Chaplaincy Who We Are

The Chaplaincy has on staff three college chaplains: an Episcopal chaplain, a Rabbi, and a Buddhist chaplain, as well as an Advisor to Muslim students. The clergy offer study on a formal and informal basis with members of the college community who are interested in learning more about their own traditions or the faith traditions of others. Each chaplain is available for pastoral care with students, administration, staff, and faculty.

Mary Grace Williams

Chaplain of the College
Episcopal Chaplain
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Phone: 845-758-4775
Cell: 203-858-8800
E-mail:  mwilliams@bard.edu

The Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Chaplain of the College/Dean of Community Life, came to Bard in 2016 excited to work with college students.  She received her B.A.  from Rutgers University where she studied Theater Arts (Acting and Directing) which led her to move to NYC directly after college to pursue a career in theater. 
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David Nelson

Rabbi; Visiting Associate Professor of Religion;
Associate Chaplain of Bard College
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Phone: 845-758-7438
Cell phone: 201-956-8228
E-mail: nelson@bard.edu

As Bard's rabbi, my time is spent nurturing, advising, teaching, and building Jewish life and Jewish community on campus. This involves activities ranging from conducting Shabbat and holiday worship services, to facilitating study groups on Jewish text, to baking challah and cooking Shabbat dinner with students every Thursday evening, and dancing to the music of Bard's Klezmer ensemble at Purim and Simchat Torah.
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Joris Sankai Lemmens

Visiting Buddhist Chaplain
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Phone: 845-752-2020
E-mail:  jlemmens@bard.edu

Tatjana Myoko von Prittwitz und Gaffron

Buddhist Chaplain - Leave of Absence
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Dear Bard community,
for the next academic year I will take a leave of absence for residential Zen priest training in a Japanese Zen monastery. This training will provide me with additional chaplaincy tools such as conducting weddings, funerals etc.
I will have no internet access! But you can write me a letter and I will answer. If you happen to be in Japan, come and visit :-)
Take care and I hope to sometimes be able to send you an update of my life in a traditional Zen monastery in Japan.

Contacting the Chaplaincy

For more information contact:
Bard College Chaplaincy
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Phone: 203-858-8800
E-mail: mwilliams@bard.edu