Campus Ministries Staff
Helen M. Wolf, Ph.D.
Helen M. Wolf, Ph.D. began her service as the Executive Director for Campus Ministries at The University of Scranton in July 2015. She oversees a comprehensive university-wide spiritual ministry program to students, including university Sunday worship experiences, spiritual formation, leadership development, sacramental preparation, vocational discernment, social justice experiences, global and domestic service trips, and other community-enhancing events within the Ignatian tradition. In her first year, Dr. Wolf chaired a new undertaking at The University of Scranton – In Solidarity With Syria (now known as The Refugee Solidarity Initiative), a community-wide initiative of educational programs, advocacy opportunities, and prayer activities developed to bring attention to the Syrian and broader global refugee crises.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Wolf taught elementary/high school religion in the Brooklyn Diocese for 15 years. From there, Helen served at The College of New Rochelle, a Catholic college in Westchester county, New York for 14 years as the Director of Campus Ministry for the College’s Westchester and five New York City campuses.
Dr. Wolf holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology from Pace University, a Master of Science in Education from Queens College, a Master of Arts in Religion & Religious Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Education from Fordham University. She has presented at national conferences on moral theology in postmodernity, peer ministry, multiculturalism, and the school as faith community. She has written on topics pertinent to Catholic scholarship, including young adult ministry, interreligious relationships, service learning, the Millennial generation, Catholic higher education, and ecofeminism.
Patricia Vaccaro, M.S.
Director of the Center for Service & Social Justice
Patricia Vaccaro is a life-long resident of Scranton, PA. Pat has served as the Director of Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice for the past 30 Pat 2016years. Pat works with 120 non-profit organizations in the Scranton Community matching student interests and gifts to the needs of the agency partners. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Marywood University, and a M.A. in Community Counseling from The University of Scranton. Pat has created a number of service opportunities including the FIRST (First-years Involved in Reflective Service Together); SPARK, a summer program with at-risk youth; Safe Trick-or-Treating in the Residence Halls; and, the End of the Year Collection Drive. Prior to coming to the University, Pat was a teacher in Scranton's Diocesan schools. She also was the Volunteer Director and Senior Center Manager for Meals on Wheels of Lackawanna County. Pat was a founding member of the Habitat for Humanity of Lackawanna County Chapter and was on various boards including Voluntary Action Center of NEPA and Catholic Social Services.
Amy Hoegen, M.A.
Campus Minister for Retreats and Bereavement Ministry
Amy Hoegen has worked at The University of Scranton as a Campus Minister since August of 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA and a Masters of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. Prior to coming to The University of Scranton, Amy worked for the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and later at St. Jude Parish in Mountaintop, PA as the Director of Adult Faith Formation. Amy’s areas of expertise include retreat programming, bereavement ministry, spiritual direction and Ignatian spirituality.
Fred Mercadante, M.S.
Campus Minister for Retreats and Sacramental Formation
Fred Mercadante began fulltime ministry at The University of Scranton in 2013. He began his ministerial career as a fulltime parish youth minister in New Jersey for over 11 years and then served the Catholic community in and around Clemson, South Carolina as a campus minister for 5 years before coming to the U. He is the award winning author of “Senior High Ministry That Works! A Parish-Based Initiation Model.” Fred’s main roles within the Campus Ministries office includes directing the RCIA & Confirmation Preparation processes, coordinating the Outdoor Retreat & Athletes’ Retreat programs, and assisting at Sunday liturgies.
Cathy Seymour, M.A.
Campus Minister for Social Justice
Cathy Seymour is a native New Yorker who has now lived most of her life in beautiful Northeast PA. Cathy’s areas of ministry include the Search Retreats, social justice programming and education, spiritual direction, and working with students interested in post-grad volunteer opportunities. She moderates the Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors Club, and serves on the University’s Education for Justice Committee. Cathy received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Theology, as well as her M.A. in Theology, from The University of Scranton. She is a nationally certified campus minister, and has a certificate in spiritual direction from Marywood University.
After college. Cathy served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Belize City, Belize, where she worked as a pastoral assistant at a Jesuit parish for two years. Currently, she is part of the local support team for the Scranton Jesuit Volunteer Corps community.
Barbara King, M.A.
Coordinator, International Service Programs
Barbara King joined the Campus Ministries team in 2015 as the Coordinator of the International Service Program (ISP). Barbara has worked at The University of Scranton since 2006 as the Director of Residence Life and, most recently, as Interim Dean of Students. Graduating with a B.A. in Communication Studies and M.A. in Higher Education Administration from West Virginia University, Barbara worked in Residence Life at Eastern CT State University, Lehigh University, and Texas Christian University prior to coming to Scranton. Throughout her career, Barbara has participated in many service and multicultural programs, including Habitat for Humanity, ISP Jamaica 2009 and 2016, and The University of Scranton's annual event, Festival of Nations. Barbara is a passionate educator with extensive experience in programming, student conduct, leadership and student advocacy. Her commitment to student development, adult faith, and social justice inspires her work in the Campus Ministries program.
Amy Fotta, M.A.
Amy Fotta serves as the Service Coordinator for Campus Ministries' Center for Service and Social Justice. She oversees Domestic Outreach initiatives and coordinates service opportunities in our local community. With more than fifteen years of experience in non-profit development and higher education - serving eight of those years in campus ministry - Amy is committed to engaging students in meaningful experiences that deepen their commitment to service rooted in faith and justice. Amy holds an MA in English from Salisbury University and BA in English, minor in Religious Studies, from Marywood University.
Administrative Assistant for Campus Ministries
Catherine Staples serves as the Administrative Assistant for Campus Ministries. In that role, she oversees operations and maintenance of the office, as well as the training and supervision of the office’s student workers. Catherine has been employed at The University of Scranton since 2009. During her tenure, she served on Workplace Safety Committee, the United Way Campaign Committee, and on the Staff Senate as secretary. Catherine is currently pursuing a Nursing degree.
Ellen Judge, B.A.
Administrative Assistant, Center for Service and Social Justice
Ellen Judge serves as the Administrative Assistant for Campus Ministries’ Center for Service & Social Justice. In that role, she oversees operations and maintenance of the Center, as well as the training and supervision of the Center’s work study students. Ellen holds an Associate Degree from Keystone College in Communications, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Human Resources from The University of Scranton.