Residential Ministry

Residential Ministers live in university residence halls and apartments to accompany and support students of any or no faith tradition. The twenty-five trained pastoral ministers represent a variety of faith traditions, professional careers, and personal backgrounds. Together with the full-time Campus Ministry staff, Residential Ministers embody Georgetown’s commitment to cura personalis by caring deeply for the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of all students.

Interested in becoming a Residential Minister? Apply here.

Whether a student is developing new friendships, making career choices, exploring spirituality or working through personal struggles, Residential Ministers are readily available to meet for one-on-one conversations. 

In addition to offering individual support and guidance, Residential Ministers open up their homes weekly for students to meet with friends and unwind over homemade snacks. They also provide opportunities for students to engage with social justice issues, foster personal health and wellness, and build a community which is further explained in the volunteer description.


Alumni Square & Townhouses

Tony Mazurkiewicz

West Georgetown
Roman Catholic

Tony Mazurkiewicz is originally from Chicago, IL. He earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.Div. from the Washington Theological Union. Currently, Tony serves as the Chaplain for Athletics and the Senior Advisor of the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-Religious Dialogue at Georgetown University. With over 20 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry, he lives on 36th Street with his family.

Arrupe Hall

Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D.

Arrupe
Roman Catholic

Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., is Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Georgetown University and holds an appointment as a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of English. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Fr. Bosco joined Georgetown after fourteen years at Loyola University Chicago, where he was a tenured faculty member with a joint appointment in the Departments of Theology and English. He was also Director of Loyola’s Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage from 2012-2017. At Loyola, Fr. Bosco lived in residence at Fordham Hall and provided students with spiritual guidance and home-cooked meals.

Copley Hall

Ven. Yishan Qian

Copley Hall
Buddhist

Ven. Yishan Qian is a fully ordained nun (bhikkhuni) in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist tradition. She was ordained into the Linji School of Ch’an Buddhism in 2008 and received full ordination from the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order in 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Philosophy from Wuhan University and a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Hangzhou Buddhist Academy. Ven. Yishan has completed an M.Div. in Buddhist Chaplaincy from University of the West in Southern California and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Buddhist Ministry.

Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan

Copley Hall
Hindu

Brahmachari Sharan, Ph.D. was born in London, England. He pursued monastic studies in India where he was ordained into the Nimbārka order of Hindu monks in 2003. Returning to the U.K., Dr. Sharan completed an MA (Hons) and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, with pre-doctoral training at the University of Oxford. He currently serves as the Director of Dharmic Life and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Georgetown.

Rev. Maggie Smith

Copley Hall
Protestant (PCUSA)

Rev. Maggie Smith earned a BA in Theology and Youth Ministry at Eastern University. From there she went on to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where she earned her Masters of Divinity and a certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization. Maggie was Ordained in 2017 while working as a pastor in parish Ministry. Maggie felt a call to learn more about chaplaincy and mental health so she became a chaplain resident at the Pittsburgh VA where she was trained to be a mental health chaplain. Maggie and her Partner are avid chefs and constantly perusing DC markets for fun ingredients. They are always up for hosting and making a tasty meal so don’t hesitate to reach out to her for a chat and some good food.

Darnall Hall

Umbreen Akram

Darnall Hall
Muslim

Born in Pakistan, Umbreen completed her Master’s in Computer Science at the University of Central Punjab in collaboration with Arkansas State University and settled in New York. Umbreen has been working as a Software Developer in the field of IT for a number of years. She served the Muslim community in various volunteer roles. Upon finding her calling to serve humanity more intimately she earned the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy, from Hartford Seminary, CT and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at Children’s Health, Dallas TX where she served as a Volunteer Chaplain, before joining Georgetown.

Max Bindernagel

Darnall Hall
Roman Catholic

Max is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended St. Ignatius High School. He graduated from Boston College, where he earned both a BA in Philosophy and German Studies and an MA in Philosophy. While pursuing graduate studies at BC, he served as a Peer Minister through Campus Ministry and Residential Life. Max spent two years in the Twin Cities discerning a religious vocation as a Jesuit novice. He currently teaches theology at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC.

Harbin Hall

Abigail Dean

Harbin
Orthodox Christian

Abigail Dean, a member of the Orthodox Church in America, is extremely local, being from McLean, Virginia. She has a BA in Religious Studies and minor in French from the College of William & Mary and an MA in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary; there she wrote her thesis examining female apostleship and participated in prison ministry.

Sherie Gayle

Harbin
Protestant (Church of Christ)

Sherie Gayle is pursuing a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown. In 2018, she was appointed  Women’s Ministry Leader within the Greater Baltimore Church which coincided with the completion of a Master of Theological Studies at Loyola University Maryland. 

She has given many talks on the role of women in authority and advocates for the advancement of women in general and minority women in particular. When she is not functioning in her capacity as a minister or a student, she is living her best life consuming books of all kind, writing, taking pretty pictures, vlogging, playing guitar, traveling the world (pre-COVID 19), keeping her plants alive, and patronizing local minority owned businesses.

Henle Village

Residents of Henle Village should contact Matt Hall, Associate Director for Residential Ministry (see Village A below).

Kennedy Hall

Rev. Matthew Carnes, S.J.

Kennedy Hall
Roman Catholic

Rev. Matthew Carnes, S.J. previously served as a Jesuit in Residence at Santa Clara University and continues this position at Georgetown. 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. Fr. Carnes currently is an assistant professor in the Department of Government and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown.

LXR & Nevils

Tauseef Akbar

LXR Hall
Muslim

Muhammad Tauseef Akbar is a native Chicagoan. He studied the foundational disciplines of Islam in Cairo, Egypt. On his return to the United States he received a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at North Park University and an MA in Islamic Studies specializing in theology from American Islamic College. He currently works as the Research Director for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

McCarthy Hall

Peter Mansour

McCarthy Hall
Orthodox Christian

Peter Mansour is a Subdeacon in the Coptic Orthodox Church. He is a first-generation American and the son of two Egyptian immigrants. He received a BA in History and a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Maryland and an MA in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY. Peter previously worked as the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of New York and New England as well as the Pastoral Assistant of St. Barnabas & St. Susanna Coptic Orthodox Church in Baltimore, MD. Peter lives with his wife, Sandra, who is a graduate student at American University, and their dog, Lucy.

New South Hall

Rev. Chris Steck, S.J.

New South Hall
Roman Catholic

Christopher 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. In addition to an award-winning book, Fr. Steck has published articles in contemporary Catholic ethics.

Jimson Mathew

New South Hall
Protestant

Jimson Mathew hails from the United Arab Emirates. He completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and earned a Master’s in Theology from Villanova University, where he supported interfaith outreach.As disparate as his fields of study can be, so are his interests. Jimson enjoys running, baking, meditating, conversing, delighting, laughing, and watching endless vlogs under the pretense of research. His international background and fields of study inform his curiosity into the stories of our lives, the sayings of our childhood, and our moments of flourishing.

Diane Matous

New South Hall
Roman Catholic

Diane Matous has a Masters in Theology from Holy Apostles and a Bachelor’s in Biology and Secondary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has previously worked as a teacher, a director of Hispanic ministry, and a lay missionary, and she is presently working at GUMC.

Chris Meister

New South Hall
Roman Catholic

Chris hails from Naperville, Illinois, and he also calls Chicago and New York City home. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a BA in History and Arabic. Upon completing his Masters in Education from National Louis University, Chris taught high school history in Chicago Public Schools. After four years teaching, Chris spent three years discerning a religious vocation with the Jesuits. Though he ultimately discerned the call to lay ministry, he is grateful for all he learned about Ignatian Spirituality and fostering discussions about faith, justice, and vocation. He currently works as one of the Service Team Leaders for L’Arche Greater Washington, DC.

Off-Campus

Michelle Siemietkowski

West Georgetown
Roman Catholic

Michelle Siemietkowski (COL ’92, SCS ’98) is the Catholic Chaplain for Spiritual Formation 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 with retreat ministry, spiritual direction, and pastoral counseling. She lives on 36th Street with her family.

Reynolds Hall

V. Rev. David Pratt

Reynolds Hall
Orthodox Christian

The V. Rev. David Pratt is our Orthodox Christian Chaplain. He is an archpriest in the Russian Orthodox Church. He has held the position of associate professor of philosophy at St. Martin’s University in Washington for the past ten years, and the position of sessional professor of pastoral practice at New York Theological Seminary for the past five. Fr. Pratt previously served 23 years as a U.S. military chaplain and ethicist. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative ethics from the University of Louvain, an S.T.L. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and an M.Div. from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Fr. Pratt will also serve as a residential minister in Reynolds Hall.

Ryan Hall & Isaac Hawkins Hall

Rev. Greg Schenden, S.J.

RH & IHH
Roman Catholic

Rev. Greg Schenden, S.J., entered the Jesuits in Syracuse, NY and professed First Vows in 1999. Fr. Greg studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago while hosting a weekly radio program for Loyola University’s radio station, WLUW. As his regency assignment, Fr. Greg returned to Gonzaga College High School to teach English and television communications. Fr. Greg has completed an M.Div. degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. He currently serves as Roman Catholic Chaplain at Georgetown while providing support to the Living Learning Community entitled the “Spirit of Georgetown Residential Academy”.

Village A

Matt Hall

Village A
Protestant (Episcopalian)

Matt is the Associate Director for Residential Ministry in the Office of Campus Ministry.  He has an M.T.S. degree from Emory University and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and religious studies from the University of Arizona.  Matt worked in Residence Life for eight years, both at Emory and Georgia Tech, and is a lifelong Episcopalian.  He lives with his family in the hall.

Sr. Thu Do

Village A
Roman Catholic

Sister Thu Do is a research associate at Georgetown University Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University, an M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College, and an M.B.A. from Spring College. Sister Thu serves as a resident minister in Village A.

Sr. Linh Do

Village A
Roman Catholic

Born in Vietnam, Sister Linh Do, LHC professed as a religious sister in the Catholic tradition in 2013. Sr. Do is currently completing the final year of her M.Div degree at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, and is doing her pastoral year as a resident minister in Village A.

Village C East

Residents of Village C East should contact Matt Hall, Associate Director for Residential Ministry (see Village A below).

Village C West

Diana Brown

Village C West
Latter-day Saint

Diana grew up in the foothills of Utah’s gorgeous Wasatch Mountains. She deems herself the awkward product of her father’s gnocchi-loving Italian immigrant family, and her mother’s Mormon pioneer heritage. Before Georgetown, Diana earned a BA and MA in Sociology from Brigham Young University, played violin in an instrumental post-rock band, learned Mandarin living in Taiwan, and researched American religion at the University of Notre Dame. She joined Campus Ministry in 2017, supporting Jewish, Muslim, and Dharmic Life before starting her current role as Assistant Director for Interreligious Engagement.