The student-led campus ministries are at the heart of religious life at Florida Southern College. Virtually every night of the week there is an opportunity for students to put their beliefs into practice and live out their faith.
With a variety of offerings, it is easy to find your niche, develop your leadership skills, and discover your place in a ministry to be passionate about.
Because of COVID-19 safety protocols, the Diocese has made the decision not to provide a mass on campus, and instead is doing a special college and young adult mass at Resurrection on Sunday evenings at 5:00 PM. For those without transportation, the college is providing a shuttle that departs from the Campus Safety and Security office at 4:30 PM.
Florida Southern College boasts an active Jewish population that includes faculty as well as students. The closest place of worship is a Conservative synagogue, Temple Emanuel, located on the far side of Lake Hollingsworth. Regular Shabbat services begin at 7:30 PM on Friday and 9:30 AM on Saturday mornings and include onegs. Students are welcome to attend High Holiday services free of charge and are invited to various special events at the Temple at any time. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Catherine Eskin, or the Temple directly.
Polk County also has a Reform temple in Winter Haven and Chabad in North Lakeland.
On campus, the Florida Southern chapter of Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, provides resources for our Jewish students, educates the campus about the Jewish religion, and provides opportunities to connect with the Jewish community of Lakeland.
Director of Church Relations