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Faith, Religion and Spirituality
The U.S. Air Force Academy is proud to offer members the opportunity to worship at two chapels, the Community Center Chapel and the Cadet Chapel. The Community Center Chapel is in the Community Center near the base exchange and commissary, and the Cadet Chapel is in the cadet area. The Community Center Chapel offers programs to permanent party members and their families and the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School. The Cadet Chapel team’s main focus is to provide religious accommodation for cadets. Both chapels offer weekly worship opportunities for the Academy base populace.
COMMUNITY CENTER CHAPEL PROGRAMS
The Community Center Chapel offers services and programs including religious education, Sunday school, children’s church, vacation Bible school, holiday programs, high school youth group, community service projects and mission trips. If you require assistance in finding a place to worship in the local community or if you have specific religious accommodation needs, the chapel staff will be happy to help.
ROMAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
To meet the spiritual needs of our Roman Catholic community and those interested in the Catholic Church, we offer Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults classes from September to Easter. A communal reconciliation service is held twice annually during Advent and Lent. Many lay minister opportunities are available for Catholics in second grade and beyond. Sacramental preparation and celebration occurs throughout the year and can be scheduled by calling the chapel offices.
The Protestant worship service is held every Sunday and includes a blending of the gospel, traditional and contemporary styles. Special worship opportunities, including various social gatherings, are held throughout the year.
COUNSELING AND VISITATION
Community Center chaplains are available 24/7 to assist in meeting spiritual needs. Confidential counseling is available to all permanent party members, dependents, cadet candidates, civilians, contractors and retirees. Chaplains also provide ministry to all units throughout the 10th Air Base Wing, 306 Flying Training Group and Academy Preparatory School. You may call the Community Center Chapel office at 719-333-3300 Monday through Friday during duty hours or the command post at 719-333-2633 after hours.
Catholic and Protestant religious education classes for children, youth, young adults and adults are held Sunday mornings from August to May. Protestant religious education classes are 9 to 10 a.m. and Catholic religious education classes are 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.
A variety of retreats are offered throughout the year. These include special weekends and workshops for teens, singles, married couples, airmen and Preparatory School students, all focused on developing healthy relationships and resiliency tools.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (SPIRE)
During the academic year, a variety of religious education classes are available to all cadets, including Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and Earth-centered religious studies. Cadets may freely choose to attend any of the classes.
The Protestant cadet community offers multiple ministry classes centering on God’s word and its implementation in one’s daily life.
The Catholic cadet community offers religious education program classes in scripture, church doctrine, church history, ministries, liturgy and the divine living of the gospel values. Small groups also enable in-depth faith formation.
The Jewish cadet community offers religious education.
The Buddhist cadet community offers meditation, instruction and discussion of meditation practice, and study of Buddhist texts and core values.
The Islamic cadet community offers education through Quran, history and jurisprudence classes.
The Earth-centered cadet community is led by a lay leader.
COMMUNITY CENTER CHAPEL WORSHIP TIMES
For emergencies requiring a chaplain after duty hours, call the command post at 719-333-2633.
11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday
3 p.m. Reconciliation
4 p.m. Saturday Mass
9 a.m. Sunday Mass
Holy Day Masses
11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Sunday
This service includes gospel, traditional and contemporary elements.
Children’s Church is available for both Catholic and Protestant services.
The Cadet Chapel worship program offers weekly Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist services, which are open to the public. There are certain days and times services may not be open to the public.
During the academic year (August through May), Catholic Masses are celebrated weekdays (except Friday and academic holidays) and Sunday. Roman Catholic holy days are celebrated during the academic year. Call to confirm Mass times, especially during the summer months or on academic holidays. Services and meals are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.
Protestant worship services are held every Sunday throughout the academic year (August through May), with special worship opportunities on holy days. Worship includes traditional and contemporary services. During the academic year, Holy Communion will be offered on the first Sunday of each month at the traditional service. Please call to confirm service times, especially during the summer months or on academic holidays. Services and meals are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Jewish Chapel offers a wide range of religious services and education for Jewish cadets and military members. Friday night Sabbath services are held weekly followed by a kosher dinner. Specific Jewish holy days are celebrated in conjunction with the Jewish Community of Colorado Springs. Services and meals are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Islamic Chapel offers a wide range of religious services and education for cadets, staff and families. Noon Zuhr prayers, weekly Friday jumah prayers and luncheons are conducted every Friday. Islamic holy days, including the month of Ramadan, are celebrated with daily services and prayers. Services and meals are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.
Special observances are held by a lay leader.
Buddhist services are held every Sunday and Thursday during the academic year, with additional services on dates of special significance.
Retreats are an important part of the chapel program. Each fall, the fourth-class cadet retreats are held following the rigors of Basic Cadet Training. Other retreats are scheduled throughout the academic year. They include choir retreats, upper-class retreats, women’s retreats, the Catholic Together Encountering Christ retreat, a monastic spirituality retreat, a Buddhist meditation retreat and parish council planning retreats.
COUNSELING AND VISITATION
Chaplains are on hand when the new cadets arrive at the Academy and throughout their Academy experience. They are present during Basic Cadet Training, teaching religious respect education classes and visiting training areas. Chaplains are also available for confidential pastoral counseling. Chaplains are assigned to each group and squadron in the wing, as well as the cadet wing, Dean of Faculty and Athletic Department.
CHOIRS AND CHORALE
Chapel choirs include the Catholic Cadet Choir, Cadet Gospel Choir, Protestant Praise Team and Latter-day Saint Cadet Choir. The primary mission of the cadet choirs is to provide choral music at worship services in the Cadet Chapel.
The Cadet Chorale is one of the best-known singing groups in the Air Force. Competitive auditions are held each year for cadets who are interested in the program. The chorale represents the Academy in local and national appearances.
Each major faith group has a cadet council that helps plan and carry out the chapel program in the squadrons and cadet wing. The cadet officers and representatives provide the link between the chapel and the cadet wing.