Our Chaplains and Jesuits are passionate about serving students and look forward to meeting you.
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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-five 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 anytime after hours (5pm-9am, and weekends) 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.
1440 36th St., N.W.
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. Lindsay and her husband, Patrick, live on 36th Street with their son, Jack.
Rev. Jonathan Rice
1432 36th St., N.W.
Protestant (Assemblies of God)
Rev. Jonathan Rice is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and the Director of Residential Ministry at Georgetown University. Prior to serving as the Director of Residential Ministry, Jon served with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries from 2003 - 2014 at Florida State University, Virginia Tech and here at Georgetown. Jon holds a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries from Central Bible College and an M.S. in Human Services Counseling from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He lives on 36th Street with his wife, Jenny, and their daughter, Sophia.
Carmen Fitzsimmons is a graduate of the Georgetown College Class of 2008, where she majored in Theology. After Georgetown, she studied at the University of Notre Dame and earned a Master of Theological Studies in Catholic Systematic Theology. She has worked for the past six years in high school campus ministry organizing retreats, coordinating service projects, and offering spiritual direction. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Carmen lives with her husband, Mike Rosenblatt, a Georgetown Law student and fellow Hoyas basketball enthusiast.
226 Copley Hall
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, positions as Associate Chaplain and Lecturer. 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. She currently works as an interpreter in international affairs and as a researcher in 18th-century Atlantic History.
426 Copley Hall
Jeff is originally from Mount Shasta, California. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, and earned a Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Biola University in Southern California. Most recently, his academic endeavors took him to Scotland where he earned a Masters in Historical and Systematic Theology at the University of St. Andrews. Jeff has over 10 years of ministry experience in the Presbyterian Church, serving both youth and college students in church and college campus ministry settings. Jeff lives with his wife Hayley, who is a Georgetown alum with a degree from the School of Foreign Service.
212 Darnall Hall
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 in one of the freshmen residence halls. 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.
112 Darnall Hall
Seher was born and raised in the Sunnyvale, California. She completed her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and Psychology at Santa Clara University. She spent much of her free time at SCU in Campus Ministry working with the Interfaith Council. Seher is currently a student at Hartford Seminary where she is finishing her M.A. in Islamic Studies with an emphasis in Muslim-Christian Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. Seher has been deeply involved in her local Muslim and Interfaith communities; being a part of both and building bridges is one of her biggest passions.
419 Harbin Hall
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised just outside Washington, D.C. in Maryland, Heather Kinney has nearly fifteen years of experience in ministry. She holds degrees in Religious Studies (B.A., University of Missouri) and Theology (M.A., Washington Theological Union). Heather has served in campus ministry at Case Western Reserve University and the University of San Diego and in parish ministry at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., specializing in faith formation and retreats.
519 Harbin Hall
Brooks Zitzmann is a doctoral student in social work at The Catholic University of America, where she is interested in the intersection of clinical social work and spirituality. Brooks is licensed as a clinical social worker in the state of Louisiana where she practiced counseling at Loyola University New Orleans for 4 years. She holds an MSW from Tulane University, an M.St. in Science and Religion from Oxford University, and a B.A. with double majors in Biology and Religion from Texas Christian University.
Rev. Joel Daniels
Protestant (Church of God)
Joel Daniels is a PhD student at Georgetown University in the Theological and Religious Studies program. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Joel and his family helped start and then pastor a church in the Boston area. During their time in Boston, Joel earned his master’s degree in Theological Studies from Boston University. Joel holds credentials in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) and has served in various pastoral roles for the past ten years. He will live in Henle 2 with his wife, Heather, and their children.
Rev. Matthew Carnes, S.J.
510 Kennedy Hall
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.
G-01 LXR Hall
Protestant (African Methodist Episcopal)
Rev. Netetia K. Walker is an ordained Itinerant Elder with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC). She earned a M.Div. and M.A., M.F.T. at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS). Netetia completed her post masters requirements as a pre-licensed professional at CTS Counseling Center. She holds a M.B.A. From Indiana Wesleyan and a B.S. with concentrations in Meetings and Convention Management and Business from Northeastern State University. Netetia has extensive management experience in the fields of corporate America, not-for-profit, faith leadership, and serving in grassroots communities. She is a Pastoral Educator, Supervisory Candidate pursuing her certification with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Netetia is a native of Oklahoma. Netetia serves the LXR and Nevils communities.
326 New South Hall
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.
304 McCarthy Hall
Sara Seligmann was raised in Tennessee and graduated with a BA in Theology from Xavier University and an MA in Pastoral Ministries from Santa Clara University. Between udergrad adn grad school, Sara participated in the Jesuit Voluteer Corps in East L.A., worked on death penalty abolition in Ohio, and taught high school Theology for three years. For two years while studying at Santa Clara, Sara was a Resident Minister and ran the Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors and the Ignation Solidarity Internship in Campus Minstry.
304 McCarthy Hall
Brad Seligmann is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his B.A. at Xavier University in the Philosophy, Politics, & the Public program, and completed his M.A. in Interreligious Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology where he researched religious diversity in Jesuit higher education. Prior to graduate school he was the coordinator for an interfaith service and dialogue program at the University of Michigan. Currently Brad serves as chair for the youth program of the International Council of Christians & Jews, which works globally to promote dialogue between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Brad and his wife Sara are living in McCarthy where they both serve as Chaplains in Residence.
Cedric is a Kenyan raised in Mombasa (a small Island along the East African Coast). He graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a B.A in Philosophy. Cedric spent eight years discerning a religious vocation as a Jesuit Scholastic. While in the Jesuits, he served in Campus Ministry at various Jesuit education institutions, from Zimbabwe to Tanzania. He has experience as a retreat guide and spiritual director. Beginning this fall (2016), Cedric will start studying for a J.D at Georgetown Law Center. He currently works as the Assistant Director of Advancement for St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School (a free high school for HIV/AIDS orphans) in Nairobi-Kenya.
Rev. Chris Steck, S.J.
422 New South Hall
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 retired Georgetown mascot.
126 New South Hall
David has nine years of experience in ministry with college students and young adults. From 2007-2010 he served with Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Jerusalem and Washington, D.C. He has worked in campus ministries at American University and the University of Hawai'i Manoa. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Washington College in Chestertown, M.D. and a M.Div from Wesley Theological Seminary in D.C., where he continues to serve as a teaching assistant. He lives with his wife Leigh and their adorable puppy Penny Lane in New South 126.
126 New South Hall
A native of South Florida, Leigh Finnegan-Hosey earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Florida, and a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Leigh has engaged in urban ministry and spiritual formation among communities in Miami, Chicago, and Denver. Prior to attending seminary, she moved to Bradford, England, where she coordinated cross-cultural and interfaith events for the city’s Christian and Muslim youth. Leigh currently attends Church of the Common Table in Vienna, VA, and is a regular contributor to the Emerging Voices blog on Patheos.com, an online dialogue exploring religion, spirituality, and emerging trends in progressive culture. She is looking forward to serving the Georgetown community alongside her husband David in New South 126.
Dr Vrajvihari Sharan was born in London, England. After completing secondary education, he pursued monastic studies in India where he was ordained into the Nimbārka order of Hindu monks in 2003. Having taught Hindu priests for three years, he returned to the U.K. where he completed a MA (Hons) and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, with pre-doctoral training at the University of Oxford. He was the Honorary Hindu Chaplain at the University of Edinburgh and the spiritual advisor of dozens of Hindu Temples worldwide. Dr. Sharan also serves as the Director of Hindu Life at Georgetown. He enjoys engaging with and helping people of all faiths and none.
1409 36th St., N.W.
Michelle Siemietkowski (COL ’92, SCS '98) is the Director for Graduate and Undergraduate Student 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 in retreat ministry, hospital ministry and spiritual direction. She lives on 36th Street with her husband and their daughter.
Olivia Lane is an Oklahoma native and an alumna of The University of Tulsa where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She also holds a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Medical Ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary. Olivia is certified to receive a call in the Presbyterian Church (USA), has a first-degree black belt in Judo, and spent the past three years in Durham, North Carolina working in neurosciences and psychiatric chaplaincy in addition to running her own interior styling agency. She and her husband Josh live in Village C West 812 with their son, Eli.
424 Reynolds Hall
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.
Rev. Greg Schenden, S.J.
Rev. Greg Schenden, S.J., entered the Jesuits in Syracuse, NY in 1997 and professed First Vows in 1999. From 1999-2002, Fr. Greg studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago while also working with Bosnian refugees in the Chicagoland area and hosting a weekly radio program for Loyola University's radio station, WLUW. As his regency assignment, Fr. Greg returned to Gonzaga College High School from 2002-2005 to teach English and television communications. Fr. Greg has completed the M.Div. degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. He served as co-director of the RCIA program and deacon at St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco, CA. He was ordained on June 14, 2008, at Fordham University Church in Bronx, NY, by His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York. From 2008-2013, Fr. Greg served as Associate Pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown. He spent five years there, involved with (in addition to the day-to-day sacramental life of the parish) the RCIA program, the Ignatian spirituality formation, Young Adult chaplaincy, and the formation of the “Movie Moments of Grace” monthly film series. From 2013-2014 Fr. Greg was in Southeast Asia for his Jesuit tertianship (the final stage of Jesuit formation before professing Final Vows). Fr. Greg is currently Roman Catholic Chaplain at the Main Campus of Georgetown University. Greg will be moving into the Former Jesuit Residence this fall. He and Mary Novak will be collaborating, as FJR and VCE have combined into one team.
Rev. Katie Francis
D402 Village A
Katie Francis holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary with a concentration in Pastoral Care. She has over 10 years of experience in ministry. Prior to moving to DC she worked as a parish associate minister and as a hospice chaplain in Tallahassee, Florida. Katie is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She and her husband John have two daughters, Wren (3) and Cedar (1), and are originally from Richmond, Virginia.
Easten Law was raised in the nearby DC suburb of Silver Spring,MD. After graduating from Wheaton College, IL, Easten spent several years teaching culture and communication at Anhui Normal University in Anhui Province, China. Previously, Easten taught intercultural relations at American University and earned his Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus on Urban Ministry. He is currently studying for his doctorate in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown and serves as an intern covenant member of New Community Church where he advocates for affordable housing and equitable development in DC. In his free time he enjoys tea, reading poetry and fiction, getting lost in art galleries, and playing with his two children.
Rev. Brandon Harris
1062 Village C East
Protestant (American Baptist)
Brandon was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Rochester, New York. Brandon attended The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Religion. He earned an M.Div. with certificates in Black Church Studies and Baptist Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Brandon is a Licensed Minister at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and in the Church of God in Christ. He will be ordained in June in the American Baptist Churches USA and Progressive National Baptist Convention. Previously he served as the Pastoral Assistant for College Ministry at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. In addition to serving as a CIR, this fall he will be serving as a Protestant Chaplain for the Law Center and Main Campus, working for Fr. Paul Rourke and Rev. Bryant Oskvig.
812 Village C West
Shine is currently finishing up her studies at Hartford Seminary's Islamic Chaplaincy Program, a combined Masters Degree in Religious Studies/Christian Relations, and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. Her main area of research focuses on the spiritual development of Muslim students on American college campuses. Shine grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and received her BA in comparative cultural and religious studies from The Ohio State University. She has previously served as the Muslim Chaplain at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Rev. Holly Heikkela
830 Village C West
Protestant (Assemblies of God)
Rev. Holly Heikkila is a Protestant minister with the Assemblies of God. She has over a decade of ministry experience in the church, with young adults, in hospitals, and as a missionary to the Philippines. She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Regent University and otherwise studied the scientific disciplines. She also completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), most recently at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. She grew up in San Francisco and Seattle areas.