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 LGBTQIA+ 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.
Hospitality Coordinator at Campion House
Laura Nelson joined the Chaplains Office in October 2019, She studied Geology at Hamilton College in upstate NY and worked in the fashion industry for many years in NYC. To explore her long-standing passion for baking, she attended the French Culinary Institute and earned her Pastry Arts certification. After relocating back to her beloved home state of Massachusetts in 2014, Laura combined her passions for health & wellness and food to become a personal chef. Her primary focus is on healthy menu planning and meal prep for her clients as well as catering to food allergies and plant based nutrition. As Hospitality Coordinator for the Chaplains Office, Laura brings her passion for food and serving others to her role. She oversees and mentors the student cooks and bakers, menu plans for luncheons and dinners and, handles the room bookings at the Campion House. Laura lives in Princeton with her husband, two children and a plethora of animals.
Andrew A. Omondi
Before joining Holy Cross as assistant chaplain with special responsibility for outreach to athletes, Omondi taught Theology at Providence Cristo Rey High School in Indianapolis. He also taught and served in other Jesuit Missions in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda as an educator and a missionary. Omondi holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of London (IOE) and another Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Boston College. He is married to Izabela Omondi. Omondi, Izabela, and their children Austin and Natalia live on campus in Brooks-Mulledy Hall where they serve as Chaplains-in-Residence.
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 Bosatsu 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 Director of Domestic Immersions
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 works with a team of student leaders to coordinate trips across the United States over Fall and Spring Break, and facilitates pre- and post-immersion reflection and spiritual formation. She also assists with liturgy and retreats and enjoys meeting with students for spiritual direction.
A native of Syracuse, NY, Emily currently lives in Natick with her husband, Andrew, and their two sons, Michael and Peter.
Office Manager 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.