The chaplains are honored to be a part of the ongoing spiritual development of the Holy Cross community. Please contact us for more information about our programs or to have a conversation about your faith or personal concerns.
Director of the Office of the College Chaplains
Marybeth Kearns-Barrett has been a chaplain at Holy Cross since 1991 and serves the director of the office. She also coordinates the Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair and advises students interested in full-time volunteer work following graduation in programs such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Marybeth serves as one of the directors for the Spiritual Exercises. She offers individual pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Over the course of her time at Holy Cross, she has worked extensively with gay, lesbian, and bisexual students and survivors of sexual assault. Marybeth also serves as a Saori site coach for the Holy Cross Saori Weaving Partnership which offers students an opportunity to practice the contemplative art of Saori Weaving. saoriworcester.com
A Holy Cross graduate of the class of 1984, Marybeth received her Master of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1990.
Associate Chaplain and Director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries
Reverend Virginia Coakley has been a chaplain at the college since August 2008. She is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).
Her primary responsibilities include preaching at the weekly Interdenominational Service, teaching a weekly Bible Study, and providing pastoral care to all students. Chaplain Virginia is also Director of ALANA Ministries and is responsible for supporting our ALANA students through pastoral care, developing new programs, and the ministry of presence. She is one of the Co-Founders and past Co-Chairs of the Sister to Sister Collaborative, which is a recognized committee of the College whose primary goal is to ensure that ALANA and international women experience a sense of connection and belonging on the Holy Cross campus. In 2012, Chaplain Virginia was appointed by Father Boroughs to the College’s Diversity Leadership Team.
Since her arrival, she has been recognized on several occasions for her dedication and various contributions to Holy Cross. In 2014, the Black Student Union and the Brother to Brother Group recognized her with the Caring Heart Award. In 2011, the BSU and the Bishop Healy Multicultural Society in partnership with four other recognized student groups acknowledged her contributions and dedication by awarding her with the Woman of Substance Award. In 2010, she was honorably inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society. She earned her Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science Degree from Lesley College in 2000.
Rev. Coakley has served in various ministerial roles prior to her work at the college including the following: Coordinator of Missions and Evangelism, Coordinator of Prison Ministry Team, Pastoral Counselor, Youth Minister, Sunday School Teacher, and Nursing Home, Hospital and Prison Team Member at churches in Roxbury, Cambridge, and Dorchester, MA. Her passions include preaching, teaching, and evangelism. She has participated in mission and immersion trips to El Salvador, Brazil, and St. Kitts, West Indies. In July 2012, along with colleagues from the College and a group of five students, she traveled to South Africa to participate in a transformational leadership conference which was attended by students and faculty from around the world.
Prior to working in ministry, Rev. Coakley served as Program Director for several non-profit agencies within MA including an assisted living program working with formerly homeless elders and a program for teen parents and their babies. She has also worked in several Massachusetts correctional institutions as a Corrections Counselor, Caseworker, and Post Release Coordinator. She resides in Worcester, MA with her beloved daughter, Jayla, and is the proud pet parent to Kitty Matisse.
Fr. Jim Hayes, S.J.
Associate Chaplain for Mission
Fr. James Hayes, S.J. graduated from Holy Cross in 1972, served for three years in the U. S. Navy and entered the Jesuits in August 1975. Father Hayes has a master's degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University, a Master of Divinity from Regis College of the University of Toronto, a Licentiate degree in Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a master's in pastoral counseling from Loyola College of Maryland. Father Hayes spent four years in Jamaica teaching and doing pastoral ministry. He served as chaplain at Fairfield University from 1987-1992, and Associate Chaplain at Holy Cross from 1995-1999. From 1999-2004 Father Hayes was director of vocations for the Society of Jesus of New England. Father Hayes is the founder and first chair of the College's Mission and Identity Committee.
Associate Chaplain and Director of Retreats
Meg Fox-Kelly has been a chaplain at Holy Cross since 2005 and serves as the director of the retreat program. Meg has worked as a high school religion teacher and campus minister before coming to Holy Cross. Meg works closely with the retreat teams and oversees the logistics and details of the various retreat programs. In addition, Meg facilitates the LGBTQ group and offers individual pastoral counseling and spiritual direction.
A Holy Cross graduate of 1999, Meg received her Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge. She is married to Marty Kelly, and they live in Shrewsbury with their three sons, Kieran, Sean and Conor.
Assistant Chaplain and Director of Liturgy and Music
Normand Gouin is a native of southern Maine. He received his B.M. in music from The Catholic University of America and his M.A. in theology from the University of Notre Dame. For more than 24 years, Norm has served as liturgy and music director in a variety of church settings, including St. John's Student Parish in East Lansing, Michigan, the community that serves the Catholic students of Michigan State University, the Norbertine Community of Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and Old St. Joseph’s National Shrine, in Philadelphia.
As the College’s director of liturgy and music, Norm is the chaplain responsible for the various liturgical ministries (greeters, altar servers, lectors, communion ministers, and liturgical coordinators) and serves as the administrator of the College chapels. Norm also oversees the chapel music program and is responsible for coordinating and directing the music for all major campus liturgical celebrations throughout the academic year.
Beyond Holy Cross, Norm is an active and accomplished composer. He has been commissioned to write works for cathedrals, churches, and religious communities throughout the country. Norm’s publishers include GIA Publications and MorningStar Music Publishers. He has been a contributing writer for the liturgy and music journal, the GIA Quarterly, as well as a workshop presenter for the National Pastoral Musicians Association. He has served on several diocesan liturgical commissions and has led workshops on liturgy and pastoral music throughout the country.
Associate Chaplain and Advisor to SPUD
Marty Kelly is a native of Worcester. Marty began his work at Holy Cross in 2007 after various experiences in parish, high school, and college ministry. Marty's primary responsibility is to advise Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), which facilitates student engagement with our neighbors in Worcester through both direct service and social action. The SPUD program includes more than 600 committed students and serves over 40 diverse sites in Worcester.
Marty is a graduate of Stonehill College and holds a master's degree in theological studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He is married to Meg Fox-Kelly, and they have three sons: Kieran, Sean, and Conor.
Emily Rauer Davis
Assistant Chaplain and Assistant Director of Liturgy
Emily Rauer Davis joined the Chaplains' Office in 2014 after moving back to Massachusetts from the West Coast. A 1999 graduate of Holy Cross, Emily spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before completing her Master of Divinity degree at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Her previous work in ministry has involved both high school and college campus ministry, young adult spirituality programming, and faculty/staff formation. Emily's primary responsibilities at Holy Cross include assisting with liturgical celebrations on campus as well as recruitment, training, and formation of student liturgical ministers. She also serves as a director for the Spiritual Exercises each year.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Emily currently lives in Natick with her husband, Andrew, and their two sons, Michael and Peter.
Assistant Chaplain and Director of Domestic Immersion
Originally from Los Angeles, Karla Keppel joined the Holy Cross community in 2015 and directs the Domestic Immersion program offered by the Chaplains' Office. Along with a team of students, she coordinates approximately 28 trips across the United States each year as well as helps facilitate pre-and post-immersion reflection and spiritual formation. In addition to these primary responsibilities, Karla loves being available to accompany students through pastoral counseling. She completed her undergraduate education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the dual-degree program at Boston College wherein she earned masters' degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministry. Before joining the Chaplains' Office, Karla worked as a high school Spanish teacher as well as a social worker where she was a case manager for homeless families in southern California. In addition, Karla served for a year with Rostro de Cristo, a volunteer and retreat group immersion program in Durán and Guayaquil, Ecuador. She lives with her husband Matt in one of the first-year dorms on campus, where they serve as Chaplains-in Residence.
Fr. Michael Rogers, S.J.
Fr. Michael Rogers, S.J. graduated from Holy Cross in 2002 and entered the Jesuits in August of the same year. Fr. Rogers has a master's degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University as well as an S.T.B. and an S.T.L. from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr. Rogers spent three years teaching theology and coaching tennis at Boston College High School from 2010-2012 and served as the coordinator for the Jesuits in the United States for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013. He also worked on the pastoral staff, hearing confessions and saying mass, at the Church of the Gesú, the mother chruch of the Jesuits in Rome, from 2013 - 2015. In addition to his work in ministry and education, Fr. Rogers has written both for America Magazine and the Huffington Post along with being an occasional commentator for Vatican Radio, Euronews, the Catholic News Service, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Among other responsibilities, one of Fr. Roger's primary duties is the Chaplains' Office outreach on social media.
Chaplains' Administrator for Joyce Contemplative Center, Retreats and Immersions
Karen Kallio was born, raised and resides in Worcester, Mass. She was educated locally at South High, Assumption College, Worcester State University and Central Mass School of Massage and Therapy Inc. She has two children. Her son Nicholas graduated from St. John’s, Shrewsbury and obtained his biomedical/electrical engineering degree from the University of Rhode Island. Her daughter Victoria graduated from St. Peter Marian and is currently studying neuroscience/biology premed at the University of Scranton. Karen worked for many years in the Fallon Healthcare System and St. Vincent Hospital. She began her career at Holy Cross in February 2001 providing support for the associate dean of student development and disability services. She transitioned to the Office of Conference Services in 2003, working extensively with events in the Hogan Campus Center until February 2016 when she joined the Office of the College Chaplains in a newly created position as the Chaplains’ Administrator responsible for overseeing booking and logistical support for the Joyce Contemplative Center, budgets for the Chaplains’ Office, website updates, and travel arrangements for Spring Break and International Immersion programs.
Coordinator for Campion House and Chaplains' Office
Jan Berry received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jan came to Holy Cross in 2013 as the academic administrative assistant for the English department, before transitioning to coordinator for Campion House and the Chaplains’ Office in spring 2016. Before coming to Holy Cross, Jan was employed at St. Bernadette School in Northborough as the library teacher, teaching literature and library science to grades K-8. Jan lives in Grafton with her husband, Todd, and her youngest daughter, Abigail. Her oldest daughter Emma is a student here at Holy Cross. Among administrative duties, Jan acts as official host for the Chaplains’ Office, creating a welcoming atmosphere for students and visitors, coordinating support for student meetings and events, organizing creative and effective ways to help students connect with the chaplains and their programs, and overseeing and hiring student workers and supporting student cooks and bakers. Outside of work, Jan has served on several Grafton town committees, including the Board of Library Trustees and the Historic District Commission as well as coordinating the Children’s Liturgy Program at St. Philip Church and teaching CCD.
Andrea Grant was born and raised in Providence, R.I. and now resides in Worcester, Mass., with her husband, Ryan, and two sons, Julian and Jackson. Andrea studied psychobiology, public health, and sociology at Simmons College where she earned her first Bachelor of Science degree. She then went on to pursue a second Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders from Utah State University. Andrea has worked as an administrative assistant in endocrinology and bone density at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the contestant coordinator and fundraising chair for the Distinguished Young Women of Rhode Island scholarship program, volunteers as a wish granter for the Make A Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, coaches Little League, and loves to bake.