If you have a religious, ethical or personal question you would like to discuss confidentially, the University Chaplain, the Chaplain for the Catholic Community, and the Chaplain for the Jewish Community are available to talk with you. Call for an appointment, or simply drop in. Regular private time for longer-term spiritual guidance and development can be arranged.
The Reverend Doctor John Patrick Colatch is an ordained United Methodist pastor who has served in ministry in higher education since 1986. Prior to his arrival at Bucknell, he served chaplaincies at Lafayette College, Allegheny College, Ferrum College and as a campus minister at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Delaware.
At Bucknell, he is pastor to the Rooke Chapel Congregation, Bucknell's Protestant worshiping community. He leads and advises the Rooke Chapel Student Fellowship, convenes the Interfaith Council, teaches a Foundation Seminar and leads a weekly Bible Study/Discussion for faculty, staff, and Lewisburg Community members. As University Chaplain, he oversees the entire religious life program, works cooperatively with the other chaplains and religious advisers, and provides opportunities campus-wide for members of all faith communities, and those who profess no faith tradition, to come together through lunch discussions, formal lecture programs and other special events. He is a trained pastoral counselor, and is available to students to discuss religious and spiritual questions that affect their daily lives.
His theological interests include Christianity as it relates to social and environmental justice, bereavement issues and care at the end of life, interfaith conversation and cooperation and the ways in which the whole idea of religious belief can be communicated to young adults in ways that make it relevant. He holds degrees from W.Va. Wesleyan College, Duke University Divinity School, Duquesne University and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He is married to Connie, and they are the parents of two grown children.
Chaplain for the Catholic Community
Father Bernard Wamayose, AJ was born in the village of Buwodeya-Sironko District in Eastern Uganda. In a family of seven children, two boys and five girls, he is next to youngest. He comes to Bucknell from St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish in New Freedom, southern York county, PA, where he has been serving as a parochial vicar for the last six years: September 2007 to June 2013.
Father Wamayose studied in Uganda and Kenya in preparation for the priesthood ministry. In 1993 he received a High School Education Certificate in Uganda and in 1995 he received a diploma in philosophy from the Apostles of Jesus Philosophicium in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1997 he made his first profession of religious vows and in 2001 he made his final profession (Perpetual Vows). In 2001 he was ordained to the Order of Diaconate at the Apostles of Jesus Shrine at Langata in Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2002 he earned a Diploma in Sacred Theology from the Apostles of Jesus Theologicium, the same year he received his Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Urbaninana University in Rome.
Father Wamayose served as a teacher and formator in the High School Seminary (Minor Seminary) in Uru Seminary in Moshi, Tanzania from 2002 to 2003. From 2003 to 2007 he served as the Assistant Novice Director at the Apostles of Jesus Novitiate, Uruthiru in Meru, Kenya, before coming to the United States of America.
Chaplain for the Jewish Community
Berelson Center for Jewish Life
Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer comes to Bucknell from positions as rabbi at Beth Israel Synagogue of Roanoke, Virginia; Beth Sholom Synagogue of Memphis, Tennessee; and Congregation Am Haskalah of the Lehigh Valley.
She received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), a course of study that included spending a year in Israel at the Conservative Yeshiva of Jerusalem. During seminary, she held a series of well-received rabbinical internships in six synagogues in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, two senior care centers, as well as work with three synagogue religious schools and Goucher Hillel of Maryland. She also co-led two spiritually themed Taglit-Birthright trips for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
Rabbi Glazer also spent two years as an interfaith organizer during her seminary time. She founded Philadelphia Emerging Religious Leaders (PERL), a nationally acclaimed organization that brings together seminarians and religion students across Philadelphia for interfaith engagement. She has also volunteered as an interfaith spiritual coach since 2003.
Prior to becoming a rabbi, the New York State native received her Bachelor’s degree in Government at Cornell University and then held a 15-year career as a journalist, editor and foreign correspondent, mostly working in Latin America & the Caribbean. She enjoys photography and art, yoga, current events, hiking and nature, singing and all kinds of music.
Rabbi Glazer welcomes seekers – anyone looking to deepen their Jewish or spiritual connections, and any and all opportunities for using the tools of Jewish Tradition and Culture to enrich our lives and our spirits. She is delighted to serve the Bucknell community, and she looks forward to many great adventures ahead!
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