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The Office of the Chaplains

We provide the Colgate community with a dynamic, friendly, and supportive place in which to seek answers to life’s biggest questions. We encourage students to become the best versions of themselves, growing as people of integrity and commitment. 

Contact Us!

The Office of the Chaplains is located in the Garden Level of the Memorial Chapel.  To contact us, see below or e-mail at chaplainsoffice@colgate.edu or call 315-228-7682.

The main office is generally open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.

Our Staff

Deacon Mark Shiner
mshiner@colgate.edu
University Chaplain
and Catholic Campus Minister

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Deacon Mark Shiner is the University Chaplain and Catholic Campus Minister and one of the Faculty Directors of Ciccone Commons. He started working at Colgate in July, 2003. A graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Mark was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Syracuse in 2012 after an additional four years of post-seminary training. He has served on Colgate's Student Affairs Board, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, NCBI, and many other projects, and he has advised numerous student groups within and beyond the chaplaincy. He has been a guest lecturer in a number of Colgate classes on topics including Catholicism, the Bible, and contemporary music. His passions outside of work and ministry include playing drums and guitar, writing, and spending time with his family.
Rabbi Dena Bodian
dbodian@colgate.edu
Associate University Chaplain
and Director of Jewish Life
Corey MacPherson
cmacpherson@colgate.edu
Associate University Chaplain
and Protestant Campus Minister
Jeremy Baker
jtbaker@colgate.edu
Custodian
Dianne Adams McDowell
dianneadamsmcdowell@gmail.com
Chapel Music Director
Marsha Collett
mcollett@colgate.edu
Office Manager
Father Richard Dunn
Pastor, St. Mary's Church

Weddings

Alumni, faculty, and staff may host a wedding on campus during the summer months. Visit Colgate's wedding page for more details.

Contact Maureen McKinnon, mmckinnon@colgate.edu

Memorial Services

The Office of the Chaplains can help you and your family plan a memorial service for a loved one. The chaplains can perform the service, or simply be here for support. To inquire, contact us at chaplainsoffice@colgate.edu or 315-228-7682. 

Memorial Chapel

The Colgate Memorial Chapel is home to the Office of the Chaplains, and is central to religious life on campus. The main Chapel is used for Catholic Mass and University Church Worship on Sundays, as well as for large audience events such as Gospel Fest and Baccalaureate. To learn and see more, click here.  

In addition to the Office of the Chaplains, the Garden Level offers another smaller interfaith Chapel called Judd Chapel, a reception room, a kitchen, practice rooms, and a small library. To reserve the main Chapel, please contact Lorraine Joseph in the Music Department.  For reservations in the Garden Level, contact Marsha Collett.