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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Sam's lovely wife Katrin was not pleased when he told her on a hike at the end of 2018 that he had to leave the Faroes again, along with her and their first-born son, Magnus. Sam couldn't help but think of verse 3 of the Atlamál, in which it is written:
þá var vant vitri / vildi hon þeim hjalpa, / skyldi of sæ sigla, / en sjalf né komsk-at
(the sage lady was at a loss / fain would she help them / they o'er the sea must sail / but she herself could not go)
His plow was left idle in Fuglafjørður once again, as he left to become co-president of Columbia Catholic Ministry. He hopes to return home this summer to give the hearty Katrin a hand with Magnus and the sheep.
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Uwa is a sophomore in Columbia college who plans to study Classics and Philosophy. Although originally from Nigeria she calls North Carolina home. She’s a member of Notes and Keys (Columbia’s oldest and finest acapella group), The Veritas Forum, and the Undergraduate Recruitment committee. Uwa loves seeing babies and dogs on campus, spending inordinate amounts of time recording song covers, and ranting about the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Church. You can catch her at adoration, reading books for CC, or giving music recommendations to people who never asked.
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Mark is a sophomore in SEAS but doesn’t know what that stands for, because he’s in SEAS. He studies finance in the finance track of the finance major and will one day make a lot of money. His interests are wide and diverse, and he enjoys a variety of activities, including watching the U.S. stock market, watching the forex market, and sometimes even checking in on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
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John Russell is a Columbia College junior majoring in History and concentrating in Linguistics. He hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and is originally from Long Island. He is the treasurer of CCM, and is also involved in the Veritas Forum, the Student Governing Board, and Right to Life. In his free time, he enjoys writing music, conlanging, reading about Vietnam and Malta, and playing ultimate frisbee.
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Nathan is a junior at Columbia College studying Latin American Studies and History. A baroque music aficionado, he will defend the relevancy of Jean-Philippe Rameau and his outrageous libretto plots to the end of the world and back. His literary giants include Umberto Eco, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and - of course - Dante, of whom he will one day read in the original if other members of the board help him with his Italian. Given his eclectic involvement in clubs on campus ranging from Mexican folk ballet to philosophy discussions à la Veritas, he is inspired to one day become either a farmer, conductor, or President of Brazil. Maybe all three, who knows.
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Virginia is a freshman who plans to study Classics. She was born in Michigan but has lived in North Carolina for most of her life. Virginia is also involved in the Veritas Forum. In her free time, Virginia enjoys attempting overly-complicated recipes, running, and, of course, praying the Rosary!
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Sarai Michel is a Barnard College sophomore majoring in psychology and political science. She is from warm and sunny Southern California and has probably spent 99% of her college career complaining about the East Coast cold. She is also on the board of Chicanx Caucus, an RA in Hewitt, and a volunteer with Columbia Youth Adventurers. Some of Sarai’s favorite things include her mom, beautiful sunsets, Jesus, her beloved LA Dodgers, Marvel movies, and her mom’s Mexican food. You can catch her with friends at postcrypt coffeehouse, admiring the sunsets from Sulz Tower, or waiting for spring to arrive.
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Lauren is a sophomore at Barnard studying English literature and computer science. Her favorite things include her mom and her babiest siblings Justin and Lily, #PureMichigan & #lifeatthelake, walking anywhere and everywhere, and listening to music. If you have a small fraction of forever to listen to Lauren ramble excessively, then ask her what she's reading the next time you see her! (Pro-tip: you'll likely find her around noon at St. Paul's or Notre Dame for mass and adoration.) She's also on the boards of VSA and EWB-Uganda. Lauren's actual greatest skill is in strategic napping; she takes a consistent, perfect 18 minute nap without alarm almost everyday.
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Britt is a Columbia sophomore majoring in Political Science and Religion. She takes great pride in her hometown Tabernacle in South Jersey. She spends most of her time pole vaulting on Columbia’s Track and Field Team. When she’s not at practice or with CCM, Britt enjoys finding coffee spots with free WiFi, watching Ellen DeGeneres videos, doing hot yoga, and bouldering.
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Nicholas is a sophomore studying history and political science. He was born in Connecticut before moving to Indiana for most of his life and spending his summers in Italy. He's involved with Columbia Right to Life, the Veritas Forum, and the SGB. He spends most of his free time either listening to music, playing piano, or drinking perfectly decanted wine with his suitmates.
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Rachel Harran is the Team Director for the FOCUS missionary team here at Columbia University. She is from Ireland, where she studied English and Theology at NUI Maynooth. Before moving to NYC she served as a missionary with FOCUS for two years at the University of Texas in Austin. Rachel loves living in New York City! In her spare time she likes to explore the city, draw and paint, read and hang out with friends and family.
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Natasha is a recent graduate of Temple University with a dual major in Political Science and Spanish. Originally from Pennsylvania, Natasha is an avid traveler and has visited 17 countries over the past five 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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Paul Wessel is a first year FOCUS missionary from Missouri. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Benedictine College in December 2018. Paul enjoys outdoor activities, playing sports, and exploring the city. He loves to meet new students and to talk about engineering, sports, philosophy, and theology.
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Andres is from Indiana - the heart of the Midwest. He is also a recent graduate from Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning where he studied Urban Planning and Development with a concentration in Real Estate. He enjoys spending time doing any activity outdoors, sharing a smoke, or grabbing a beer with his friends.
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Ex-Dominican Novice, Unemployed
Michael Jopling is a pure legend from San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a major in percussion performance and a minor in chemistry. Recently, he ended his short tenure with FOCUS to join the Dominicans; even more recently, he determined that his advanced theological knowledge was too powerful for any one order. 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.
If you know of any employment opportunities, please contact Michael Jopling via hand-written note.