Bonnier Multifaith Center

Fostering lives of engaged compassion through the cultivation of diverse religious and spiritual practices.

Rooted in the College’s core values of faith, justice, community, service and excellence, the purpose of the Bonnier Multifaith Center is to foster lives of engaged compassion through cultivating diverse religious and spiritual practices. Activities in the Center include personal and communal meditation and prayer, interfaith conversations, text studies, and contemplative practices that sustain social justice activism. We invite all members of the Gustavus community, regardless of their religious and philosophical commitments, to use the Center for personal prayer, reflection, and meditation during unscheduled times and to request and use the Center’s space for organized religious, spiritual, or contemplative practices.

Diwali Observance - the Festival of Lights!

Look at the lights by the chapel, put out by the Multifaith Leadership Council for Diwali, the Festival of Lights, observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Muslims on November 14!


Special Opportunities

Learn how to become an Interfaith Leader, helping lead interfaith engagement workshops for other students. Contact Marian Broida at

Eid Mubarak

Dr. Marian Broida, Interfaith Program Coordinator

marianDr. Broida has taught Bible and other religion courses since the fall of 2015. She completed her MA in Jewish Studies and her PhD in Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, specializing in Hebrew Bible. One of Dr. Broida’s greatest joys is providing avenues for students to learn about their own and others' religious traditions through both coursework and extracurricular events. Twice she organized and co-led a campus Seder at Gustavus for approximately 200 students, faculty, and others, with the help of students in Jewish Studies courses. As Multifaith Leadership Council advisor, she works with students from multiple different religions and worldviews to promote interreligious understanding.

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Multifaith Holiday Calendar - 2020-2021
Dates Holiday Tradition Accomodations may be requested
July 30-31 Eid al Adha Islam yes
Sept. 18-20 Rosh Hashanah Judaism yes
Sept 27-28 Yom Kippur Judaism yes
Oct. 2-9 Sukkot Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
Oct. 10-11 Simkhat Torah Judaism yes
Nov. 14 (varies) Diwali Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism  
Oct. 31 Reformation Day Protestant Christianity  
Nov. 1 All Saints Day Christianity  
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Samhain Paganism  
Dec. 1-24 Advent Christianity  
Dec. 10-18 Hanukkah Judaism campus closed
Dec. 21 Yule/Solstice Christianity/Paganism campus closed
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Christianity campus closed
Dec. 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa African-American campus closed
Jan 7 Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christianity (observances vary)  
Feb. 12 Lunar New Year Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism  
Feb. 17 Ash Wednesday Christianity  
March 20 Spring Equinox Paganism  
March 28-29 Holi  Hinduism  
March 27-April 3 Passover Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
April 1 Maundy Thursday Christianity campus closed
April 2 Good Friday Christianity campus closed
April 4 Easter Christianity campus closed
April 8 Vesak Buddhistm  
April 8-9 Yom HaShoah Judaism  
April 12-May 11 Ramadan Islam yes
May 2 Orthodox Easter  Orthodox Christianity yes
May 13 (day) Eid al-Fitr Islam yes

Many Jewish and Muslim holidays begin in the evening on the first date listed. Not all Muslims will recognize the listed dates; they may require direct observation of the moon. Some cultures mark Buddhist holidays on different dates.

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