Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Praying for the People of Ukraine

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community,

With Russian forces launching an attack on Ukraine, our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people and those around the world affected by this unprovoked attack.

We invite all members of the Georgetown community to attend any of our religious services in the days ahead where special prayers will be said for all those impacted by these attacks. You can find a full schedule of services on the Campus Ministry website.

Pope Francis has made an appeal to all “believers and non-believers alike” to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting and prayer for peace.

While this news is alarming to all of us, we recognize the impact it has on members of our community with family in Ukraine and our veteran and military-connected community members who have witnessed firsthand the effects of military engagements.

We have reached out directly to our Ukrainian students to offer our support and solidarity. We have several resources available to assist affected community members.

Student Resources

  • We encourage students to contact their Dean’s offices or course instructors to make them aware of any academic concerns and impacts.
  • If you are in need of spiritual accompaniment, Campus Ministry chaplains and staff are available during regular business hours. For assistance, please call 202-687-4300.
  • To connect with a clinician at Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS), students may call (202) 687-6985 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. After-hours support is also available by calling the main CAPS line. To speak to someone urgently both after hours and during business hours, students should call the CAPS main line at (202) 687-6985 and dial 1 to speak immediately with a licensed clinician.
  • All degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students have access to 24/7/365 telemental health services through HoyaWell from anywhere in the United States at no cost to you. HoyaWell lets you talk to a mental health professional from your smartphone or any web-enabled device through a video or voice visit. There are three available services: TalkNow (24/7, on-demand access to mental health support to talk about anything at any time), scheduled counseling and psychiatry.
  • Student Outreach and Support (SOS) is a non-confidential resource offering support to students experiencing crises, difficult personal circumstances or unexpected transitions that interrupt a student’s course of study. SOS can help students navigate university systems and resources, including connections to academic deans, the Academic Resource Center or other support offices.

Faculty and Staff Resources

  • The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides free confidential counseling and referral services to faculty, AAPs and staff. For more information, visit or call (202) 687-2396.
  • Faculty and staff can use the Mindset program to connect with fast, convenient, confidential and free one-on-one mental health help over video appointments through One Medical, a national primary care network.

Our Every Hoya Cares website includes additional information about mental and emotional health and well-being resources for students, faculty and staff.

Please join us in sending our thoughts and prayers for safety and peace to all those suffering during this time.


Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D.
Vice President for Mission & Ministry