Mission and Ministry Team
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. Fr. Carsten P. Martensen S.J., Fr. Gerry McKeon S.J., and Fr. Daniel McMullen celebrate the Sacraments with our community throughout the year. John Morton is our campus minister who is primarily anchored on Ithaca College's campus and helps to coordinate small group spirituality for both Ithaca College and Cornell University. Anna O'Connell helps to coordinate our music and women's ministry and Pat Gillick is primarily responsible for Service and Outreaching programming. Deacon Michael Mangione serves as our Deacon, is a regular presence at our liturgies, helps coordinate many of our service initiatives and much more.
For more info about each of our campus ministers you can check out below or click on one of our names:
Director of Campus Ministry
Father Carsten is a Jesuit priest. Before entering the Society of Jesus, Fr. Carsten held a variety of jobs, including childcare worker at the Children's Home in Poughkeepsie, New York. As a Jesuit scholastic, he taught religion and mathematics and directed a summer day camp at St. Luke's Church in the South Bronx, taught theology, history and mathematics at Fordham Prep School, and spent a summer teaching in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Ordained a priest in 1977, Fr. Carsten served for two years as a campus minister at Northern Illinois University. Called back east, Fr. Carsten enjoyed eleven years as chaplain at Fordham Prep, eight years as director of campus ministry at Saint Peter's College, and seven years as pastor of Saint Anthony Church in Oceanside (Long Island), New York. Fr. Carsten's faith and enthusiasm are infectious! He is here to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Celebrate the moment – celebrate the day!
Fr. Carsten is typically on Ithaca College's campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Fr. Gerry McKeon comes to Ithaca from Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as a Campus Minister at Boston College High School and Curry College in Milton, MA. His ministerial experiences include Campus Ministry at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Ma. for four years, and Chaplaincy as well as Pastoral Ministry at the University of Connecticut for six years. He also served on the staff of Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, MA. where he offered spiritual direction and served as a retreat director assisting in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He worked abroad for eight years in Kingston, Jamaica doing pastoral ministry and Religious Education. And he served for five months in Benin City, Nigeria at a Jesuit Parish.
He was ordained in 1986 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and a Masters of Divinity from Weston School of Theology. He also has a CAES Degree in Religious Education from Boston College.
Fr. Gerry is typically on Ithaca College's campus on Tuesday.
Fr. Dan serves as the Associate Director for the Cornell United Religious Work and helps Fr. Carsten by assisting with the Sacramental Ministry at Ithaca College.
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.
Anna O'Connell is delighted to become a member of such a vibrant community of faith, here at Ithaca College. She most recently received her Master's degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, where she was director of an ensemble specializing in polyphony and chant for the Mass. In addition, she was co-director of USC's preeminent women's choir, the Oriana Chorus. It was at USC where she developed a passion for campus ministry, and was co-chair of the USC Catholic Center Grad and Young Professionals group. These two formative years echoed with the joy she had as an undergrad in Music Education with the beloved Dominican Friars at Providence College in Rhode Island.
Anna has a special interest in 20th century Catholic literary figures- and hopes you will stop by to chat about Flannery O'Connor! If Flannery wont float your boat, she is here to chat about anything- travel, food, theology, faith, and especially liturgy and music. If you play an instrument or sing, or are otherwise interested in signing up for a liturgical committee, let Anna know!
Michael Mangione, Catholic Deacon, was ordained to the Diaconate on June 1, 1991 after completing the formation program in the Rochester Diocese including a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Bernard’s Institute, Rochester, NY. After ordination he served in parish ministry in Addison, Bradford, Campbell, Watkins Glen and Elmira until 2010. In 2002 he joined the staff of the Elmira Psychiatric Center as Chaplain and remained there until October of 2012. He has enjoyed sharing his faith through Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and working with couples in preparation for marriage (Pre-Cana and FOCCUS) as well as sacramental life. Deacon Mike, as he is better known, is available anytime to anyone who has questions of faith or simply needs a conversation. He resides with his wife, their dog and two black cats on Hanshaw Road in Cayuga Heights. He is the father of three and has nine grandchildren, ranging in age from nine to twenty-two.
Campus Minister for Small Group Spirituality and Communication
John Morton joined the Ithaca College and Cornell Catholic Communities in August 2016. He will help coordinate small group spirituality and assist in the formation of Christian Life Communities on campus as well as assist in the communication and promotion of various events through the community’s print, social media and website pages. John is from Quincy, MA and attended Catholic school his whole life. Growing up, he has served as a lector at Masses in his local church.
John graduated from Holy Cross in Worcester in 2015 with a BA in English and Political Science. Throughout his time at Holy Cross, John was a lector at Mass and participated in a weekly faith sharing group as well as a Bible study. John also participated in and led retreats such as Manresa, the first year retreat and the Spiritual Exercises. Finally, John also participated in Holy Cross’ Spring Break Immersion program traveling to Virginia in 2013 and 2014. Outside of campus ministry activities, John served as a Big Brother to a middle school student and worked as an Outreach Volunteer in the Admissions Office.
If you are interested in meeting with John, his door will always be open.
Campus Minister for Service and Outreach
Pat Gillick joined the Cornell Catholic and Ithaca College Catholic Communities in summer 2017. Pat worked for 3 years at Nazareth Farm, a service-retreat center in West Virginia. The Ithaca College Catholic Community sends students to West Virginia over each winter break.