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Welcome to the Duchesne Center

The Duchesne Center for religion and social justice is the heart of community service and experiential service learning at Manhattanville. Although not all of Manhattanville's service programs are run by the Duchesne Center, it does coordinate many of them. Its mission is to facilitate, educate, and encourage student involvement in community outreach, cultural, leadership, academic, and spiritual initiatives across the Manhattanville College campus and beyond.

Through the Duchesne Center:

  • Students completed approximately 30,000 hours of local and global community service
  • There are over 60 outlets for community service available on the Manhattanville campus.
  • More than 600 students participate in community service activities.

What does Manhattanville College mean by community service?


  • Community service means: participation in activities designed to improve the quality of life for specific communities served, particularly marginalized and under-represented individuals and communities and the environment. Community service activities may include but are not limited to:
  • Academic service-learning- service that is integrated with academic course content. It may involve direct or indirect service, and may include academic research.
  • Direct service to citizens (e.g., serving food to the needy) and
  • Indirect service through research/analysis (e.g., assessing community nutrition needs or managing a food bank).
  • Co-curricular service-learning (not part of an academic course, but utilizing service-learning elements);
  • Co-curricular student volunteer activities, as well as Work-Study community service and paid community service internships.


(Adapted from www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll)


Religious Resources: see "Duchesne Highlights" page!

Catholic Students and All others interested in Participating in

 The Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

Holy Thursday (April 17):  Liturgy of the Word, washing of hands and Last Supper- O’Byrne Chapel at 7:30PM. All are Welcome!

Good Friday and Easter Sunday- no services here on Campus- Please visit a local parish church! See list below.

Because the Church holds that these three days are so sacred for Christians, she implores that the faithful seek out local parish communities for worship:

Nevertheless the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons and daughters of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord's supper.

-From the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

The following is a list of local Churches and their schedule of services:

St. John the Evangelist- 148 Hamilton Ave, White Plains (near the train station)         949-0439

Holy Thursday:    7:30PM Mass of the Lord's Supper with Washing of the Feet

Good Friday:    3PM Service- Lord’s Passion

Saturday:            7:30 PM-Vigil Mass

Sunday:             7:30am, 9:30 & 11:30 (Eng)   1PM & 1:30 (Sp)

St. Anthony of Padua- 85 Harrison Ave. (off Anderson Hill to the right)                       948-1480

Holy Thursday:    7:30PM Mass of the Lord's Supper with Washing of the Feet

Good Friday:    3PM Service-Lord’s Passion         
Saturday:           8PM- Vigil Mass

Sunday:             8am, 10:15 and Noon.

Holy Rosary- 22 Dom Bosco Pl., Port Chester   939-0547  (The Dom Bosco Center-Duchesne Community Service Site)

Holy Thursday:     7:30PM   Tri-lingual: English, Spanish & Portuguese Service of the Lord's                           Supper and Washing of the Feet

Good Friday:     3PM (English) Service- Lord’s Passion      6PM (Spanish)
Holy Saturday:    8PM Tri-Lingual Easter Vigil (Spanish, English and Portuguese)

Sunday:               7:30am, 10:15am (English)   8:45am, 12 & 1:30pm (Spanish)  

1:30PM Portuguese 

St. Bernard- 51 Prospect Rd., 949-2111

Holy Thursday:    6:15PM (Spanish)   8PM (English) Mass of the Lord's Supper with Washing of the Feet

Good Friday:    3PM (English)    5PM (Spanish)

Saturday:           7:30PM Vigil (bilingual)

Sunday:             9am, 10:30am & 1:30PM (English)   12 (Spanish)

Manhattanville's next Mass will be Sunday April 27 at 6PM in the O'Byrne Chapel.
A Blessed Easter to all!


Is not this, then, a century worth living in—a day worth serving? And though toil, hard, heavy toil, be the price of life, shall we not, young men and women,gladly work and sacrifice and serve…?
And we serve first for the sake of serving—to develop our own powers, gain the mastery of this human machine,and come to the broadest, deepest self-realization. And then we serve for the real end of service, to make life nonarrow, selfish thing, but to let it sweep as sweeps the morning—broad and full and free for all men and all time,that you and I and all may earn a living and earth, too, more than that, a life worth living.But you who, firm and inspired, turn toward the work of living, undismayed, knowing the world that was, loving the world that is, and believing in the world that is to be, just what can you do—what careers can you follow torealize the ideals and hopes of this day?

-W.E.B. DuBois - Fisk University Commencement Address (1898)

Service learning trips are planned for the 2013-14 academic year including: 

Domestic:  Romero Center, Camden, NJ; ADULLAM Christian Fellowship and The DUCHESNE House, New Orleans, LA; and, the Texas Leadership Conference.

International: To be decided.