Meet the Chaplains


Marybeth Kearns-Barrett

Director of the Office of the College Chaplains


Marybeth Kearns-Barrett has been a chaplain at Holy Cross since 1991. She also coordinates the Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair and advises students interested in full-time volunteer work following graduation in programs such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Marybeth serves as one of  the directors for the Spiritual Exercises. She offers individual pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Over the course of her time at Holy Cross, she has worked extensively with gay, lesbian, and bisexual students and survivors of sexual assault. Marybeth also serves as a Saori site coach for the Holy Cross Saori Weaving Partnership which offers students an opportunity to practive the contemplative art of Saori Weaving-

A Holy Cross graduate of the class of 1984, Marybeth received her Master of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1990. She and her husband live with their four children in Worcester.

Virginia Coakley

Assistant Chaplain and Director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries


Chaplain Virginia Coakley is an Ordained Elder within the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and is a candidate under care with the Boston Presbytery and is seeking ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. Chaplain Virginia has been involved in ministry in various capacities for over twenty-five years. Her most recent work includes Coordinator of Prison Ministry, Youth Minister and Pastoral Counselor at parishes in Roxbury and Cambridge MA. Chaplain Virginia's passions are preaching, teaching, missions and evangelism. She has participated in two missions' trips one to Brazil, South America and the other to St. Kitts, West Indies.

Chaplain Virginia's primary responsibilities are leading a weekly Sunday non-denomination worship service, a weekly Bible study and prayer meeting. She co-facilitates a weekly Sexual Assault Survivor Group and is also responsible for supporting the ALANA community at College of the Holy Cross. She holds a Master of Divinity Degree and is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology class of 2006.  She resides in Dorchester, MA with her daughter Jayla.

Paul Covino

Associate Chaplain and Director of Liturgy

Paul Covino is a native of the Worcester area. He received his A.B. from Georgetown University and his M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to Holy Cross in 1993, Paul served as a residence hall chaplain at Georgetown, Associate Director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, Director of Liturgy at Holy Trinity Parish, Washington, D.C. and St. Camillus Church, Arlington MA, and workshop leader for parishes, dioceses, national organizations and the U.S. Army.

As the College's director of liturgy, Paul is the chaplain for the various liturgical ministries (greeters, altar servers, lectors, eucharistic ministers, liturgical coordinators, liturgical dancers) and the administrator of the College chapels. He also serves as the College chaplain for Holy Cross Naval ROTC and leads a course in the spring semester to train senior midshipmen to serve as lay leaders of prayer upon deployment.

Beyond Holy Cross, Paul is involved in a variety of national and diocesan church organizations. His publications include a popular wedding preparation book entitled Celebrating Marriage, the videotape Our Catholic Wedding, chapters in books and encyclopedias, and articles in various journals. Paul's wife, Anne, is a nurse-midwife at Worcester Medical Center. Paul and Anne live in Upton and have four sons: Matthew, Peter, Justin and Benjamin.

Fr. Gregory Lynch, S.J.

(On Leave)

Assistant Chaplain and Director of Service and Social Justice Programs

Fr. Greg Lynch, SJ graduated from Creighton University in 1991. He was ordained in 2003. He holds degrees from Creighton University, Gonzaga University, and Weston School of Theology.

Fr. Lynch is a member of the Wisconsin Province and has spent several years as a high school history teacher at Creighton Preparatory in Omaha, Nebraska. Along with teaching he also served as the assistant swim coach.

At Holy Cross, Fr. Lynch serves as faculty advisor to Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), the largest student organization of community service programs on campus. He also helps with the Spiritual Exerceses retreat program, and serves as the moderator of Pax Christi, the Religious Education program, and the H.A.Y.E.S. Retreat. He also helps serve the sacramental and liturgical needs of the the college community.



Keith Maczkiewicz, S.J.

Assistant Chaplain


Keith is a Long Island, New York native, joined the New England Province of Jesuits in the summer of 2008. Keith graduated from Fairfield University in
Connecticut, and did two years of service with the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT), serving as a campus minister at a diocesan high school in Springfield, Massachusetts and living in community with other volunteer teachers. After completing two years there and earning an M.Ed. from Providence College, Keith began working at The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania in the office of Campus Ministry doing primarily retreat and justice work while living in a freshmen residence hall. After taking vows in the Society in 2010, Keith was sent to Loyola University Chicago where he earned an M.A. in Social Philosophy.  
Keith has been involved in retreat work for the past several years, giving 30 and 8-day retreats as well as the 19th Annotation version of the Spiritual Exercises.  He looks forward to joining the Holy Cross community, serving students, faculty and staff!

Paul Melley

Assistant Chaplain and Director of Liturgical Music at Holy Cross

Paul Melley's primary responsibilites are overseeing music used in liturgy and worship at the college. He serves as Director of the Chapel Choir as well as the Contemporary Ensemble, and trains and prepares the Cantor Group. Paul is also the Chaplain Coordinator for the Confirmation/RCIA group on campus.

Paul is a composer, singer, and instrumentalist published with GIA Publications and Oregon Catholic Press (OCP). He is a GIA artist and released his first collection, Humbled, last year. He also served as an editor for the newly released GIA Hymnal, Cross Generations, and has produced a number of recordings to accompany it.  He performs throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and has performed at two World Youth Days, WYD 2002 (Toronto, CA) and most recently at WYD 2008 (Sydney, Australia). Paul is also a member of the team at Notre Dame University's Frank J. Lewis Institute for Campus Ministry.

Previously, Paul has served as a Pastoral musician and Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Ignatius Church at Boston College. He has also been part time faculty at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. Paul received his B.A. in Voice and Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is completing a Masters of Theology with a concentration in Liturgy at Boston College. Paul lives in Worcester with his wife, daughter and son.

Fr. Jim Hayes, S.J.

Associate Chaplain for Mission

Fr. James Hayes, S.J. graduated from Holy Cross in 1972, served for three years in the U. S. Navy and entered the Jesuits in August 1975. Father Hayes has a Master's degree in Philosphy from Gonzaga University, a Master of Divinity from Regis College of the University of Tornoto, a Licentiate degree in Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a Master's in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College of Maryland. Father Hayes spent four years in Jamaica teaching and doing pastoral ministry. He served as chaplain at Fairfield University from 1987-1992, and Associate Chaplain at Holy Cross from 1995-1999. From 1999-2004 Father Hayes was director of vocations for the Society of Jesus of New England. Father Hayes is the founder and first chair of the College's Mission and Identity Committee.

Megan Fox-Kelly

Associate Chaplain and Director of Retreats

Meg Fox-Kelly has been a chaplain at Holy Cross since 2005. Meg's main responsibility is the retreat program. She helps to direct the team of students on the Montserrat Escape Retreats, the Manresa Retreats and she facilitates the Take-Five Retreat Program. In addition, Meg works with the Spiritual Exercises, a five day adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola.

In addition to her work with the retreat program, Meg oversees Christian Life Communities. The CLC program started in 2005 and consists of small faith sharing groups which meet on a weekly basis to reflect and pray together and to find God in all things. Meg is a member of the board of Collegium, a program that engages faculty from all traditions to discover how they can make a particular contribution to their institution's identity that respects and explores Catholicism's traditions and goals, while also respecting and taking advantage of their own religious perspectives and talents. 

A Holy Cross graduate of 1999, Meg holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. She and her husband Marty live in Worcester with their 3 sons: Kieran, Sean & Conor.

Marty Kelly

Associate Chaplain and Director of the Arrupe Immersion Program

Marty Kelly is a native of Worcester, MA .  Marty began his work at Holy Cross in 2007 after various experiences in parish, high school, and college ministry.  Marty's primary responsibility at Holy Cross is to direct the Arrupe Immersion Program, which includes both domestic and international sites. The Spring Break Immersion Program (domestic) includes experiences in 12 states and 25 locations throughout the United States, while the international immersion programs include Kenya, Jamaica, El Salvador, & Nicaragua.  

Marty is a graduate of Stonehill College and holds a Master's in Theological Studies degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He is married to Meg Fox-Kelly and they have 3 sons: Kieran, Sean & Conor.