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. and 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. Matthew Hall and Elizabeth Lyon help to coordinate our music 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. 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.
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
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.
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!
Hello! I'm a sixth-year PhD candidate in musicology at Cornell and I joined the Ithaca College and Cornell Catholic team in 2018. I have studied linguistics and performance (harpsichord and organ) at Harvard, Boston University, and Leeds University (UK). Besides the harpsichord and organ, I am at home on most any keyboard, including the piano, clavichord, Fender Rhodes, Hammond, and/or synth tower. It is my dream to play the organ for a Red Sox game at Fenway Park (preferably versus the Yankees, preferably during the playoffs). I have been playing the organ in Catholic parishes since I was 12, and my mother informs me I was singing in church (loudly, wrong words) by age 2. One of the most intense musical and religious times of my life was in 2009-2010 when I was an organ scholar at Leeds Cathedral in the UK and participated in the full round of daily Mass and the Office for a year. My scholarly work deals with compositional process, analysis, and aesthetics in music literature from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Simply put, I am interested in how composers work, and how (and whether) they teach their students the craft. I am especially interested in J. S. Bach. My dissertation, Copying Bach, 1720–1750, is about Bach's apprentices and the relationship between emulation and originality. The study of Bach's music has provided me the opportunity to deepen my familiarity with scripture, church history, and the Reformation, especially the writings of Martin Luther. On a personal level, Bach's sacred vocal music has strengthened my faith, especially in times of doubt, and has helped me bridge the (often yawning) chasm between intellectual and spiritual understanding of the divine. As a member of the Ithaca College and Cornell Catholic team, I co-lead music for Masses and other liturgies with my wife, Lizzy Lyon. You will often see me playing the piano or organ at Mass. If you are interested in joining the choir, play an instrument, or simply have ideas or suggestions about the music, please get in touch.
I am also coordinating the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the process of inquiry and discernment that can lead to full participation in the life of the Catholic Church. The RCIA 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 feel free to get in touch if you would like to learn more. I am looking forward to sharing my experience as a current grad student navigating the Cornell "system," as well as my experience about getting and being married, pursuing international fellowships, and balancing academic life with real life. Please visit my office in the basement of Anabel Taylor Hall (G15) or get in touch and we can meet elsewhere! I'm open to talk about most anything: music, literature, science, languages, religion, my life, your life, our troubled times, whatever. I'm all ears.
Favorite poets: St. Augustine, John Donne, William Auden Favorite composers: Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Stravinsky Catholic favorites lightning-round: Liturgy: Triduum Saint: St. John of the Cross Hymn: Pange lingua gloriosi (Aquinas) Favorite TV: Anything funny; anything not scary. Hobbies: Amateur astronomy; woodworking; physics. Favorite outside activity: Hiking or gardening. Favorite inside activity (besides music): Cooking & eating with friends.
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.