About Our Community
Who We Are
The Tech Catholic Community (TCC) is an international community of Christians in the Catholic tradition. Our community is diverse yet united in the faith and the sacraments. To this end, our priest-chaplain celebrates Mass and is available for confession regularly on Sundays and throughout the week, and we offer frequent opportunities for faith formation.
The TCC is the official Catholic presence on campus and is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral and research staff, faculty, and other affiliates at MIT. The international renown of MIT means that our community in a special way reflects the universality of the Church. Our community is home to many international students and students of different ethnic backgrounds. We are one body in the one Lord and find unity in His presence in the Word and the Eucharist.
The purpose of the TCC shall be to nurture and to proclaim the Catholic faith at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It shall foster and develop the spiritual, intellectual, and social interests of students, preparing them for active participation in the life of the Church.
We make use of the spaces MIT makes available to students and student groups. For us, that means mainly the chapel and the religious activities building (W11). Masses and prayer events generally take place in the chapel, while weekly social and education events take place in W11.
The governance structure of the TCC consists of the Advisory Board and the Council. The Advisory Board consists of faculty, staff and alumni. Its main purpose is to assist the TCC with long-term vision and institutional memory. It also liaises with MIT and the Archdiocese of Boston on behalf of the community. The Council consists of current students who help plan and run events. The chaplain is an ex officio member of the council and is a very important member of our community.
The TCC is associated with the Archdiocese of Boston and is an ASA-recognized student group at MIT. The chaplain and associate chaplains are appointed by the Archdiocese of Boston and are official members of the MIT community.