Chaplaincy Who We Are

The Chaplaincy provides a diverse staff of chaplains to meet the the varied spiritual needs of the college. We also work closely with the Student Counseling Service, Student Health Service, Office of the Dean of Students, and others in the Bard community who focus on the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of students, faculty, and staff.  All the chaplains are available to provide pastoral care and support for the entire Bard community.  

Mary Grace Williams

Chaplain of the College
Christian Chaplain (Episcopal)
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Phone: 845-758-4775
Cell: 203-858-8800
E-mail:  [email protected]

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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Joshua Boettiger

Jewish Chaplain
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Cell: 802-733-6342
E-mail:  [email protected]

Joshua began at Bard this Fall, after spending the last nine years serving a congregation in Ashland, Oregon. He was ordained through the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2006 and then in 2018, he received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Pacific University. He is a Bard alum (1996), a Rabbis Without Borders fellow, and in the larger community continues to teach Meditation and Mussar – Jewish approaches to mindfulness and service. Joshua is excited to be back at Bard with his wife, Vanessa, and their ten-year old daughter, Paloma – and to work as part of the Interfaith Chaplaincy.

Tatjana Myoko von Prittwitz und Gaffron

Buddhist Chaplain
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Phone: 845-752-4619
E-mail:  [email protected]

In September 2017 I was ordained by my Soto Zen teacher Seido Suzuki Roshi at Toshoji, Okayama prefecture, Japan. The outward manifestation of my monastic calling was the result of 20 years walking the Buddhist path, practicing as a lay person mainly with my first Zen teacher John Daido Loori, founder of Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt. Tremper, NY, which Suzuki Roshi helped building up in the 1980s. I subsequently completed a three-year residential training at Toshoji, being appointed shusso, master disciple, in the summer ango 2019. In Expand for Tatjana Myoko von Prittwitz und Gaffron Expand

JaQuan Beachem

Spiritual Life Advocate
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An advocate and artist groomed in the suburbs of Atlanta, JaQuan Beachem received his Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School as well as his diploma from Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School this past spring. JaQuan is thrilled to be returning to their alma mater, Bard College, to connect with current students via the Chaplain's Office, BEOP, and the Center for Inclusive Excellence! JaQuan practices ministry that is love-centered, joy-seeking, trauma-informed, and justice-oriented. In their leisure, JaQuan enjoys jamming out to music, honing his yoga practice, tasting a new recipe, and noticing things bloom.

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: [email protected]
The Chaplaincy Offices are located in Albee Basement