Meet Our Staff
Campus Ministry in the Classroom
Faculty, did you know that our Campus Ministers are happy to support your teaching and your students' learning by giving classroom presentations? Check out this list (PDF) of possible topics and please contact us if we can be of any help, on any campus or even online!
Christine came to Gwynedd Mercy University 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 in Richmond, Virginia, and a year of training as a chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Christine recently completed a three-year term as the director of the national Campus Ministry Leadership Institute, having served on the CMLI staff since 2009. Beyond GMercyU, 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.
One of Christine's favorite things is hanging out with her brother's dog, Lazarus.
Lauren DuCharme arrived at GMercyU 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. Lauren loves teaching Zumba, serving as assistant coach of our women's volleyball team, running, cooking, drinking 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 GMercyU community, where so many share her commitment to social justice.
Campus Minister for Liturgy
Michelle came to Gwynedd Mercy University in August of 2003 as our Sunday Pastoral Musician. She served as campus minister at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, PA from 1989 - 2015. She has been "wrapped in Mercy" her whole life, having been taught by the Sisters of Mercy as a child, walking 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 the Gwynedd Mercy University community a blessing in her life.
Christine has written 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!
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!
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?