designed and informed by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). This calendar highlights multifaith observances, cultural holidays, and social justice days of significance to our SLC community to further support and advance the College’s value of Belonging.

Some of these religious observances may require that the practicing student, staff, or faculty member fast, abstain from work or study, or participate in all-day or fixed-time activities, such as congregational prayer. 

In fall 2021, Policy AC836: Academic Accommodations for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances Policy was introduced. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), SLC faculty and employees are required to accommodate students’ rights to practice their individual faith observances.