Campus Ministry - Staff
Get to know the Campus Ministry Staff!
Christine came to Gwynedd Mercy 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, 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. Pictured here: One of Christine's new favorite things is hanging out with her brother's dog, Lazarus.
Did you know that Christine wrote four articles for Liguorian Magazine? You are welcome to read them for your own enjoyment; faculty are also welcome to use them in class, in which case the author is always happy to visit!
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! 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 in August of 2013, after spending 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 work with the Gwynedd community, where so many share her commitment to social justice. Pictured here: Lauren shows her Milwaukee pride at a Phillies/Brewers game!
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.
Petitions Full of Gratitude
St. Paul urges us present our needs to God in every form of prayer, "and in petitions full of gratitude." Is that a contradiction in terms? Perhaps not!
Embrace the Lent You Get
Many people make Lenten resolutions, but the Lent we get is often harder than the Lent we choose!
The Faithful Wait
In time and through the power of the Paschal Mystery, grief softens into something more gentle and hope-filled.
Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
Many people reassure themselves with this saying, but what does it do to our relationship with God?