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 as 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.
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.
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.