Phone: 718-817-4503 Fax: 718-817-4505
McGinley Center 104
Books: The Alchemist, The Life of Pi, Catcher in the Rye, The Hobbit, My Cousin the Saint
Movies: Rocky II
Activities and Interests: Cooking, swimming, traveling, community service, visiting with friends
Fun Fact: At ten years old, I was in the movie Rocky II!
St. Joseph's University, BA, MA
Boston College, MA
Fordham University, MA
Catholic University, D.Min. (In Progress)
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Available For: General Campus Ministry, Spiritual Direction, Post Graduate Volunteer Discernment, Sacramental Ministry (Reconciliation), Pastoral Counseling, Drop-In Ministry, Social Justice Advocacy, Priesthood Discernment.
Father Phil begins his third year in service to Campus Ministry at Fordham University and as Master of Jogues Hall at Martyrs Court. In addition to leading Campus Ministry, he also serves the Latino Community at St Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on June 9th, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland. Fr. Phil can be found most week days joining students for lunch in the Market Place and enjoys making Italian dinners for student groups of all sizes.
Mrs. Gil Severiano Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Vice President
Movies: The Holiday
Activities and Interests: Gardening, Cooking and Entertaining, Reading, Roller Coasters, Beaches!
Fun Fact: My family has a home on the coast of Portugal, best food and beach in the world!
Iona College, BA Summa cum Laude
Hometown: Mt. Vernon, NY
Available For: General Campus Ministry, Social Justice Advocacy
More: Gil joined Campus Ministry ten years ago although it seems like yesterday.She joined the staff after many years of varied managerial and secretarial experiences. She returned to school after starting a family with her husband Jorge, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, summa cum laude, from Iona College in 1998. The experience was so energizing that it convinced her to find a position in an academic environment. Gil has been very active in community service throughout her life and continues to seek ways to live her faith by providing opportunities to meet and work with our neighbors in the Bronx.Gil is devoted to her three children: Lauren, Gabrielle, and Alexander FCRH '14. She truly enjoys working with the students, staff, and faculty and is looking forward to another exciting year!
Mr. Conor o'kane Associate Director of Campus Ministry, Rose Hill and Director of Interfaith Programs
Fax 718-817-4505 McGinley Center 205B
Books: Trinity, Three Cups of Tea, Truman, Letters to a Young Poet
Movies: Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars, Casablanca, Batman
Activities and Interests: Travel, Camping, Motorcycles, Jeeps, Running, Theater, Poetry
Fun Fact: I can speak Belizean Creole!
Boston College, BA
Boston College, MA
Hometown: Newton, MA
Available For: General Campus Ministry, Spiritual Direction, Post Graduate Volunteer Discernment, Pastoral Counseling, Drop-In Ministry, Social Justice Advocacy
More: Originally from Newton, MA, Conor has spent the last six years as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. At Fairfield, Conor was responsible for directing international service and immersion programs, faith-based justice efforts and mission and identity programming. Prior to working at Fairfield University, Conor worked as a Campus Minister at Boston College and also at Boston College’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality. Conor spent two years in rural Belize with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a teacher and DRE and speaks Belizean Creole, similar to Jamaican Patois. A frequent traveler, Conor has visited over 30 countries and 6 of the 7 continents. Conor enjoys learning about other cultures and traditions, and has a deep respect and affinity for interfaith dialogue. When he’s not in Campus Ministry or traveling, Conor can most likely be found in Queens Court (where he is a resident minister), running in the Botanical Gardens, tinkering with his motorcycle or taking in a rhythm and blues show in Manhattan.
Activities and Interests: Drawing and painting, hiking, running, and backpacking; Irish language and Gaelic games.
Fun Fact: I have two pet hermit crabs!
Elizabethtown College, BA
Boston College, MA
Hometown: Newark, DE
Available For: General Campus Ministry, Post Graduate Volunteer Discernment, Drop-In Ministry, Social Justice Advocacy
More: Katie Anderson joins the Fordham community as assistant director of Campus Ministry forliturgy, after directing social justice ministries at Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia, a Jesuit apostolate in North Manhattan, and at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. She earned her master's degree from Boston College's Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry and studied religion, art, and French at Elizabethtown College.
Mr.John Gownley Assistant Coordinator of Liturgy-University Sacristan
Books: To Kill a Mocking Bird
Movies: Back to the Future
Activities and Interests: Photography, traveling, spending time with friends and sharing a good meal
Fun Fact:I am the youngest of 6 - 16 of 32 grandchildren!
The University of Scranton, BS
Fordham University, MSW (in progress)
Hometown: Scranton, Pa. (The Electric City)
Available For: General Campus Ministry, Post Graduate Volunteer Discernment, Drop-In Ministry, Social Justice Advocacy
More: John is a native of Scranton, PA and a graduate of The University of Scranton holding a degree in Media and Information Technology and Art History. He arrives at Fordham after most recently serving as Housemaster at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland counseling students academically, spiritually and emotionally. Prior to that, John was the Coordinator for Student Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In this role, John provided services for students with learning, physical and psychological disabilities while coordinating GU’s tutoring program. Upon graduation, John served as Team Lead of Blu-Ray Quality Control at Deluxe Digital Studios. Now at Fordham, John continues his passion for Jesuit education as University Sacristan while pursuing his MSW.
Ms. erin Hoffman Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Spiritual Programs
Favorites: Interests and Activities: Travel, swimming, reading.
Fun Fact:I've been to over 30 countries!
Georgetown University, BS
Boston College, MA, MSW
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Available For: General Campus Ministry, Post Graduate Volunteer Discernment, Pastoral Counseling, Drop-In Ministry, Social Justice Advocacy
More: Erin serves in her 2nd year at Fordham directing Retreat Ministry and Christian Life Communities.She also serves as a Resident Minister in Martyrs' Court.Before joining the Fordham community, Erin was the Resident Minister for Spirituality at St. John's University in Queens.She is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she majored in Foreign Policy, and Boston College, where she completed graduate studies in Pastoral Ministry and Global Social Work.After college, Erin served as a 4th Grade Teacher in Chicago through Amate House, a young-adult faith-based volunteer program, and then worked with an adult mental health independent-living organization in Maryland.Outside the office you can find Erin in LaLande Hall, where she lives as a Resident Minister or at the pool swimming, jogging around campus, or reading a book on Martyrs' Lawn.When she is not around, it is most likely because of her love of travel (she has been to about 30 countries!) and learning about other languages and cultures.Erin enjoys working with Fordham students as they seek to grow in their faith and explore who it is they want to be and what they want to do in the world.
Fax: 718-817-4505 McGinley Center 106
Books: Harry Potter, East of Eden
Movies: Casablanca, Fargo
Activities and Interests: Reading, Cooking
Westminster Choir College, BM
University of Notre Dame, MM
Hometown: Potsdam, NY
Available For: General Campus Ministry, Organ Lessons.
More: Robert is in histwenty-third year as Director of Music for the Fordham University Church and Director of the Fordham University Choir. During his tenure the choral program has grown to include six concert and liturgical ensembles.As director of the University Choir he initiated the annual tour, established the choral program at the Lincoln Center campus, and introduced the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols.A native of Potsdam, NY, he holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Lisandro Pena Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Faith Formation and Sacraments
Activities and Interests: He loves NBA & College Basketball. He enjoys reading, working out, listening to music, playing the guitar and traveling.
Fun Fact: His first home job was to be a watch repairer. Lisandro can disassemble a watch and re-assemble it in minutes!
Pontifical Catholic University, Ecuador
St. Francis College, BA
Gonzaga University, MA
Fordham University, MA
Hometown: Cuenca, Ecuador
Available For: General Campus Ministry, Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling
More: Lisandro is beginning his seventh year in Campus Ministry and his first year as an Assistant Director for Faith Formation and Sacraments. Born and raised in Ecuador, Lisandro studied Philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University in Ecuador. He has spent four years studying Theology and Languages in Rome, Italy. He came to the United States in 1998 and obtained his bachelor's degree in Science from St. Francis College in Brooklyn. He worked as a Special Ed. Teacher in Brooklyn while taking graduate courses in Bilingual Special Education at Long Island University. He spent three years working as a Liturgical Coordinator at Gonzaga University in Washington, where he earned a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry. He earned a second Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and Personnel Services with temporal New York State Certification at Fordham University. Lisandro loves traveling nationally & internationally, working out, playing tennis and guitar and listening to music. He lives by the motto: live each day as if it's your last and do it by being happy and sensitive to others!
Mr. Paul SChutz Assistant Director of Liturgical Music, Rose Hill
Books: Dancing After Hours, by Andre Dubus; A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin; Carrie, by Stephen King;
The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene; Foundations of Christian Faith, by Karl Rahner
Activities and Interests: Running/Working Out, Soccer, Music, Writing, Movies
Fun Fact: Taught on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with Teach For America!
Boston College, BA
Fordham University, M.A., Ph.D. (in progress)
Hometown: Evansville, IN
Available For: Post Graduate Volunteer Discernment, Social Justice Advocacy
More: A native of Evansville, IN, Paul is a Ph.D. student in Systematic Theology at Fordham and the director of the Gloria Dei Choir.His research interests include the doctrine of God and theological anthropology as viewed through the lens of science.Specifically, he explores how traditional questions of divine causality, the God-world relationship, theosis, and worship fit within the evolutionary and cosmological framework presented by scientific inquiry.Paul is a graduate of Boston College where he studied English, liturgy, liturgical music, and music composition.Prior to coming to Fordham, Paul served for four years as the Director of Worship at St. Mary Catholic Church in Evansville, IN. He is the author of several articles on the liturgy and the composer of numerous pieces of liturgical and secular music; he has frequently given missions, retreats, and led numerous other events centered on the liturgy.He is currently completing Living Worship, his first book on the liturgy. In his free time, Paul enjoys traveling, running, working out, eating good food, reading, performing with his rock band, Heartland."
Sister Mary Catherine Redmond, PBVM
Director of Vocations
Pastoral Minister with Christian Life Community
Sister Mary Catherine received her MS in Counseling from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She has worked for the past nine years as the Vocation Director for her congregation, the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, assisting women in discerning God’s call for them in their life. Sr. Mary Catherine presently ministers as a Physician Assistant in Emergency Medicine at North Central Bronx Hospital. She is a worshiping member of our Fordham Community, has lead the Women’s Spirituality Retreat for the past 5 years and can often be found at Praise and Worship on Wednesday nights.
Rev. John J. Shea, SJ Director for Campus Ministry at Lincoln Center
Books: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey
Activities and Interests:Golf, Foreign Travel, Movies.
Fun Fact: I enjoy cooking!
Fordham University, BA
Boston College, M. Div, M.Ed
Woodstock Jesuit School of Theology, M. Div
Catholic University, Ph.D.
Hometown: Bayonne, New Jersey
Available for:General Campus Ministry, Spiritual Direction, Sacramental Ministry (Reconciliation), Pastoral Counseling, Southeast Asia Social Group
More: Fr. Shea worked at Fordham in Student Affairs from 1989-1996 and has spent the past 7 years in Asia. He worked in Thailand for 5 years and has spent the last 2 years teaching psychology at the Jesuit University, Sophia, in Tokyo, Japan. Earlier in his career, he worked at Loyola University in Baltimoreas Director of the Counseling Center, John Carroll University as President, and University of Scranton as Vice-President for Mission and Ministry. Fr. Shea also holds the distinction of being an authorized Bi-ritual priest for nearly 32 years and has celebrated the Divine Liturgy in many Byzantine Catholic parishes in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Carol Gibney Associate Director for Campus Ministry at Lincoln Center & Director of Ignatian Programs
Activities and Interests: Dancing, kayaking, snorkeling, theater, and exploring NYC and the world.
Fun Fact: I enjoy and participate in at least one deep belly laugh a day!
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Available For: General Campus Ministry,Spiritual Direction, Post Graduate Volunteer Discernment, Pastoral Counseling, Drop-In Ministry, Social Justice Advocacy
More: Carol is beginning her second year at the Lincoln Center campus after working for eight years at the Westchester campus.Carol is a trained Spiritual Director and a member of Spiritual Directors International and continues to offer the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Living (SEEL) Retreat to faculty, students and staff. It is Carol's desire to empower students and others that she works with to become radical agents of transformative love.Her work is rooted in Ignatian Spirituality which strives to seek and find God in all things and encourages all members of the Fordham family to become men and women for others.Born and raised in the Bronx, Carol currently lives in the Bronx with her husband Jimmy and two dogs, Gracie and Speck .She is the proud mother ofShana (FCRH 09, GSS 10) and Daniel (FCRH 14).Carol is excited to begin to organize Ignatian Pilgrimages to Auriesville, NY in October 2012, World Youth Day 2013 to Brazil in July 2013, and the Holy Land in January 2014.
Favorites: Books: Siddhartha and anything by Paulo Coelho!
Movies: The Big Chill
Activities and Interests: Drawing, Spending time with family and friends
Fun Fact: Has visited 30 out of50states!
Fordham University, BA
Hometown: Bronx, NY
More: Alana joined the Lincoln Center community two years ago.She recently graduated from Fordham College at Rose Hill with the Class of 2010, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Art, concentrating in Architecture, with a minor in Religious Studies.She is looking forward to continuing to assist with spiritual programming and getting to know new students and staff.She is also excited for a great year!
Mr. Anthony Rispo Assistant Director of Liturgical Music, Lincoln Center
Favorites: Books: Night, Pillars of the Earth,
Movies: The Eye of the Storm, Julie and Julia, Shrink, Harry Potter, My Cousin Vinny
Activities and Interests: Traveling, cooking, science, Spending time with family and friends Fun Fact: I am related to the late Carmen Cavallaro.
Cleveland Institute of Music
Available For: Solo and collaborative (ensemble) performances, commissions, private organ teacher
More: Anthony Rispo is a musical virtuoso and an up-and-coming concert artist. He began formal studies at a young age with Donald Dumler then continued further training with Dr. Matthew Lewis at The Juilliard Pre-College Division. Anthony currently coaches with Todd Wilson.
Aside from performing organ literature, Rispo enjoys improvising and composing. Anthony also enjoys music of other styles; his current mission in music is to capture and incorporate these alternate styles with the use of classical organ technique. Rispo has had the opportunity of performing at various venues, including: Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, The Church of The Heavenly Rest on Fifth Avenue as “Rising Young Artist” for the opening concert of The International Year of The Organ, and at West Point Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel where he received a complimentary award in performance. He performed Samuel Barber’s “ToccataFestiva” with The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra for the commemoration of Barber’s 100th birthday.
Anthony has taken part in several summer programs at some of the leading music schools in the country, including: Westminster Choir College, Oberlin Conservatory, and Yale University. Rispo has also studied abroad at some of the most well-known churches in Paris, France.
Ms. Joan P. Cavanagh, M.A., M.S. Director of Campus Ministry at Westchester
Activities and Interests: Golfing, Biking, Reading
Fun Fact: I was born in Brooklyn!
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, MA
Fordham University, MA, Ph.D. (in progress)
Hometown: Valley Stream, NY
Available For: General Campus Ministry, Spiritual Direction, Post Graduate Volunteer Discernment, Pastoral Counseling, Prayer Services
More: Joan is a good listener with lots of energy and a terrific sense of humor. She loves working students, faculty and staff. Joan has a deep appreciate for Ignatian Spirituality, and extensive experience in spiritual direction and pastoral counsel. Helping people to find God in ordinary and often painful situations of life is one of her passions. Joan holds a masters degrees in Theology (Seminary of the Immaculate Conception) and Counseling (Fordham, GSE). She also is trained as a hospital chaplain and as a bereavement counselor through Calvary Hospital. She is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Leadership and Administration at Fordham’s Graduate School of Education.
Samantha, a commuter from Mount Vernon, NY, is an Economics major, plays piano, loves animals and volunteers at her local animal shelter every weekend. What Samantha likes most about Campus Ministry is the welcoming environment and the amount of ways that students can get involved.
Peter welch fcrh '15 Campus Ministry Student Intern
Peter is a sophomore here at Fordham University studying Philosophy and Theology. He is originally from Worcester, Massachuesetts and is really excited to be a part of the Campus Ministry staff and to see faith lived in everyday life through both staff and students.
Michael martinez FCRH '13 Campus Ministry Student Intern
Michael Martinez was born and raised in Miami, FL (attended Belen Jesuit) and is a proud member of theFordham graduating class of 2013 at Rose Hill. He is dual majoring in Psychology and Philosophy, with a concentration in American Catholic Studies. When asked to indicate a fun fact about himself he said he writes and records Hip-Hop music. He joined Campus Ministry because he wanted to serve God at Fordham. He said "I heard the call, God did the rest".
ANDREW HARRINGTON FCRH '13 Campus Ministry Student Intern
Andrew is from Staatsburg, NY. He was born inGuatemala and adopted by two loving parents, Ray and Doris Harrington. He is a Junior majoring in History and Political Science. Andrew is unsure ofhiscurrent career aspirations, but heis looking forward to the years he still has at Fordham. He is excited to be working here in the Campus Ministry office, and welcomes all to come in and say hello.
ROBERT RAFFAELE FCRH '15 Student Sacristan
Robert Raffaele is a freshman from Long Island, New York. He graduated Chaminade High School with the class of 2011, and is currently a pre-med Biology Major. He enjoys spending time with friends and working as an EMT with FUEMS where he has met a lot of great people. He would explain why his nickname is Llama but he really doesn't know. Rob is very excited to be the sacristan for the weekly residence hall masses and looks forward to working with the entire Campus Ministry staff.
Megan is a Sophomore from Monroe, New York from the Rose Hill Campus. She is an International Political Economy major with a minor in Irish Studies and Pre-Law. She loves working here in Campus Ministry.
Abby wilson FCRH'15 Campus Ministry Student Wedding Coordinator
Abby Wilson is a sophomore from Kansas City, Missouri. She is a Visual Arts Major and Marketing Minor. In addition to helping with alumni weddings, she enjoys giving tours to prospective students as a Fordham Ambassador. She is looking forward to studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark next year.
jonathan rooke FCRH'15 Campus Ministry Student Wedding Coordinator
Jonathan Rooke is a sophomore from Holden, Massachusetts. He is an English and French double Major. He is the president for the Ampersand Literary Magazine. He loves helping Campus Ministry with weddings at the University Church.
Patrick cheung GBA'14 Campus Ministry Student Wedding Coordinator
Patrick Cheung is a junior from Yorktown Heights, NY. He is studying finance at the Gabelli School of Business. Patrick serves as a wedding coordinator at the Fordham University Church and was originally introduced to this vocation by Sister Regina.
Yesenia Santana is a junior from New York. She is a Psychology major with a minor in Sociology. She is the Executive Program Coordinator of the Commuting Students Association at Fordham University. She enjoys working with Campus Ministry.
Becca is a sophmore at Fordham College Rose Hill. She is from New York and is a sociology major with a french minor. In addition to working at a preschool in the Bronx, she loves helping out Campus Ministry with weddings at the Church.
Greg Pfeiffer FCLC'14 Campus Ministry Student Intern for Spiritual Programs
Greg is a Sophomore from Hartford, Connecticut from the Lincoln Center Campus. He is a Natural Science/Pre-Med and Theology double major with an interdisciplinary minor in American Catholic Studies. He is happy to be working here in Campus Ministry, and excited to get a flavor of life at Rose Hill.
Faith Brancale '14 Campus Ministry Student Intern
Faith Brancale is a sophomore from Brooklyn. She is the oldest of sevenchildren, she loves her little brothers and sisters! At the moment she in the process of discerning her major. She loves art and creating her own clothing. This year, she is excited to lead a CLC group with her partner in crime, Alyssa.
Alexander Lupo FCLC '13 Campus Ministry Student Intern
Alex Lupo is native born Jersey boy who was raised in Weehawkenand now commutes to Lincoln Center, the heart of Manhattan. At Fordham, he is a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Italian. Se vuoi parlare, vieni a Campus Ministry! He loves to lead and contribute as part of his CLC group at Lincoln Center. In addition, he is also a retreat leader and enjoys leading retreats up at Goshen. And to sum it all up, music is his true passion and forpure fun you can catch him playing the guitar, drums, or piano almost anywhere and everywhere. Please do stop by to say hello, chat, or jam out!