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.

Rev. Dr. John ColatchJohn Patrick Colatch, D. Min.

University Chaplain
Rooke Chapel


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.

Fr. Bernard WamayoseFr. Bernard Wamayose, AJ

Chaplain for the Catholic Community
Newman House


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.

Rabbi Rebecca JosephRabbi Rebecca Joseph, Ph.D.

Chaplain for the Jewish Community
Berelson Center for Jewish Life


Rabbi Dr. Rebecca Joseph leads Bucknell's Jewish community with a love of Jewish life and extensive trans-denominational, multi-cultural, and multi-faith experience.

As Chaplain for the Jewish Community, Rabbi Joseph works with Hillel's student board, faculty, and staff to foster a welcoming, vibrant Jewish community that celebrates our shared heritage and diversity. Together, we provide meaningful opportunities throughout the year for friendship, exploration, and personal growth. In addition to serving as Bucknell's rabbi, Rabbi Joseph actively supports and participates in a wide range of social, cultural, informal education, and community service activities on campus and in the Lewisburg area. She continues to lead off-campus trips which introduce Bucknellians to contemporary Jewish communities and history across the globe.

As Founder/Executive Chef of San Francisco's 12 Tribes, Rabbi Joseph innovated an award-winning start-up company dedicated to seasonal, organic, kosher-certified catering. She is passionate about eating well and relieving food insecurity locally and throughout the world.

Rabbi Joseph holds rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she received the Rubenovitz Prize in Jewish Theology. She received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California-San Diego and is a graduate of Swarthmore College. She joined the Office of Chaplains and Religious Life in July 2015.


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