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

Associate Chaplain and Director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries


Reverend Virginia Coakley has been a chaplain at the college since August 2008.  She is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). 

Her primary responsibilities include preaching at the weekly Inter-Denominational Service, teaching a weekly Bible Study, and providing pastoral care to all students.  Chaplain Virginia is also Director of ALANA Ministries and is responsible for supporting our ALANA students through pastoral care, developing new programs, and the ministry of presence.  She is one of the Co-Founders and past Co-Chairs of the Sister to Sister Collaborative, which is a recognized Committee of the College whose primary goal is to ensure that ALANA and international women experience a sense of connection and belonging on the Holy Cross campus. In 2012, Chaplain Virginia was appointed by Father Boroughs, to the College’s Diversity Leadership Team.  

Since her arrival, she has been recognized on several occasions for her dedication and various contributions to Holy Cross.  In 2014, the Black Student Union and the Brother to Brother Group recognized her with the Caring Heart Award.  In 2011, the BSU and the Bishop Healy Multicultural Society in partnership with four other recognized student groups acknowledged her contributions and dedication by awarding her with the Woman of Substance Award.  In 2010, she was honorably inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society.  She earned her Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science Degree from Lesley College in 2000. 

Rev. Coakley has served in various ministerial roles prior to her work at the college including the following: Coordinator of Missions and Evangelism, Coordinator of Prison Ministry Team, Pastoral Counselor, Youth Minister, Sunday School Teacher, and Nursing Home, Hospital and Prison Team Member at churches in Roxbury, Cambridge, and Dorchester, MA.  Her passions include preaching, teaching, and evangelism.  She has participated in Mission & Immersion Trips to El Salvador, Brazil, and St. Kitts, West Indies.  In July 2012, along with colleagues from the College and a group of five students, she traveled to South Africa to participate in a Transformational Leadership conference which was attended by students and faculty from around the world.

Prior to working in ministry, Rev. Coakley served as Program Director for several non-profit agencies within MA including an assisted living program working with formerly homeless elders and a program for teen parents and their babies.  She has also worked in several Massachusetts correctional institutions as a Corrections Counselor, Caseworker, and Post Release Coordinator.  She resides in Worcester, MA with her beloved daughter, Jayla, and is the proud pet parent to Kitty Matisse. 

Sarah Fontaine-Lipke

Assistant Chaplain


Sarah Fontaine-Lipke grew up in western Massachusetts and earned her BA in Sociology from Holy Cross in 2008.  Sara was an Americorps volunteer teacher at the Nativity School of Worcester from 2008-2010 before she moved to Boston to attend graduate school at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.  While earning her Master of Divinity, Sarah completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Elizabeth's Hospital where she served as a chaplain intern on the labor and delivery floors.  Sarah also interned at the Chaplains' Office at Holy Cross during her theology studies.  Sarah comes to us most recently from Stonehill College where she worked as the Campus Minister for Community Service and Partnerships.  Sarah is interested in retreat work, women's spirituality, and the intersection of faith and justice.  Sarah lives with her husband, Dave (also a 2008 Holy Cross graduate) and her dog, Eli.



Keith Maczkiewicz, S.J.

Assistant Chaplain


Keith, 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.

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 Toronto, 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 three sons: Kieran, Sean, and Conor.

Normand Gouin

Assistant Chaplain and Director of Liturgy and Music

Normand Gouin is a native of southern Maine.  He received his B.M. in Music from The Catholic University of America and his M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.  For over 20 years Normand has served as liturgy and music director in a variety of church settings, including St. John's Student Parish in East Lansing, Michigan, the community that serves the Catholic students of Michigan State University, and at the Norbertine Community of Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, Pennsylvania. 

As the College’s Director of Liturgy and Music, Norm is the chaplain responsible for the various liturgical ministries (greeters, altar servers, lectors, communion ministers, and liturgical coordinators) and serves as the administrator of the College chapels.  Norm also oversees the chapel music program and is responsible for coordinating and directing the music for all major campus liturgical celebrations throughout the academic year. 

Beyond Holy Cross, Normand is an active and accomplished composer.  He has been commissioned to write works for cathedrals, churches, and religious communities throughout the country.  Normand’s publishers include GIA Publications and MorningStar Music Publishers.  He has been a contributing writer for the liturgy and music journal, the GIA Quarterly, as well as a workshop presenter for the National Pastoral Musicians Association.  He has served on several diocesan liturgical commissions and has led workshops on liturgy and pastoral music throughout the country.

Marty Kelly

Associate Chaplain and Advisor to SPUD

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 is to advise Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), which facilitates student engagement with our neighbors in Worcester through both direct service and social action.  The SPUD program includes over 600 committed students and serves over 40 diverse sites in Worcester.

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

Colleen Melaugh

Campus Ministry Fellow

Colleen Melaugh graduated from Holy Cross in 2012 and returns to us after serving as a post-graduate volunteer in Ecuador through the Rostro de Cristo program.  As the Campus Ministry Fellow, Colleen will be working with the Arrupe Immersion Program this year, consisting of twenty-five domestic sites in the Spring Break Immersion Program and four international trips.

Emily Rauer Davis

Assistant Chaplain and Assistant Director of Liturgy

Emily Rauer Davis joined the Chaplains' Office last year after recently moving back to Massachusetts from the West Coast. A 1999 graduate of Holy Cross, Emily spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before completing her Master of Divinity degree at Weston Jesuit School of Theology.  Emily has worked as a high school teacher and campus minister and spent 5 years as a campus minister at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. Most recently, Emily coordinated marketing and young adult programs at the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle and also worked part-time in the Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity at Seattle University.  Emily's primary responsibilities at Holy Cross will be assisting with liturgies and spiritual formation of students involved with the Spring Break Immersion Program.

A native of Syracuse, NY, Emily currently lives in Natick with her husband, Andrew, and their two young sons, Michael and Peter.