The Ithaca Catholic Community is served by a passionate and diverse team of ministers who are responsible for ministry on both Ithaca College and Cornell University's campus.

For more info about each of our campus ministers you can check out below or click on one of our names:

+ Fr. Daniel McMullin
+ Matthew Hall
+ Elizabeth Lyon 


Fr. Daniel McMullin, M. Div., DMA


Fr. Dan serves as Director for the Ithaca College and Cornell University Catholic Communities. 

Fr. Daniel McMullin has a varied background in both the academic and pastoral worlds. After graduating college he spent nearly sixteen years as a monk of St. John's Abbey (Collegeville, MN). He was ordained to the priesthood at the Abbey in 1981. After earning a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) Fr. Daniel taught on the faculties of St. John's University (his Minnesota Alma Mater) and Dominican University (River Forest, IL). Now as a priest of the Diocese of Rochester, he has worked in both urban and rural parishes. Besides his obvious interest in music, Fr. Daniel continues to study and speak in the areas of Monastic and Celtic spirituality and spiritual direction.


Matthew Hall, Ph.D.

Campus Minister 

I coordinate the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at Cornell and Ithaca College, the process of inquiry and discernment that can lead to full participation in the life of the Catholic Church. The program welcomes anyone desiring for the first time to learn about the Gospel and receive the Sacraments, baptized Christians who wish to be received into the Catholic Church, and baptized Catholics who wish to be confirmed. Please contact me if you would like to learn more.

In addition to campus ministry, I am lecturer in organ, music theory, and music history at Ithaca College; director of music at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Ithaca; and managing editor of the Journal of Musicology.

I look forward to sharing my experience navigating the Cornell and Ithaca College "systems," having been a member of faculty at both institutions and a graduate student at Cornell. I also welcome the opportunity to share my experience about getting and being married, pursuing international fellowships, and balancing academic life with real life. Please reach out to talk about anything—music, literature, science, languages, religion, my life, your life, our troubled times, whatever. I'm all ears.


Elizabeth Lyon, Ph.D.

Director of Music and Liturgy

It was, perhaps, inevitable that liturgical music be a part of my life, as all four of my grandparents were church organists and music directors. Several generations back, there was even a violin-playing nun in the family. My debut as a church musician began at the age of 5 playing the Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria" with my sister for school Mass at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. It was a big hit (not to brag) and our "Ave Maria" became a fixture of liturgies for all the Marian feast days. In my Cornell doctoral dissertation, "Theorizing Music as a Spiritual Practice: Perspectives from Augustine to Tinctoris," I examine medical, philosophical, and theological theories of the ethical and spiritual value of music both within and outside of liturgy. Before coming to Cornell, I earned a B.A. in Classical Studies from Columbia University and a M.M in cello at the Juilliard School. 

I am passionate about helping to foster a loving, inclusive and diverse Catholic community at Ithaca College and Cornell. I look forward to serving the community, not only though my musical work, but through organizing small groups (such as Bible Study and special topic discussion groups) and public fora for "big questions" such as empowering women in the Catholic Church, living in a global Catholic Church and trauma and healing after the Catholic clergy sexual abuse crisis. I also look forward to working together with my fellow students to develop healthy, spiritually-based approaches to thriving in the (often) stressful environments of college campuses. 

In my free time, I enjoy learning new languages (I have studied French, Italian, German, Latin, Ancient Greek and a little bit of Sanskrit), dancing, gardening, hiking and trying out new recipes. I love learning about contemplative and meditative practices from traditions all over the world and have been a (novice!) practitioner of Zen meditation. Meeting the incredible people at Ithaca College and Cornell is a great privilege and I can't wait to grow together with the inspiring individuals who make up both college communities.