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.
Director of Liturgy and Music
Laurence Rosania, a first-generation college graduate and Philadelphia native, received his B.A cum laude from Yale College and an M.A. in Spirituality from Fordham University, with additional study at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy) and the College of Music, Temple University. As Director of Liturgy and Music, he is responsible for the liturgical ministries of the College and all major campus liturgical celebrations. As a liturgical composer his music is sung throughout the USA and abroad. It is published and recorded by OCP and World Library Publications, and appears in numerous resources including Breaking Bread, Glory and Praise, JourneySongs and Thánh Ca Dân Chúa.
He has served at three historic New York City churches including the Jesuit Church of St. Francis Xavier, St. Paul the Apostle (Founding Church of the Paulist Fathers), and the Capuchin Church of Holy Cross-St. John the Baptist. He was Artist-in-Residence at the Interfaith Center of C.W. Post/Long Island University, and is known for his workshops and retreats in the Psalms and Gregorian chant. His commissioned work for churches and schools includes a recent premiere at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC,
Laurence has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians /New York, and is an active member of Mensa International.
His career in New York City comprised work as conductor, teacher, accompanist, recording artist, and performances in venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has been a resident at the Trappist St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA, Dai Bosastu Zendo in New York, with Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village, France, and at the New York Catholic Worker with Dorothy Day.
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.
Assistant Chaplain and Athletic Chaplain
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.
Assistant Chaplain, Protestant Ministry
Sam Lovett is a restorative justice practitioner with a passion for exploring the gospel message in a religiously diverse world. He conducts inter-denominational worship for the Holy Cross community on Sundays (4:30pm, McCooey Chapel), and Tuesday night bible study. Sam earned a Master of Divinity from Boston University and previously studied strategic communication at American University. He completed his undergraduate degree at Boston College.
A member of the United Church of Christ, Sam is pursuing ordination in the denomination. His ministry has included work with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the Disciples of Christ Center for Public Witness, and the United Church of Christ Office of Communications, Inc. While in divinity school, he worked as a campus ministry graduate assistant at Boston College. Sam is an avid hiker and a member of the Boston Triathlon Team.
Administrative Coordinator Campion House
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. 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. Jan's administrative duties include budgeting for the Chaplains’ Office. 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.
Administrative Coordinator for the Chaplains Office and Joyce Contemplative Center
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. Andrea is currently responsible for overseeing booking and logistical support for the Joyce Contemplative Center, budgets for the Chaplains’ Office, and website updates.