Fr. Ross Chamberland, O.F.M., has been named a special assistant to Bernie Valento, vice president for enrollment at St. Bonaventure University.
Fr. Ross will retain his role as executive director of the Lateran Center for Catholic Identity, which was created in 2014 to increase awareness of the Catholic identity and mission at St. Bonaventure.
The new position will build upon Fr. Ross’ work over the last three years to build a discernment program for young men considering entering religious life. Students currently in SBU’s discernment community live in the western wing (formerly the Damietta Center) of Francis Hall.
“Fr. Ross has a unique ability to relate to students both personally and spiritually,” said Dr. Dennis R. DePerro, university president. “He will work closely with Bernie Valento as we try to broaden our reach to students who truly value a fully formed Franciscan experience.”
Fr. Ross will play a leadership role in the university’s efforts to strengthen its Catholic-Franciscan roots through the development and implementation of additional programs and initiatives designed to attract, enroll and retain students with Franciscan backgrounds.
One new program will launch next month when students from three Franciscan high schools – Oldenburg in Indiana, and Roger Bacon and Padua in Ohio – visit campus Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. They will participate in Francis Week events, attend classes and student programs, and spend a night at Mt. Irenaeus.
Fr. Ross has a doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College (2016); a pontifical graduate degree in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America (2013); a master of theological studies from Washington Theological Union (2012); and a bachelor’s degree in social justice and urban life from Emmanuel College (2009) in Boston.
Fr. Ross received the Exemplary Performance in Leadership Award for his doctoral work at St. John Fisher.
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