Campus Ministry - Staff
Get to know the Campus Ministry Staff!
Campus Minister Lauren DuCharme, Grad Assistant Renee Schwartz, and Director Christine Eberle
Christine came to Gwynedd-Mercy College in August of 2004, having served for 11 years as the Associate Director of the Newman Center (Catholic Campus Ministry) at West Chester University. She has a master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College , and a bachelor's in Theology and English from St. Joseph 's University. Her background also includes full-time volunteer work in a house of hospitality for homeless people and a year of training as a hospital chaplain. Christine is the Director of the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute (Session One), having served on the CMLI staff since 2009. Beyond Gwynedd Mercy University, Christine gives retreats, talks and workshops on a variety of spiritual topics, and cantors at St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Germantown. The warmer months find her in her backyard garden in Jenkintown, finding God in vegetables, flowers, and weeds.
Father John Collins, CSsR
Father John came to Gwynedd Mercy University in 2001 to serve the community as Chaplain and campus minister. He is a Redemptorist priest whose ministerial background includes parish ministry, retreat work, spiritual direction, pastoral counseling and psychotherapy. Father John obtained master's degrees in Religious Education (MRE) and Divinity (M Div) during seminary studies and completed a master's program in clinical social work (MSW) after ordination. In his spare time John enjoys the ocean, playing golf, and rooting for his hometown Boston Red Sox! Fr. John is on sabbatical for the 2013-14 academic year. You may still contact him at the e-mail above, which he will check periodically. Pictured here: FJ lends a hand at Mercy Center in the Bronx during an Alternative Break Trip in 2012!
Lauren DuCharme arrived at Gwynedd-Mercy College mid-August of 2013, after having spent a year teaching High School theology at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg, PA. In 2012, she completed a two year residential campus ministry internship program as part of her graduate studies in theology and pastoral ministry at Villanova University. Lauren also worked for three years in Pastoral Ministry and Parish Life at Holy Angels Parish in West Bend, WI after spending two years as a Catholic Missionary with the Passionist Volunteers International in Talanga, Honduras. Lauren’s passion for social justice, international travel and the Spanish language have led her to places such as the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Bolivia and Peru. She loves teaching Zumba, running, cooking, coffee, laughing and most especially, as a native cheese head, cheering for her beloved Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. Lauren feels extremely blessed to be given the opportunity to share and work with the Gwynedd community, and looks forward to sharing her commitment to social justice, and to widening the circle of mercy.
Renee began the masters program in school counseling at Gwynedd Mercy University in the fall of 2011, and jumped right in as our graduate assistant at the same time. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Renee works by day as a case manager at Northwestern Human Services in Langhorne, balancing work, school, and GA responsibilities while making it look easy!
Michelle came to Gwynedd-Mercy College in August of 2003 as our Sunday Pastoral Musician. Michelle has been the full-time campus minister at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova , PA since 1989. She has been "wrapped in Mercy" her whole life long having been taught by the Sisters of Mercy as a child, having walked the vowed life with them for 13 years (1976-1989) and presently as an Associate in Mercy since 1994. Mercy drew her to Gwynedd Mercy University. Michelle has a Masters in Pastoral Studies (MPS) from the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of Chicago . After graduating from IPS in 1989, Michelle was part of the IPS Summer Liturgy Team (1989-1995). Liturgy and life are inseparable to Michelle and she considers her Gwynedd Mercy University community a blessing in her life.