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The Center for Spiritual Life
Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College
727.864.7522 - phone

Doug McMahon
Director of the Center for Spiritual Life/Chaplain

Libby Shannon '05
Associate Director of the Center for Spiritual Life/Associate Chaplain

Father Oscar Kozyra
Catholic Campus Ministries

Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Campus Rabbi
Executive Director Suncoast Hillel
Office: 813.899.2788
Office Fax: 813.899.2919

Center for Spiritual Life

Center for Spiritual Life

Recent News

New Director of Campus Ministries and Chaplain

Recently, James J. Annarelli, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, at Eckerd College made the following announcement:

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce that Doug McMahon, Interim Director of Campus Ministries and Chaplain, has accepted permanent appointment to that position, effective August 1. In addition, Eckerd alumna Elizabeth "Libby" Shannon '05, has accepted appointment as Associate Chaplain. Libby earned her Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and is a candidate for ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Mona Bagasao, who has served as Director of Religious Life and Senior Chaplain, has accepted an appointment in the Program for Experienced Learners where she will continue her excellent work with students in an advising and teaching role.

During the coming year, the College will be reviewing and evaluating alternatives for configuring the Center's full-time staff positions to ensure that the changing spiritual needs of our students and broader campus community are met most effectively. Until this review process is complete, the two full-time professional staff positions in the Center will be the Director of Campus Ministries/Chaplain position and the Associate Chaplain position.

Please join me in offering congratulations and support to Doug, Libby, and Mona as they assume their new campus roles.

Best regards,

Father Oscar Kozyra

Father Oscar

Summer has taken Eckerd College's Catholic Campus Minister, Father Oscar Kozyra, to Rome, where he is the translator for the general chapter meeting of his order, the Mercedarians.  Father will call upon his fluency in 5 languages to assist this global gathering of friars in the plenary meetings and committees.  While he will be working hard from May 3 to May 24, he'll take advantage of his time in Italy afterwards for some R&R.

The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, commonly called the Mercediarians, was founded in 1218 and is an international community of priests and brothers, who live a life of prayer and communal fraternity based on the Rule of Saint Augustine and the Constitutions of the Order.  Father is a part of a community here in St. Petersburg that has provided Eckerd with a Catholic presence for over 20 years.  Father himself came to Eckerd three years ago after a career as an educator, teaching seminarians in Argentina and in the US.  An academic himself, he was delighted to join the Campus Ministries team here.

Every religious organization (for example: Jesuits, Franciscans, etc., and all monks, friars, ad nuns) has chapters.  There are two types of chapters:

  • Provincial (at the national or regional level) chapters are usually celebrated every 3 years

  • General (at the worldwide level) are usually celebrated every 6 years

The scope of the chapters is to:

  • Check over the spiritual communitarian and pastoral life during the last period

  • Plan for the next period

  • Elect (or reelect) both the provincial and general government of the order

This is a great honor to be bestowed upon Father Oscar and he is excited to be taking part in the chapter. We pray that he do well, stay healthy, and have fun!

Mission and Work

Eckerd College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church, USA and is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

The mission and work of the Center are enriched and informed by the Reformed Tradition, while remaining ecumenical and inclusive in focus as the Center seeks to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse academic community.