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The Interfaith Centre

Interfaith Centre chaplains

The Interfaith Centre is a hub on campus. 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. You are welcome and encouraged to talk to them about all matters of faith.

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

We have three locations to serve you:

  • The Interfaith Centre (MB227, Stan Grad Centre) has a comfortable lounge, microwave and mini fridge where you can read, relax or engage in conversation with SAIT's chaplains.
  • The Interfaith Meditation room (MB314, Stan Grad Centre) is open daily for meditation, prayer and reflection. This is a shared space for all religious groups.  
  • The Interfaith meeting space (MC311, Stan Grad Centre) is used for group meetings such as Mass. This space can be booked through the Interfaith Centre at 403.284.7385.

Religious accommodation

Every member of the SAIT community — students, staff and faculty — has the opportunity to profess and practice their faith without fear of discrimination.

If you need an accommodation for a religious observance, complete the request form a minimum of 10 days prior to the observance. Forms must be completed electronically and emailed to interfaith@sait.ca. Requests will be accommodated whenever possible. Students are required to make up missed work and meet all course requirements.

Calendar of faith observances 

Please note, this list is not exhaustive — additional dates may be found on the Interfaith Calendar.

Eid-al-Adha* Islam Aug. 11, 2019 (sunset) to Aug. 15, 2019
Rosh Hashanah Judaism Sept. 29, 2019 (sunset) to Oct. 1, 2019
Yom Kippur Judaism Oct. 8, 2019 (sunset) to Oct. 9, 2019
First Two Days of Sukkot Judaism Oct. 13, 2019 (sunset) to Oct. 15, 2019 (nightfall)
Shemini Atzeret Judaism Oct. 20, 2019 (sunset) to Oct. 21, 2019 (nightfall)
Simchat Torah Judaism  Oct. 21, 2019 (sunset) to Oct. 22, 2019 (nightfall)
Diwali ( Deepaval) Hindu Oct. 27, 2019
Hanukkah  Judaism Dec. 22, 2019 (sunset) to Dec. 30, 2019 (nightfall)
Christmas Christianity Dec. 25, 2019
Epiphany Christianity Jan. 6, 2020
Christmas (Orthodox) Christianity Jan. 7, 2020
Lunar New Year Buddhism Jan. 25, 2020
Ash Wednesday Christianity Feb. 26, 2020
Purim Judaism March 9, 2020 (sunset) to March 10, 2020 (nightfall)
Norouz Baha’i/Zoroastrian March 20, 2020
First two days of Passover Judaism April 8, 2020 (sunset) to April 10, 2020 (nightfall)
Maundy Thursday Christianity April 9, 2020
Good Friday Christianity April 10, 2020
Easter Christianity April 10, 2020
Holy Friday (Orthodox) Christianity April 17, 2020
Easter (Orthodox) Christianity April 19, 2020
Last two days of Passover Judaism April 14, 2020 (sunset) to April 16, 2020 (nightfall)
Ramadan* Islam April 23, 2020 (sunset) to May 23, 2020
Shavuot Judaism May 28, 2020 (sunset) to May 30, 2020 (nightfall)
National Indigenous Peoples Day Indigenous June 21, 2020
Eid-al-Fitr* Islam May 23, 2020 (sunset) to May 26, 2020
*Some observances are based on the lunar calendar, and may vary by one or two days.

Are you looking for accommodations for documented disabilities or health conditions? Find information on how to access accommodations and services through Accessibility Services.

Meet the SAIT chaplains

Art KungArt Kung
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 pick-up game on the ice. He is always open to discuss his own passions and would love to hear from you on yours.

Art also assists as the coordinator for the Interfaith Centre. 

Contact Art by email, call 403.542.0414 or drop by the Interfaith Centre:  Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Tim Nethercott

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.

Contact Tim by email, call 403.202.0180 or drop by the Interfaith Centre:  Tuesdays, 1 - 3 pm  

Sajo JacobFr. 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, which aims to provide opportunities for growth in faith and social commitments to students, faculty and staff.  

Contact Fr. Sajo by email, call 403.708.1560 or drop by the Interfaith Centre:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 2 pm

Imam Fayaz TillyImam 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.

Contact Imam Fayaz by email, call 403.284.7385 or drop by the Interfaith Centre: Mondays, 1 - 3 pm

Howie CummingsHowie Cummings
Faith: Bahá'í

As a member of the Bahá'í faith, Howie Cummings is delighted to serve the students of SAIT with a team of chaplains, a group bound together by service to the common good.

A unique hallmark of Howie's career has been working with youth in cross-cultural and multi-lingual settings.

As principal of a Hutterite School, he adapted Montessori principles to a multi-graded classroom and developed an internationally recognized and award-winning website that showcased learning in a Hutterite colony.

He collaborated with Inuit elders in the instruction of igloo making in Nunavut and designed curriculum for First Nations' technology education, which embraced traditional canoe building skills and values in Bella Bella, B.C.

Throughout his career, Howie developed a wide range of unique approaches to teaching technology education, from a CAD program resulting in the publication of a peer-reviewed article in Technology Teacher entitled Self-directed teenage learners: Orienting the Curriculum to Future Workforce Needs to the design and implementation of an entrepreneurial education program through which students created their own for-profit mass production companies.

Now retired from teaching, Howie recently moved to Calgary from Saskatoon with his wife May, and is enjoying being nearby his daughters and six grandchildren. Howie can often be found exploring the trails along the Bow River on his electrified recumbent tricycle. He also enjoys wood carving and time spent with family and friends. 

Contact Howie by email, call 403.464.1182 or drop by the Interfaith Centre:  Thursdays, 11 am - 1 pm

Interfaith schedule of activities

Weekly Activity Time/ location
Tuesday Christian Prayer Service 12:15 - 12:45 pm/MC311
Thursday Bahá'í Devotional Gathering 11:30 am – 12:30 pm/MC311
Friday Jummah Prayers MC311
Community drum circle - email for times, locations and more information

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