Student Religious Organizations

In addition to the ministry offered by the St. Olaf College Student Congregation, there are a wide variety of religious organizations at St. Olaf. Below is a list of each organization with a brief description of their worship and education opportunities. For specific information regarding meeting times and locations follow the link to their Facebook page, look them up in the “Religious” section on the St. Olaf Student Organizations page, or talk with one of the college pastors.


Avodah is a “journal of constructive Christian discourse” written and published entirely by St. Olaf College students.

Canvas U

Canvas U is a college ministry that connects students on campus with the local church (Canvas Church). Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 8 PM.

Catholic Student Association

The Catholic Student Association supports and ministers to Catholic students at St. Olaf College by organizing rides to St. Dominic Catholic Church for weekend Masses, notifying members when there will be on-campus Mass, offering weekly Eucharistic adoration, a weekly Rosary group, and a Lent group.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes challenges coaches and athletes to use athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. This group provides seekers with an opportunity to encounter God, while challenging Christ Followers with the example of Jesus to be better students, friends, teammates, Christians, and athletes.

Fellowship of Christian Oles

Fellowship of Christian Oles gathers weekly to discuss ideas, worship together, and share in the joy of Christ-centered relationships. It is a community striving to live as called people by Christ, with a heart for outreach in the St. Olaf community and beyond.

Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice

Interfaith Youth Core is a national organization that seeks to foster respect for people’s diverse religious and non-religious identities and inspire relationships between people of different backgrounds by serving together. The Interfaith Youth Core strives for “common action for common good.”

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a campus fellowship dedicated to Jesus and to learning how to better live as his followers. Through weekly small group Bible studies and occasional large-group events, members seek to grow together in what it means to live the love of Christ in the context of college and of the world.

Jewish Student Organization

The Jewish Student Organization is committed to educate St. Olaf College on the rich heritage of the Jewish religion, to celebrate the lush culture, to spur political dialogue and to provide a resource for Jewish students and those curious about Judaism.

Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Student Association aims to promote friendship between Muslim students and the St. Olaf/Northfield community, to promote Islamic culture, and to organize Islamic festivals and arrange get-togethers for Muslim Students and St. Olaf students, faculty and staff.

Secular Student Alliance at St. Olaf

The Secular Student Alliance at St. Olaf aims to represent the non-religious students on campus. The organization provides the opportunity for secular students to engage in open-minded conversation and form relationships with students of similar belief systems.

St. Olaf Christian Outreach

St. Olaf Christian Outreach is an ecumenical group of students dedicated to sharing God’s love with the surrounding communities by bringing college-aged Christians together with elementary through senior high youth to build and strengthen relationships with Christ Jesus through camp-style worship, Bible study, and games.

Thursday Night Bible Study

Thursday Night Bible Study is a large group worship and learning event that focuses on what it means to have a personal relationship with God. Besides its weekly gathering, this group organizes retreats and other special activities during the year.

Tuesday Night Prayer

Tuesday Night Prayer is a place to worship God in a Christian, non-denominational context and be led by the Holy Spirit to pray for each other and for the campus.