Keynote Speakers

Michael Miller


Wednesday, July 26th


Seelos Theater

Michael Miller is a leadership trainer and a consultant who travels over 200 nights a year to colleges and universities around the United States . . . and EVEN Canada! He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Fairfield University in Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Framingham State University in Massachusetts.

Michael has been employed as a student affairs administrator at six different colleges and universities in the East and Midwest and has been a residence hall director, director of student activities, orientation, Greek life and the Student Union.  In addition he’s served as an Assistant Dean working with judicial affairs along with other student life functions.  Besides his speaking and consulting work, Michael is a contributing author to a book entitled: Lessons From the Road: Inspirational Insights by Leading Speakers in Higher Education and is co-author of another book called “The NOW Factors of College Success.

Outside of Higher Education, Michael worked for two years at United Airlines in Reservation Sales and Service, working also as an on-the-job trainer. He also has been an employee of Weight Watchers International.

Michael loves to run alongside Lake Michigan in the beautiful city of Chicago where he lives. He loves to travel to exciting places around the world, having traveled to Madagascar and Dubai in the Middle East.  And, he loves hanging out with beautiful people like all of you in any cool coffee shop anywhere!

Shiva Subbaraman


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Thursday, July 26th


Hogan Campus Center Ballroom

Shiva Subbaraman has the honor and privilege of being the first director of the LGBTQ Resource Center at Georgetown.  The Center was established in the Fall of 2008, and has since established a range of educational programs and celebratory events. The Center works closely with all pre-orientation, orientation and leadership programs; offers trainings and workshops; and partners with academic departments. We work closely with the Office of Mission & Ministry, and provide a larger inter-faith framework for our work. 

The Center received a one million endowment from Paul and Chan Tagliabue (Chairman, GU Board of Directors, and former NFL Commissioner) that will establish the Tagliabue Initiative for LGBTQ Life, one of the first of its kind in the country. 

She has presented at several national conferences (ACPA, NASPA, JASPA, Expanding the Circle, Creating Change) on racial and social justice, LGBTQ/faith, and gender. She has done day-long institutes, workshops, and trainings on how to envision and implement LGBTQ work that is truly intersectional in the context of Jesuit educational values and principles.


Rev. James Martin, S.J.


Friday, July 27th


Seelos Theater

The Rev. James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, author and contributing editor at America, the national Catholic magazine. James Martin was born in Plymouth Meeting, PA., and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1982, where he received his bachelor's degree in economics (B.S. Econ.) with a concentration in finance.  After working for six years in corporate finance with General Electric in New York City and Stamford, Ct., he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1988.

During his Jesuit novitiate, Martin worked at a hospital for the seriously ill, in a hospice for the sick and dying with the Missionaries of Charity in Kingston, Jamaica; and at the Nativity Mission School, in New York City.  In 1990, he pronounced his simple vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.  From 1990 to 1992, he studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, and worked in an outreach program with street-gang members in the Chicago housing projects, and at a community center where he helped unemployed men and women.  For his “regency” assignment, he worked for two years with Jesuit Refugee Service/East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, where he helped East African refugees start small businesses, and co-founded a refugee handicraft shop called The Mikono Centre; and for one year with America magazine in New York City.  In 1995, Martin began graduate theology studies at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), where he received his master's degree in divinity (M.Div.) in 1998, and his master's in theology (Th.M.) in 1999.  While in Cambridge, he worked as a chaplain at a Boston prison.  After completing his Jesuit studies, he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in June 1999.  On Nov. 1, 2009, he pronounced his final vows as a “fully professed” Jesuit.

Father Martin is the author of several award-winning books.  His most recent book is Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life, (HarperOne, 2011), which was named as one of “Best Books” of 2011 by Publishers Weekly.

*Be sure to pick up a copy of Father Martin’s newest book in the Holy Cross Bookstore*

Service Panel

Saturday, July 28th at 11:00 a.m. Hogan Ballroom


Rev. Dr. Sarai Rivera Dr. Sarai Rivera, is a first generation Puerto Rican American, born in Bronx, New York.  She came to Worcester, Massachusetts at the age of four, where she was raised and educated. Rev. Dr. Rivera is an alumna of Worcester State College (B.S.- Psychology); the University of Connecticut School Social Work (MSW - concentration in Clinical and Group Work) and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctorate in Urban Ministries).

She has worked within the Worcester Community since 1988 and has extensive experience in the areas of community mental health, and interventions for multicultural populations in urban settings as well as community organizing. She has specialized in crisis interventions, group work, individual therapy and pastoral counseling for adults, adolescents and families.  She has developed and implemented clinical and psycho-educational programs for adolescents and adults with a joint publication in 1997 in the American Psychiatric Association.

Ordained in 2000, Rev. Dr. Rivera co-founded Christian Community Church with her husband, the Rev. Jose Encarnacion. They are co-pastors of the successful urban ministry that is a catalyst for change through faith in action and community organizing. She also conducts after-school and mentoring programs, is a leader in the Worcester Interfaith Council and played a key role in forming the Worcester Clergy and Police Community Partnership.

Sean Dillon

Nativity Picture.JPGSean Dillon is a 2004 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. Following his graduation, he served as a volunteer fellow at Nativity School of Worcester.  Nativity is a small Jesuit middle school (grades 5-8) that serves the at-risk male population of Worcester through a comprehensive program of classes, athletics, tutoring, and community service, with a focus on preparing young men for high school, college, and the world beyond.  During his fellowship, Sean taught English, music and drama. Following his fellowship, Sean stayed on at Nativity as a lead teacher, and is now entering his fourth year as principal of the school. In the course of that time, he has also completed a master's degree in the art of teaching from Clark University, as well as a master's degree in educational administration from Boston College.

Caroline Cataldo

dance(2).JPGCaroline Cataldo is a member of Holy Cross’ Class of 2012, she graduated with a major in English, a minor in Anthropology and a concentration in Creative Writing Non-Fiction.  Caroline was one of the founders/Co-Chairs of the Holy Cross Dance Marathon, a 12 hour dance marathon to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation which raised more than $26,000 in its inaugural year.

Caroline has a passion for leadership and inspiring others to serve the Holy Cross community and beyond. From leading a Spring Break Immersion trip to Native American reservations in New Mexico to sharing her love for reading and writing while volunteering at a local elementary school, these invaluable experiences have only strengthened her steps (and faith) as she looks towards her “post Jesuit College” future. 

As she prepares to leave for Billings, Montana at the beginning of August with a position in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps-Northwest, Caroline will be taking with her a very Jesuit way of looking at the world, an immense love for writing, and a firm belief that everyone has a story to tell.

Asa Needle

Asa is Coordinator of Outreach and Education at Worcester Roots Project. He has facilitated workshops and trainings around the region on everything from environmental justice to public speaking. He has organized and promoted events ranging from block parties and house parties to educational concerts and conferences. He is dedicated to creating connections and coalitions between people of diverse ages and backgrounds, and reaching out to those otherwise overlooked. He works with numerous community, outreach, and advocacy organizations including the Solidarity and Green Economy Alliance, Worcester Unemployment Action Council, and Stone Soup Community Center.