Fr. Dan O'Reilly has been the director of Columbia Catholic Ministry since 2011 and the administrator of Corpus Christi Church since 2013. Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, he attended Regis High School in New York City and majored in philosophy at Princeton University before entering the seminary for the Archdiocese of New York. After earning Master’s degrees in theology and divinity from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, he was ordained a priest in 2003. He has served as parochial vicar at Resurrection Church in Rye, Director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, Spiritual Director for the St. John Neumann Seminary College in Yonkers, and Catholic Campus Minister at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx.
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Rachel Dziatko is a junior in Barnard College, majoring in Chemistry and doing research in materials chemistry. Although she spends many hours every week in the laboratories of Altschul Rachel is very passionate about sports, music, and her faith. She spends her free time drinking coffee and cooking with her friends. Rachel is the co-president for Columbia Catholic Ministry. She is also involved with Columbia-Barnard Choir and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. As a former piano player and swimmer she also enjoys spending time at the pool and the practice room.
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Alex is a member of the class of 2018, in the college majoring in Art History. Alex loves the city because of all the different communities you find in it, especially of course CCM. In his free time he enjoys watching films.
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Eleazar Charlie Flores IV is a junior (half-junior, half-senior because he took a semester off!) majoring in Religion. He hails from the great state of Texas. Charlie is a member of the Columbia Lions football team. When he finds free time between being a student athlete and a member of CCM, he enjoys playing FIFA soccer, NBA 2K, cheering on his beloved Dallas Cowboys and hanging out with friends.
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Nicole-Ann is a sophmore in Columbia College, majoring in Political Science and Art History and concentrating in Women's Studies. Hailing from the small SoCal beach town of Carlsbad, some of her favorite things include late-night conversations on the subway, used bookstores, experimental baking, Thomas Merton, San Diegan sunsets, and the Modern Love column of the New York Times. She is involved in various activities around campus including Columbia Spectator, Rare Candy Magazine, Pre-Law Society, Project Identity, One-to-One Mentoring, and the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. Nicole-Ann has a passion for social justice and human rights with a particular focus in human trafficking and women's issues in Southeast Asia, and she wants to pursue a career in International Human Rights law.
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Karina is currently a junior in Columbia College studying Sustainable Development. She loves dominos pizza, sunflowers, and the beach. When she was 3 years old, a priest scolded her in front of the entire congregation for being loud; she has never misbehaved in church since.
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Adrian is a 3-2 Combined Plan junior majoring in Civil Engineering. He joined the board because he enjoys the people on it and thought it would be a great way to serve as Liturgy Chair. He has two sisters, a dog, and used to have a turtle named Aristurtle (RIP). If anyone is interested in reading or serving in other ways during mass, feel free to contact him
Peace n Blessins ✌🏼️
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Athena Abadilla is a first-year at Barnard College, studying Secondary Education and possibly Sociology. She comes from the beautiful state of Hawaii. Fun fact: the westernmost Catholic Church in the U.S. is her home parish. You can catch Athena falling in love with God's grace at Sunday Mass, giving campus tours as a Barnard Student Admissions Representative, having smoothie study breaks at the Diana Center, or adventuring around the city during golden hour to get those artsy Instagram pictures.
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John Russell is a Columbia College first-year majoring in History and Economics. He hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and is originally from Long Island. He is the CCM Social Chair, and is also involved in the Veritas Forum, the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, Columbia Faith and Action, and Right to Life. In his free time, he enjoys writing music, doing research into linguistics, and playing ultimate Frisbee.
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Webmaster and Communications Chair
Leigh is a freshman studying Earth and Environmental Engineering. She is from North Carolina, her favorite restaurant is Chick-fil-A, and she loves spending time outdoors. She is also a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee and Society of Women Engineers. If she is not doing school work or hanging out with CCM, you can find Leigh taking a nap or playing with dogs!
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Columbia Catholic Graduates President
Trevor is a third year doctoral student in Kinesiology. His research focuses on the neurological underpinnings of fine motor control and sensory integration in motor planning. It was through his thirst for understanding the secrets of nature that God first spoke to him. He considers St Thomas Aquinas and St Francis of Assisi among the many saints he gains inspiration from. As a disciple of Christ, he asks that God use him as a servant of the graduate and young adult ministry and prays that the ministry is able to cater to the needs of the community.
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Sarah is from Philadelphia, where she attended Temple University and graduated with a degree and certification in Secondary English Education. At Temple University Sarah worked with FOCUS as a student-missionary, and is now excited to begin her first year as a full-time FOCUS missionary at Columbia University!
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Gelton Morada comes from southern California where he considers 60 degrees to be cold, sweater weather. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor's degree in accounting, he worked for an accounting firm for two years in Los Angeles. Before joining FOCUS, Gelton spent some time working different ministries at various churches and discerned religious life. You’ll typically find Gelton learning to swing and salsa dance, playing spikeball, leading bible studies, praying with students, or exploring the city catching Pokémon (go team mystic!). He’s excited to start his first year as a FOCUS missionary in New York and experience the New York winters.
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Natasha just graduated from Temple University this past spring with a dual major in Political Science and Spanish. Originally from Pennsylvania, Natasha is an avid traveler and has visited 16 countries over the past four years. Some of the things that she's looking forward to doing while in NYC are grabbing dinner in China Town and going ice skating in Bryant Park.
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Michael Jopling is from San Antonio, Texas, but has spent his last five years studying in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a major in percussion performance and a minor in chemistry. In his free time you will probably find Michael studying anything from the late Roman Empire and the writings of St. Augustine to Baroque artwork and Renaissance sacred music. He is incredibly excited to start his first year being a FOCUS missionary at Columbia University!
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