University of Ottawa Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Services

University of Ottawa Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Services is your religious and spiritual centre on campus. Our multi-faith team of volunteer chaplains and faith liaisons work together to provide spiritual resources for students, faculty and staff on the University of Ottawa campus. Together we work towards:

  • Creating times and space for religious community and spiritual wellness.
  • Offering spiritual care and support to the whole University community: students, faculty and staff and their families, of any religious identity or no particular religious identity.
  • Partnering with Community Life Services in encouraging students to mature into whole and healthy persons.
  • Giving opportunities for faith formation within a faith tradition.
  • Acting as a resource towards greater religious literacy regarding traditional religions and newer religious movements.

Our guiding principles

The University of Ottawa Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Services endeavours to serve the entire university community, recognizing that the University of Ottawa consists of persons from many different faiths and persons of no faith.   As such, the Chaplaincy is guided by the following principles:

  • Respect for the religious freedom, human dignity, conscience, personal spiritual welfare and religious tradition of every person to whom they minister.
  • Teamwork, campus co-operation and respect for the other chaplains.
  • Cooperation with and support of the other counseling and service facilities at University of Ottawa.
  • Value for individual spiritual growth and personal authenticity within the university environment, without aggression or coercion.

Meet a Chaplain

Our volunteer Chaplains hold office hours from 9-4, Monday through Friday, in the University Centre (UCU) room 232B (Déjà-Vu) (phone ext. 4001).  You can drop in anytime or make an appointment with a chaplain.  If you wish to meet with a Chaplain, a list of available chaplains from various faith traditions can be found here:

Rev. Sid Ypma, CRC
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Sid Ypma has been the Christian Reformed Campus Chaplain at uOttawa since 2012. Prior to coming to Ottawa he served a parish in Port Alberni, BC on Vancouver Island.  Sid holds a Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary and did an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Redeemer University College. He lives with his family in the country near Richmond.

Sid loves a good conversation about how faith interacts with various fields of study and hosts a weekly supper gathering on Tuesdays called Feast & Faith related to faith and learning.


Office Hours:

Mondays  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sid is on campus full-time and is available for meeting outside office hours by appointment.

Contacts: 613-277-0037 –


Father Simon Paul Cormier
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Fr. Cormier, a priest incardinated in the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, was ordained in 1973.  He has served uOttawa students as chaplain of Valrideau and Parkhill University Residences since 1992.  Fr. Paul has been working as a chaplain in the University of Ottawa as such since 1999.
Previous to Ottawa he served in Spain, Quebec City and Montreal.
In addition to holding office hours and meeting with students in a mentoring capacity, Fr. Cormier also hosts a prayer time for professors, graduate students, and staff at 12:25 p.m. in room 301 of the University Centre (Jock-Turcot) on various Fridays (contact him for details and dates).

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contacts: 613-565-0762 –


Rev. Mark Whittall
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The Rev. Mark Whittall is an ordained priest of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and the pastor of St. Albans Church in Ottawa. Mark is an engineer by training with graduate degrees in Theoretical Physics and in Development Economics from Oxford University.  His first career was as an engineer, executive and CEO in the high-tech sector.  Mark left his business career to pursue the study of theology at St. Paul University in Ottawa. He served as a Lecturer in the History of Science at Augustine College in Ottawa, was ordained in 2008, and following three years in the parish of Huntley, he was tasked with building a new congregation at St. Albans Church in 2011.  Mark is the author of two books, ReInvention: Stories from an Urban Church (2016) and ReImagine: Preaching in the Present Tense (2017).  He and his family live in Ottawa.  Mark speaks both French and English.


Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Contacts: 613 793 7355 –

Fr. Richard Beaudette, OMI
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Richard Beaudette is the pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish (corner of Cumberland & Laurier adjacent to campus), where he has served since 2015 after 31 years in northern British Columbia and Yukon, where he ministered in small rural communities, a city parish, First Nations Communities and urban parishes.

Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (shared with Brian Ouellette)

Fr. Richard is also available any time in the parish office from Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. through Friday for appointments for visits, Sacrament of Reconciliation or spiritual direction.

Contacts: 613-233-4095, ext 222 -

Chris Julian
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Chris Julian is a Chaplain with the Canadian National Baptist Convention. For nearly 30 years he has devoted his life to working with high school and university students across South and North America. His bachelor degree is in broadcast journalism and holds a Masters in Religious Education. Chris was born in the United States but has lived much of my life in Brazil. He speaks English and Portuguese. You can call him pastor, minister, missionary or you can just call him Chris. He has resided in Ottawa since 2017 with his wife and youngest son.

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (shared with Jason Byers)

Chris is a full-time campus minister and is available throughout the week by appointment.

Contacts: 613-415-5527 –

Andrew Pump
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Andrew Pump is the Coordinator of Faith Formation and Young Adult Ministry at St. Joseph’s Parish. Before his pastoral role in the Church he was the manager of the St. Joe’s Supper Table, a meal program and food bank which helps the poor in our community. He has a PhD from the University of Ottawa in Religious Studies where he specialized in Modern Catholic Social Teaching, and his master’s from Queen’s focused on LGBTQ faith, spirituality and inclusion. He began his studies in Theology over 15 years ago at St. Paul University. Andrew has over a decade of experience working in the area of addiction, alcoholism and mental health and has served on the Board of Directors of the Community Addiction Peer Support Association (CAPSA). His work with others, and his own journey, have involved connecting faith and social justice as well as the spiritual transformation of the 12-step process of addiction recovery.

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Contacts: 613-233-4095, ext. 235 -

Other chaplains

Jason Byers (Christian – Protestant – Baptist)

Hours: Thursdays 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Contacts: 613-220-3136 –

Justin Kim (Christian – Protestant – Korean Presbyterian)

Hours: Mondays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Contacts: 613-314-4113 –

Fr. Deacon Peter Bowers (Christian – Orthodox)

Hours: Thursdays 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Barbara Helms (Muslim)

Hours: Mondays evenings, by appointment


Sasha Kathron (Jewish)

Contacts: 613-796-6810 –

Helène Goulet (Centering Prayer)


Multi-Faith Rooms

The primary Multi-Faith Room and Prayer Space can be found in the University Centre (UCU), room 125. 

Other prayer spaces on campus are:

  • CBY B-506
  • UCU 107
  • UCU Terminus - for prayer Juma
  • UCU 215 can also be reserved occasionally

Opening hours for these rooms should normally be the same as the buildings' opening hours.

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