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. 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.
Abrey feels very blessed to be part of a vibrant faith community and ministry team. She knows first hand the importance of campus ministry from the significant role it played in her faith journey. In her freshman year at Ithaca College she was invited to a weekday Mass, known as “Fireside Mass,” which was the start of a journey that led to a deeper spiritual life, strong sense of faith, and passion for ministry. Her experiences with the community, making retreats, and going on service trips were great blessings for her. She served as co-chair of the spirituality committee from 2015-2017, leader and rector for Kairos retreats, and was president of the Ithaca College Catholic Community in 2017. Abrey graduated in 2018 from Ithaca College, earning a BA in Psychology with a minor in music. She took special interest in counseling and mental health in her studies. Outside of ministry, Abrey has valued the time spent doing creative arts in a local juvenile detention center with a student organization, for which she served as the Program Coordinator. She enjoys reading books, especially about faith and spirituality, and discussing faith. She loves to hear new ideas and work on creative ways to be a witness of God’s love and grace. She also loves practicing her double bass and listening to music. Come say hi—you’re always welcome!
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 visit the RCIA webpage and/or contact me if you would like to learn more.
You will often see me serving as the organist at Sunday Mass or the cantor at weekday Mass. I have been playing the organ in church since childhood. I studied organ in conservatory and was an organ and choral scholar at Leeds Cathedral in West Yorkshire, UK, where I participated in the full round of daily Mass and the Office.
I'm looking 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.
Hi! I am excited to join the Ithaca College and Cornell Campus Ministry team as co-director of music and liturgy for the 2018-2019 school year. 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. Currently, I am working towards a PhD in musicology with a dissertation entitled "Theorizing Music as a Spiritual Practice: Perspectives from Augustine to Tinctoris" in which I examine medical philosophical and theological theories of the ethical and spiritual value of music (both in and out 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 Juiliard 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. Please don't hesitate to stop by my office at Cornell (Anabel Taylor, G15) or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.