Several Chaplaincy Programs Now Under New Leadership

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Several Chaplaincy programs are under fresh leadership this year with the arrival of three new chaplains who have filled recent vacancies on the staff.

In announcing the appointments, University Chaplain Richard Cleary, SJ, said, "I feel fortunate to have three wonderful new people who bring fresh ideas and energies to the department and challenge us to look at the programs currently offered so we can better serve the students and the University."

Daniel P. Ponsetto, author of two books on youth ministry including his recently published Walking Together: Outreach and Evangelization Resources for Youth Ministry , will direct the Salt and Light Company, an organization of some 50 to 100 BC students which plans approximately 35 retreats for the University community and for local parishes each year.

Ponsetto came to Boston College from the Archdiocese of Boston, where he was coordinator for the Youth Evangelization program since 1989. He holds a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in divinity from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Donald A. MacMillan, SJ, a 1966 graduate of Boston College, was chaplain at the Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, where he served as chaplain, director of community service, teacher and associate principal. Prior to that, Fr. MacMillan worked at Boston College High School in several capacities.

He will supervise the Community Living Project, a program initiated in 1990 to build a community based on Christian faith and service. Fr. MacMillan holds a master's degree in divinity from Boston College and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and the New England Association of Catholic Development Officers, as well as several other organizations.

Melissa M. Kelley will work on the 48 Hours program, a non-religious retreat program for freshmen. Kelley was formerly a campus minister at Emmanuel College. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and French from Wellesley College, a master's degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College and is currently in her fifth year of a doctoral program in pastoral psychology at Boston University, where she holds a Paul E. Johnson Teaching Fellowship. She is also a member of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association.

In addition to their respective areas of specialization, the new chaplains will spend much of their time in formal and informal conversation with students, said Fr. Cleary, and developing a sense of community in their office to serve as a model for the students. All three expressed an eagerness to meet the students and assess the needs on campus this year as they look for ways to create new initiatives and retreat programs to bring students, faculty and staff closer together, he said.

The new chaplains replace Fr. Joseph Marchese, who was appointed director of First Year Experience earlier this year; Theodore Dziak, SJ, now the director of the Boston College Neighborhood Center; and Greg Zlevor, who left the University.

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