The Interfaith Centre
SAIT's Interfaith Centre is an open place for students and staff to spend time. The centre (MB227) has a comfortable lounge where you can read, reflect or engage in relaxed conversations with one of SAIT's many chaplains.
Our chaplains serve on a volunteer, part time basis and each one represents a different faith community. They are experienced and qualified to help direct you to your community of faith or help you discover your own journey.
Visit the Interfaith Meditation Room (MB314) - open daily for scheduled prayer and religious services. The room is a shared space for all religious groups and can be booked through the Interfaith Centre at 403.284.7385.
It's important to us that everyone at SAIT has the opportunity to profess and practice their own religion without fear of discrimination. If you require a religious accommodation for a religious observance, fill in a request form 10 days prior to the observance. We'll accommodate requests whenever possible, but students are required to make up all missed work and meet all course requirements.
We want to do our part in creating and sustaining a community that includes the promotion and protection of the Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions. For a listing of dates relating to a variety of religions, check the Calgary Interfaith Calendar — for more resources, news, and articles about interfaith issues, visit Interfaith Calgary.
Meet the SAIT chaplains
Interfaith Centre, Chaplain
Faith: Christian, Christian & Missionary Alliance
Daniel feels privileged and honoured to serve the students, faculty and staff of the SAIT community as the volunteer Chaplain.
Daniel has been in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language for 25 years, and has been with SAIT's English Language Foundations department for more than five years - two of which were also spent as the SAIT Chaplain Coordinator.
Before SAIT, Daniel worked as an English Language Assessor at Immigrant Services Calgary for over 14 years - and before that, he taught English in the People's Republic of China.
Daniel enjoys the outdoors, travel, hiking and photography. He also appreciates conversation with people from all walks of life. Every summer his family travels to exotic places such as: China, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Monaco, England and Scotland. He and his family have also visited all of Canada's provinces and Yukon - they hope to make it to the North West Territories and Nunavut in the near future.
Email or call (403-210-5978) Daniel anytime, or drop by to see him in the Interfaith Centre (MB227) during his available hours:
Tuesdays 2 - 3 pm
Thursdays 2 - 3 pm
Faith: Christian, University Campus Ministries
Art Kung is ecstatically thankful and honoured to be part of the vibrant campus life here at SAIT.
As a SAIT alumnus from the Emergency Medical Technician program, he enjoyed a life of adventure in the air ambulance industry - bringing help and hope to some very critical scenarios over the years.
His intense career experiences stirred in him difficult questions of life and death, meaning and purpose. Art says his journey has led him through a "theology of grace" into deeper spirituality, community and conviction.
Art enjoys good coffee and good hockey, so he's always up for a cup of joe or a pickup game on the ice. He is always open to discuss his own passions and would love to hear from you on yours.
Email or call (403.542.0414) Art anytime, or drop by to see him in the Interfaith Centre (MB227) during his available hours:
Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm
Reverend Tim Nethercott
Faith: Christian: United Church
Tim is honoured to be part of the SAIT chaplaincy team.
Before becoming ordained in the United Church of Canada, Tim had careers in book publishing, teaching English and with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He has worked and studied in France and England, the United States, Japan and Thailand.
Like other members of the clergy, Tim preaches, leads worship services and administers the sacraments - he does not, however, have a congregation. Instead he leads a ministry team on three post-secondary campuses. Together they sponsor a community of young adults, hold drumming events, explore multi-faith relationships and practice contemplative Christian spirituality.
Tim describes himself as a "religious mongrel," since he was raised in the Evangelical church and spent a number of years in the Roman Catholic world. Like many young people, he became "allergic" to his own faith tradition in his 20s and left the Church for several years. He practiced Buddhism for two years, then finally returned to his own religious tradition.
He was formed for ministry at Queens University in the Canadian tradition of the Social Gospel, which places a high value on the struggle for social justice. Tim is a vigorous advocate for LGBTQ people.
Tim is active in the environmental movement and has been car-free for seven years. He enjoys cycling and being a Dad.
Email or call (403-202-0180) Tim anytime, or drop by to see him in the Interfaith Centre (MB227) during his available hours:
Tuesdays 1 pm - 3 pm
Fr. Sajo Jacob
Faith: Roman Catholic
Fr. Sajo Jacob was born in India and received his academic training in India and Canada. He has a master's degree in philosophy and other degrees in theological and spiritual disciplines. He is a priest of 16 years, served in different capacities like pastor, spiritual guide, mentor and leader. He is really excited to be the part of the team of chaplains serving SAIT.
Fr. Sajo was appointed to serve as the chaplain for SAIT through the Calgary Catholic Campus Ministry by His Excellency Most Rev. Fredric Henry, the bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.
The Calgary Catholic Campus Ministry aims to provide opportunities for growth in faith and social commitments to students, faculty and staff.
Email or call (403-708-1560) Fr. Sajo anytime, or drop by to see him in the Interfaith Centre (MB227) during his available hours:
Mondays 10:30 am - 2 pm
Wednesdays 10:30 am - 2 pm
Imam Fayaz Tilly
Faith: Muslim (Sunni)
Imam Fayaz Tilly attended the institute of Higher Islamic Learning in Buffalo, New York, where he memorized the Holy Qur'an and acquired the knowledge of the basic Islamic sciences.
Upon becoming a Hafiz (one who has successfully memorized the Qur'an and has been given certification by his teachers), he enrolled in the seven-year course of Islamic Sciences at Darul-Uloom.
After completing his degree (Masters Equivalency) in 2002, he returned to Canada to serve the Muslim community of Calgary, Alberta. Imam Fayaz is the founder and director of Tahfeez-ul-Quran, a Quranic memorization program of Calgary.
He serves as an Imam for the greater Calgary area. Imam Fayaz is certified and continues to pursue higher studies in general and family counselling.
Email or call (403.284.7385) Imam Fayaz anytime, or drop by to see him in the Interfaith Centre (MB227) during his available hours:
Mondays 1 - 3 pm
Muslim prayer times
|Monday||Christian Prayer||8 - 8:30 am, MC311|
|Daily Prayers (Muslim)||Daily prayers, MB314|
|Catholic Mass||Noon - 1pm, MC311|
|Bible Study||4 pm, MC311|
|Tuesday||Daily Prayers (Muslim)||Daily prayers, MB314|
|Christian prayer||12:15 - 12:45 pm, MC311|
|Wednesday||Daily Prayers (Muslim)||Daily prayers, MB314|
|Catholic Mass||Noon - 1 pm, MC311|
|Thursday||Daily Prayers (Muslim)||Daily prayers, MB314|
|Friday||Daily Prayers (Muslim)||Daily prayers, MB314
Jummah prayers, squash courts
|Monthly||IGNITE Worship@SAIT||Various dates and locations — Contact Art Kung for details.|