Campus Ministry

Meet the Staff

Fr. Rocco Danzi

Vice President for Mission and Ministry, S.J., Chaplain, rdanzi@saintpeters.edu

Fr. Rocco Danzi, SJ (NYK) grew up in Woodbury, NJ, part of the Diocese of Camden. He attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where he first encountered the Jesuits. After graduating from St. Joe’s with a BA in history, Fr. Danzi returned to his home diocese and taught elementary school there for three years. He then journeyed to Westchester, NY, where he taught at Iona Prep with the Congregation of Christian Brothers. This was a time of intense discernment for Fr. Danzi, and thanks to the example and encouragement of the Brothers, he completed a Master’s Degree in Education at Iona College. He soon thereafter joined the Associates Program of the New York Province Vocation Office, which would lead to a new chapter in Fr. Danzi’s life.

In 1989, Fr. Danzi was accepted into the Jesuit Novitiate at St. Andrew’s Hall in Syracuse, NY and soon found himself falling in love with pastoral work among urban youth. After completing his philosophy studies at Ciszek Hall, Fordham University in 1993, he was assigned to the Caribbean/West Indian Parish of St. Ignatius in Brooklyn, where he worked for three years with the youth of Crown Heights.
Fr. Danzi began his theology studies at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA in 1996 and continued to do pastoral ministry among Haitian youth on weekends. During the summers of theology, he journeyed to Haiti to learn the language and to deepen his sense of the culture.

Fr. Danzi was ordained in 2000 and missioned as a Jesuit priest to serve once again at St. Ignatius Parish, Brooklyn. He remained there as pastor and superior until 2006 when the Society of Jesus called him to Tertianship. His Tertianship took him back to New England and also back to one of the poorest and least developed areas of Haiti for a five-month experiment in a new school modeled on the Fe y Alegría Jesuit system of insertion schools.

Upon completion of his Tertianship, Fr. Danzi was asked to join the New York Province Vocations Office team to work with Br. Chris Derby, SJ and Wendell Laurent. He traveled to the different dioceses in the New York Province, to Jesuit and non-Jesuit institutions alike, to share with youth and young adults the good news of how God has great desires for them and is calling them to ministry in the Church.

Fr. Danzi is now happy to call Saint Peter’s University home, as Campus Ministry Chaplain. He is here to welcome everyone and offer his time and support to all.

Jason Downer

Special Assistant to the Vice President of Mission and Ministry, jdowner@saintpeters.edu

Originally from Rochester, NY, Jason is a member of The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He is on an ordination track to the priesthood as a Jesuit. Jason is in his second year of his regency and thrilled to be part of the Saint Peter’s University community.  At Saint Peter’s University, Jason serves as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Mission and Ministry. He coordinates Ignatian programming opportunities for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators. Additionally, he also supports the office of Campus Ministry in their community service, global outreach and retreat programming and liturgical ministries.

Jason holds an M.A. Social Philosophy from Loyola University, Chicago and a MS College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College. He graduated with his B.A. History from Canisius College.

Christine Boyle

Director of Campus Ministry, cboyle@saintpeters.edu

Born and raised in New Jersey, Christine characterizes her childhood as service oriented and community focused, with care for others as a central theme. Before entering the work force, she volunteered in Mexico and El Salvador working with at-risk youth.

Prior to joining the University community, she held a variety of residencies in the corporate, nonprofit and educational sectors, developing competencies in training and development, relationship management and fundraising. At Saint Peter’s University, she serves as the Director of Campus Ministry. As director, she is responsible for the day-to- day operation of the various practice areas in Campus Ministry: Community Service, Global Outreach, Retreats, Spirituality, and Worship.

Christine holds a M.Div from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, CA, and a B.A. in History from The University of Scranton.

Erich Berkowitz Sekel

Associate Director of Campus Ministry for Community Service, esekel@saintpeters.edu

A lifelong resident of Jersey City, NJ, Erich Sekel is committed to the residents of Hudson County through his work and service. He began his professional ascent working with seventh and eighth-grade students as a social studies teacher at Sacred Heart School in Jersey City. After four years, he moved into a ministry role as the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at his high-school alma mater Saint Peter’s Prep, before assuming the position of Associate Director of Campus Ministry for Community Service at Saint Peter’s University.  Erich coordinates all domestic community service programs including the Campus Kitchen and the Saint Peter’s University Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.

Erich holds a M.A. in Secondary Education from Seton Hall University and a B.A. in Classical Civilizations from Boston University.

Dwayne David Paul

Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Community Service, dpaul@saintpeters.edu

Dwayne Paul is a Brooklyn native and the son of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago. At Saint Peter’s University, he facilitates co-curricular programs on issues related to faith, ethics, politics, race, and masculinity. The flagship program of his area is the Global Justice Delegation, in which student delegates live in community with human rights workers in either Guadalajara, Mexico, or Matagalpa, Nicaragua. At each site, they immerse themselves in the work of their international partners by receiving lectures and participating in workshops and cultural activities.

Dwayne holds a M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. in both Philosophy and Theology from Saint Peter’s University. He is a 2016 Fellow of the Black Theology & Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Anna Ryan

Assistant Director of the Retreats and Spiritual Life, aryan@saintpeters.edu

Anna grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA and remained close to home during her formative years. Prior to joining the University community, Anna served as a Jesuit Volunteer through Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She worked as the director of an after-school program in Boston, M.A. for a neighborhood ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph. At Saint Peter’s University, Anna serves as the Director of the Retreats and Spiritual Life, coordinating the Retreats program, working with university students on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sacrament preparation program, and coordinating other opportunities for students to encounter, explore, and engage with Ignatian Spirituality in their daily lives.

Anna is a proud alumna of Saint Joseph’s University, holding a B.A. in Political Science and Music.

Joseph Legaspi

University Director of Music, jlegaspi@saintpeters.edu

Born in the Philippines, Joseph discovered his love for music at a very young age. Countless performances with school choirs and productions inspired him to pursue music as an undergraduate student and eventually as a profession. At Saint Peter’s University, he serves as the University Director of Music, coordinating the music for all university liturgies and the performances schedule for Schola, the university choir. Additionally, he has introduced sacred music and mainstream music into the campus landscape by launching the Arts on Bergen concert series.

Joseph holds his Doctorate in Music, Vocal Performance from Indiana University, as well as his M.M. and B.M. in Music. Additionally, he holds a special degree, DCPMA, from the prestigious College of Music at the University of the Philippines.