Chaplains-in-Residence (CIRs) and Jesuits-in-Residence (JIRs) live in university residence halls and apartments to accompany and support students of any or no faith tradition. The twenty-seven trained pastoral ministers represent a variety of faith traditions, professional careers and personal backgrounds. Together with the full-time Campus Ministry staff, CIRs and JIRs embody Georgetown’s commitment to cura personalis by caring deeply for the spiritual, emotional and social needs of all students.
Whether a student is developing new friendships, making career choices, exploring spirituality or working through personal struggles, CIRs and JIRs are readily available to meet for one-on-one conversations. Students can also access a Chaplain On-Call twenty-four hours a day during the academic year (except when the University is closed) by calling 202-677-0361.
In addition to offering individual support and guidance, CIRs and JIRs open up their homes weekly for students to meet with friends and unwind over homemade snacks. CIRs and JIRs also provide opportunities for students to engage with social justice issues, foster personal health and wellness and build community.
CIRs and JIRs are passionate about serving students and look forward to meeting you.
If you are interested in applying for a CIR or JIR position, please review the position description and application. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please visit this site in fall 2014 for the 2015-2016 academic year application deadline. Thank you.
Rev. Jonathan Rice is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He has served with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries since 2003 at Florida State University, Virginia Tech and now as the pastor for Chi Alpha at Georgetown University. Jon holds a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries from Central Bible College and an M.S. in Human Services Counseling from Southwestern A.G. University. He lives on 36th Street with his wife, Jenny, and their daughter, Sophia.
Before coming to the United States in 1990, Anne-Elisabeth Giuliani studied medicine and linguistics in France. At Georgetown, her past endeavors include doctoral studies in American History, a full-time Associate Chaplain position and adjunct teaching posts. Formed in spiritual theology at the Studium of Notre-Dame de Vie, she continues to be involved with this international center rooted in Carmelite tradition.
Lindsay Kelleher graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Theology and a Master's Degree in Education through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, a two-year service teaching program at Notre Dame. She taught theology for three years at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, and currently teaches theology at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C.
Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J. (COL ’88), Vice President for Mission and Ministry, serves as Jesuit-in-Residence in Copley Hall. Before joining the Georgetown staff in 2008, Fr. O’Brien was associate pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Jesuits in 1996, Fr. O’Brien was a corporate litigator. He teaches a popular theology class, The Church in the 21st Century, and serves as spiritual director for faculty undertaking the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Rev. Michael Calabria, OFM is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province. He has degrees in Near Eastern Studies (B.A., John Hopkins), Egyptology (M.A., Brown), Library Science (MLS, Columbia) and Divinity and Theology (M.Div./M.A., Washington Theological Union). After ordination he taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University from 2003 to 2012, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Arab and Islamic Studies with the University of Exeter, U.K.
Rev. Beth Godfrey was raised in Arizona and graduated with a B.S. from Northern Arizona University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Beth served as a local church pastor for six years before completing a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She then began Supervisory training in Clinical Pastoral Education, and now supervises chaplain interns at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
Rev. Stefanie Chappell is an ordained Protestant minister of the Assemblies of God, with over 20 years of campus ministry experience with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. She serves as the Chi Alpha director for D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, and is completing a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership. Stefanie has traveled extensively for ministry opportunities, including overseas ministry projects and speaking engagements. She is a native of Los Angeles.
Rev. Steve Spahn, S.J. (SFS ‘93, MSFS ‘94) serves as the Director of Ignatian Programs in the Office of Mission and Ministry. In this capacity he creates, directs and supports programs, retreats and group reflections for the Georgetown community based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Fr. Spahn has a wealth of chaplaincy experience, having ministered in parishes, schools and universities and hospitals. He is thrilled to minister in Harbin, his first-year residence hall.
Originally from San Diego, California, Natalie Perl Regan holds a B.A. in English from the University of San Diego and an M.Div. from the Washington Theological Union. Natalie has worked in several professional fields. Most recently, she completed a chaplain-residency as part of the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. In addition, Natalie has extensive retreat experience with the Georgetown community. Natalie and her husband, Jeff, live in Henle.
A Jesuit for twenty-one years, Rev. Matthew Carnes, S.J. is an assistant professor in the Department of Government. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Political Science, an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, an M.A. from Fordham University and a B.A. from Stanford University. He has extensive experience in spiritual and pastoral ministry, and previously served as a Jesuit in Residence at Santa Clara University.
Rev. Paul Rourke, S.J.
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Rev. Paul Rourke, S.J. has been a Jesuit since 2000. Before entering the Society of Jesus, he graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1994, attended law school at Washington University in St. Louis and worked for three years. Until recently, Fr. Rourke lived in Rome where for six years he studied theology and canon law and fell in love with Italy. He now serves as the Interim Catholic Chaplain at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Dr. Campbell Hackett holds an M.Div., a Ph.D. in Practical Theology and an M.A. in Christian Education, all from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has been a facilitator at the Princeton Hub, a drop-in center for adults with mental and behavioral disabilities, a hospital chaplain at the University Medical Center in Princeton, N.J. and an intern at Presbyterian churches where she preached, led worship and teacher workshops, taught adult education and offered pastoral care.
Rev. Daniel Madigan, S.J. is an Australian Jesuit priest who joined Georgetown's Department of Theology in 2008, where he is currently Director of Graduate Studies.
Sarah Murray has served as a Chaplain-in-Residence since 2010. She holds a B.A. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University and an M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has worked in music, retreat, relationship and pro-life ministries. Sarah is a resident physician in Family Medicine at Georgetown/ Providence Hospital. She has a special interest in underserved medicine, medical ethics and fertility awareness. She and her husband, Justin, have been married since 2008.
Rev. Jessie Lowry, an ordained Presbyterian minister, holds a B.A. in Sociology from Eastern University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Jessie previously provided pastoral care and grief support to patients and families as an Interfaith Chaplain at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York. She has received training at several other hospitals including Robert Wood Johnson, University of Pennsylvania, and Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.
Zeyneb and Salih Sayilgan are a Muslim married couple deeply committed to interreligious understanding. They are both seeking doctoral degrees in theology at Georgetown University and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Zeyneb previously obtained an M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and her B.A./ M.A. in Islamic Studies and Law from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. She is currently the Luce Visiting Scholar at Virginia Theological Seminary. Salih received his M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Alberta in Canada and his B.A./M.A. in Turkish Literature from Marmara University in Turkey. Salih is also an adjunct faculty member at the Washington Theological Consortium teaching courses on Christian-Muslim relations and Islam. Zeyneb and Salih are frequent lecturers at churches and many dialogue events.
Rev. Chris Steck, S.J. was born in Pt. Arthur, Texas. After working as a design engineer for Texas Instruments, he entered the Jesuits in 1983 and was ordained a priest in 1994. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Yale in 1999, he began work in the Theology Department at Georgetown, where he is now department chair. Fr. Steck also serves as Jesuit-in-Residence in New South Hall and is caretaker for the Georgetown mascot.
A native of California, Stephanie Wong holds a B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. She has pastoral experience serving as a Catholic middle school chaplain and hospital chaplain. She also interned at Yale’s Catholic student center, St. Thomas More. Stephanie and her husband, Josh, live in New South.
Michelle Siemietkowski (COL ’92, SCS '98) is the Director of Professional and Residential Ministry in the Office of Mission and Ministry at Georgetown. She holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Studies from the Washington Theological Union, a Master's degree in Religious Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English from Georgetown. She has experience in retreat ministry, hospital ministry and spiritual direction. She lives on 36th Street with her husband and their daughter.
Marc Rugani is a doctoral student at The Catholic University of America. He holds an MTS degree from Notre Dame and is a proud alumnus of Georgetown University. Marc taught at Xavier High School and Fordham Preparatory High School in New York City. He also volunteered for two years at the Farm of the Child, an orphanage in Honduras, where he met his wife, Elizabeth.
Upon graduation from St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, in 1955 Rev. Otto Hentz, S.J. entered the Society of Jesus. He taught philosophy at Georgetown from 1962-1965 and after theological studies was ordained a priest in 1968. He then did doctoral studies in theology at The University of Chicago and returned to Georgetown in 1972 as a member of the Department of Theology. Since its opening in 1979, Father Hentz has resided in Village A as a Jesuit-in-Residence.
Luke O'Connell holds a B.A. from Catholic University and is a Doctoral Candidate in Liberal Studies at Georgetown. Luke currently teaches religion and Latin at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. He has traveled extensively, including to Zambia, where he taught philosophy at St. Bonaventure's College and Formation Center, served at an AIDS hospice and tutored English at the City of Hope orphanage. Luke lives with his wife, Meghan, and their daughters, Clare and Faith.
Mary J. Novak is a Roman Catholic lay minister and holds an M.A. in Pastoral Studies (2012) from Washington Theological Union, a J.D. (1988) from Santa Clara University Law School and a B.S. in Management (1983) from San Diego State University. She has done advanced study in spirituality and peacebuilding. Having served as a spiritual director, retreat director and hospital chaplain in the U.S. and abroad, Mary is fundamentally rooted in Ignatian Spirituality.
Rev. David Collins, S.J. has been a professor of medieval history at Georgetown since 2004 and is the director of the History Department’s doctoral program. A native Washingtonian, he entered the Jesuits in 1987 and was ordained a priest in 1998.
Min. Wendy Hamilton holds a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Howard University School of Divinity. She completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Washington Adventist Hospital and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Wendy is a communications consultant with over 15 years’ experience, has worked on Capitol Hill and most recently served as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).