Office of the Chaplains

Religious and Spiritual Life

Welcome! The Office of the Chaplains equips students to connect faith and spirituality with learning and life so that they will be prepared to lead purposeful lives in a religiously diverse world. Rooted in the tradition and values of Lutheran higher education, we support diverse spiritual and religious practices, promote theological and vocational exploration, and foster interfaith cooperation in service to the common good on campus and in the greater community.

The Chaplains engage in conversations with the Gustavus community regarding vocation, faith questions, relationship struggles, crisis situations, and the daily joys and sorrows of life. These conversations happen in classrooms, on retreats, during and after worship, in the Marketplace, on walks in the Arboretum, in Bible studies, during service in the St. Peter community, and in many other ways and places.

The Chaplains' Office is located on the first floor of Old Main. The chaplains are available to meet with students on a drop-in basis and by appointment.

Chaplain Siri Erickson: 
To schedule an appointment, please email her at

Chaplain Maggie Falenschek: 
Click here to schedule an appointment during reserved office hour times. Chaplain Maggie can also be found holding open office hours accross campus, including the Center for Inclusive Excellence on Wednesdays from 2-3pm, please interupt her! For additional availability, please email her at
Chaplain Grady St. Dennis: 
To schedule an appointment, please email him at
Memorial Service for Herb Chilstrom, First Presiding Bishop of the ELCA

Saturday, February 15, 1:00 p.m.
Christ Chapel
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W College Ave, St Peter, MN
St. Peter, Minnesota 

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preside and bring a greeting, Presiding Bishop Emeritus Mark Hanson will preach, Bishop Jon Anderson will bring a greeting, Gustavus Chaplain Siri Erickson will host. Reception to follow in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. Clergy and rostered leaders of the ELCA, together with clergy of all ecumenical partners, are invited to robe and process (the color of the day will be green) and are asked to RSVP. Please gather in Alumni Hall in the Johnson Student Union starting at 11:30 am. Ride sharing is encouraged; parking will be tight. The service will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. The family prefers that memorial gifts be given to the Herbert Chilstrom Chair in New Testament Studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, or to one of the Chilstrom Student Scholarship Funds at Luther Seminary; Augsburg University, Minneapolis; Gustavus Adolphus College; or Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. 

Next Event

Daily Sabbath at the Bonnier Multifaith Center: Mindfulness Meditation


Meditation calms our bodies and minds and cultivates compassion for ourselves and others. Counseling Center staff will lead the community in loving kindness and mindfulness meditation practices. No prior experience with meditation is required. Daily Sabbath is an opportunity to pause from our regular work and tend to our spiritual and emotional well-being.

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath at the Bonnier Multifaith Center: Mindfulness Meditation Multifaith Center in Anderson Hall
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: Ash Wednesday Chapel
12 p.m. Ashes to-go Center
Tomorrow 1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath in the Bonnier Multifaith Center - Diverse Prayers for Peace Multifaith Center in Anderson Hall
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: James Wittrig '20 with Open Table Holy Communion Chapel