Division of Mission & Ministry Staff


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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 The Center for Service and Social Justice for over 30 years. 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.

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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. She is also a certified spiritual director. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Michael O'Malley

Director of Liturgy & Music

Campus Ministries

Michael O’Malley is a graduate of Marywood University where he studied music education and piano. Michael has worked as a music educator, choir director, pastoral musician, and liturgist for parishes and schools in Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. From 2018 – 2021, he was the Director of Liturgy and Music at the Church of St. Patrick in Mount Dora, Florida, and also served on the Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of Orlando. In addition to his ministry at the University of Scranton, Michael is currently the Director of Liturgy and Music at Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Clarks Summit.    Prior to coming to Scranton, Michael worked as a teaching artist at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando and as a piano instructor at Central Florida Community Arts. He continues to be active in the local arts community as an accompanist and music director. Michael is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the American Choral Directors’ Association.

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Lynn Gavin

Coordinator of Local Service & Community Outreach

The Center for Service & Social Justice

Lynn serves as the Coordinator of Local Service & Community Outreach in the Center for Service & Social Justice. In that role, she works closely with our local agency community partners and trains students for volunteer opportunities, as well as assisting the director with large local service projects. Lynn has worked at the University since 1999, working in the Finance, Printing & Mailing Services and The Admissions offices. Throughout her years at The University of Scranton, Lynn has participated in many University service programs, including chaperoning DOS Williamston, N.C. 2001, ISP Jamaica 2017 and Ecuador 2019 and the annual Christmas morning breakfast with her family. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Scranton.

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Ellen Judge, B.A.

Administrative Assistant

The Center for Service & Social Justice

Ellen Judge serves as the Administrative Assistant for The Center for Service & Social Justice. In that role, she oversees operations and maintenance of the Center, all advertising for the Center's programs, as well as the training and supervision of the Center’s work study students. Ellen also coordinates the annual Adopt a Family and Giving Tree Christmas drives and our biannual Pet Therapy program. 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. She has worked in the CSSJ office since September 2001. Prior to that, Ellen worked in The University's Education department beginning in 1997.