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Get to know the Campus Ministries Team!

Helen M. Wolf, Ph.D. - Director of Campus Ministries

Helen Wolf_9-2016Helen M. Wolf, Ph.D. began her service as the 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, 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.

Contact information:, 570-941-7419

The Transformative Nature of Peer Ministry Programs at Catholic Colleges and Universities: Present Realities. Journal of Catholic Higher Education, Vol. 33, No. 2, Summer 2014.
Ten-Year Review of the Application of Ex corde Ecclesiae ­for the United States.
Consultant and contributing writer, 2012, The College of New Rochelle.
Prayer Services for the High School as Faith Community Workshop Series. Saint Mary's Press, July 2002.
School Liturgies: Good Catechesis and Making Worship Real for Youth are the Keys. Celebration, No. 10, October 2001, The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company.
Strategies for Creating Vibrant Worship in Catholic Schools. Included in an anthology of essays in Vibrant Worship with Youth, St. Mary’s Press, 2000.

Patricia Vaccaro, M.A. - 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.

Contact information:, 570-941-7429

Amy Hoegen, M.A. - Campus Minister for Retreats & 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 AmyUniversity 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. Amy lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.

Contact information:, 570-941-7419

Fred Mercadante, M.S. - Campus Minister for Retreats & 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 Fredover 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. When not meeting with student teams or workshopping witness talks, Fred’s door is always open – 12:30 PM – 8:30 PM Sunday – Thursday.

Contact information:, 570-941-7419

Senior High Ministry That Works! A Parish-Based Initiation Model. Twenty-Third Publications, August 5, 2008.

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 Cathyjustice 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. She is married to Jeff for over twenty years, and they have 3 terrific kids, the first of whom is headed off the Fairfield University in Fall 2016. Cathy plays guitar, and loves to garden, and cheer on the Lady Royals basketball team.

Contact information:, 570-941-7419

Ellen Judge, B.A. - Administrative Assistant

Ellen Judge has serves as the Administrative Assistant for The Center for Service & Social Justice. She has worked at The University since 1997, previously working in the Education Department.  In her role in the CSSJ office, she oversees operations and Judgemaintenance of the Center, as well as the training and supervision of the Center’s work study students. Ellen coordinates student service events such as the Volunteer & Service Fair, Safe Trick or Treat, the Community Christmas Day Breakfast, the Adopt a Family and Giving Tree programs, Easter Basket drive, and Pet Therapy as well as the End of the Year Drive.  Ellen holds an Associates 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. 

Contact information:, 570-941-7429