Our Faith Team
MORSL is blessed to have a wide variety of faith volunteers working to serve a diverse student population:
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carlene.gardner [at] mcgill.ca ()carlene.gardner [at] mcgill.ca (Email Carlene)
Carlene is a life-long Unitarian-Universalist (UU) whose passion for mentoring youth evolved into various jobs working with teens and young adults in campus ministry. She has been volunteering at MORSL's Faith Liaison to the Montreal UU community since 2013 while simultaneously pursuing a Master's in Teaching and Learning, which she obtained in 2017. She specialized in second language instruction, and is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. While Montreal is her beloved home and the city she always comes back to, Carlene is also very curious about the world and enjoys travelling and discovering the many ways that people live and connect to their spiritual self. Come and say hello to her in our offices on the 2nd floor of the Presbyterian College.
clevesadriana [at] gmail.com ()clevesadriana [at] gmail.com (Email Adriana)
Adriana is our Bahá’í Faith volunteer. She is native of Colombia and has served as Director of the Inter-religious Affairs Bureau-External Affairs of the Bahá’í Community in Montreal since 2011. Adriana is a museologist, researcher, and consultant in human rights, social justice, and museology with extensive international experience. She is interested in investigating the challenges and prospects for strengthening human rights and for meeting future challenges to advance equality and social justice through the study of museums devoted to human rights issues. Adriana’s research is aligned with the rise of an unprecedented consciousness that we all belong to a single emerging world civilization and that our survival depends on acceptance of a transcendent ethos of human dignity for all. Moreover, museums are becoming agents of social change and Adriana is exploring how these institutions can contribute to bringing about lasting social, moral and spiritual transformation in connection with social movements and grassroots activism .Her perspective also responds to the need of developing an effective system of global justice with international institutions as part of an evolutionary process and the necessity of building a spiritualized world culture that will enable human dignity to be realized. Her other interests include the internal martial arts of Tai Chi and Qi gong, nature, literature and art.
The website of the worldwide Bahá’í Community is bahai.org and the website of the Montreal Bahá’í Community is bahaimontreal.org
fr.gerry.westphal [at] newmancentre.org ()fr.gerry.westphal [at] newmancentre.org (Email Gerry)
Fr. Gerry Westphal, a Detroit native, has lived and served as a priest in Montreal for many decades. A graduate of Loyola College and McGill University, Fr. Gerry has also worked extensively in ministry to high school and university students as well as serving as a parish priest in the city. In recent years, Fr. Gerry completed a Master's degree in spiritual direction and has a lot of experience in this ministry as well. He is currently chaplain of the Newman Centre, McGill's Catholic community.
Catholic Faith Volunteer
campus.minister [at] newmancentre.org ()campus.minister [at] newmancentre.org (Email Julian)
Julian is the Campus Minister of the Newman Centre, the Catholic community for students, faculty, and staff of McGill. A native of London, Ontario, Julian graduated from McGill with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor of Catholic Studies. As an undergraduate student, he was very involved in the Newman Centre, MORSL, and ecumenical initiatives on campus like Fish Frosh. Julian has worked at Salt and Light Catholic Television, Saint Willibrord's Parish in Verdun, and interned at the Vatican's diplomatic mission to the United Nations in New York. He spent the last two years in France, where he studied theology at the Catholic University of Paris as well as working in youth ministry. Julian is delighted to share the beauty of the Catholic faith with students at McGill.
ikutash [at] gmail.com ()ikutash [at] gmail.com (Email Father Ihor)
Father Ihor is a pioneer of the McGill multi-faith Chaplaincy. He has been on the team since 1975! He has been a member of the McGill community even longer than that, having received his M.A. & Ph.D. from the Faculty of Religious Studies during the years 1970-1987. He is a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada and a professor of Eastern Christian theology and culture. He is also the king of unexpected pop culture and science fiction references.
jd [at] mcgillprotestant.ca ()jeandaniel.williams [at] montrealcathedral.ca (Email Jean-Daniel)
Jean-Daniel is our Protestant volunteer, sponsored by the United and Anglican Churches of Canada. He has a bachelor’s from Harvard and a master of divinity from Yale and was very involved in campus ministry at both schools. He is a PhD student in practical theology at the Université de Lausanne, where he is trying to prove that Jesus really truly meant it when he said, "Let the little children come to me." He is here for you, en anglais ou en français, comme vous voulez, whether to chat, to get a group together for an intense game of Apples to Apples or to help you figure out what in God’s name we can do together to make this a better world. And he is happy to meet up with any students no matter what they believe, or don’t!
jarvis_catherine1 [at] hotmail.com ()jarvis_catherine1 [at] hotmail.com (Email Catherine)
is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she has served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Quebec Area since 2011. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal and has been involved in organizing thei rannual Interfaith EcoAction Event since 2012. She loves interfaith work and believes that there is nothing more rewarding than working together as communities and neighbours. She is a Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. She graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine (1994), and completed residency training in family medicine at McGill University (1996) and fellowship training in Maternal-Child Health and Palliative Care (1997). She practises family medicine at the CLSC Cote Des Neiges where she also teaches Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. She and her husband Dr. G Eric Jarvis are the parents of 4 children.Catherine
jonathanchristopherstewart [at] gmail.com ()jonathanchristopherstewart [at] gmail.com (Email Jonathan)
Apostolic Johannite Church in 2011 and has been in love with the welcoming and supportive Johannite community ever since. He joined the church in 2013, was admitted to the minor orders in 2014, and entered the AJC’s seminary in 2015. Meditation is a particular interest of Jonathan’s and he’s been meditating in both Buddhist and Christian traditions since he was a teen; this has come in handy as he married a Buddhist and is happy to have common ground in his interfaith marriage. He’s also a Martinist having joined the Ordre Martiniste Opératif Au Québec in 2011. His other interests include theatre, playing in indie rock bands, cats, and (even though he spent his 20s promising himself he’d never get into it) yoga.Jonathan is our Gnostic Faith volunteer. He's a Montreal-based writer and editor, originally from Canada’s East Coast. He grew up on Prince Edward Island and attended university in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and moved to La Belle Province in 2006. After four years of writing 9-5 in a corporate environment he’s now working in the terrifying land of freelancing. He’s long had a passion for all things Gnostic, esoteric, and mystical; some of this started with him reading Phillip K. Dick when he was 12 and moving straight on to the Nag Hammadi Library when he was way too young to understand any of it. He came across the
shmuly [at] chabadmcgill.com (Email Rabbi Shmuly)
Shmuly, our Chabad Rabbi, writes, “The Chabad Student Center of McGill University is a home away from home. We, at Chabad, are dedicated to the holistic well-being of each and every student and strive to be the nexus of their social, cultural, and religious needs. We offer students emotional security, spiritual growth, and personal guidance in a warm and nurturing environment. Furthermore, we empower students with the tools to engage in the higher education of Judaism. Students are able to explore and discover their heritage in an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation infused with Jewish values and traditions.”
rabbigreenspan [at] templemontreal.ca ()rabbigreenspan [at] templemontreal.ca (Email Rabbi Greenspan)
Rabbi Greenspan has been serving as the Rabbi-Educator at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Westmount since 2014.
Rabbi Greenspan moved to Montreal from New Jersey, where she was the interim director of Mountain Top Preschool at Temple Har Shalom in Warren, NJ for 19 months. Prior to that, she served as the rabbi of Temple Micah in Lawrenceville, NJ for 20 years. It was a part-time pulpit, so while at Temple Micah, Rabbi Greenspan always had another part-time job. She served for seven years as Assistant Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, (now called Golda Och Academy), in West Orange, NJ, and prior to that, she was the Israel Experience Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
Rabbi Greenspan was ordained at the Hebrew Union College, (HUC), in New York. She received two Masters Degrees from HUC in Los Angeles: a Masters of Hebrew Letters and a Masters in Jewish Education. She did her undergraduate work at Smith College in Northampton, MA where she graduated with honors in Religion.
luisa.sinacore [at] federationcja.org ()luisa.sinacore [at] federationcja.org (Email Luisa)
is our Jewish volunteer. Hailing from a Reform Jewish background, she currently works as a Community Engagement Associate at Hillel Montreal. As part of her job she connects with Jewish university students from all denominations between the ages of 17 and 25, helping them develop their ties with the Montreal Jewish community through Jewish Life, community development and spirituality. Additionally, she is the chair of Next Dor (Next Generation), a social group for Jews in their 20s and 30s that hosts bi-weekly events. In her role as chair, she has lead workshops, talks and events on Jewish topics, as well as, developed partnerships with Jewish organizations across Montreal. She also performs as a soloist in the vocal ensemble Bat Kol at Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom and was recently featured in a documentary on Jewish music in Montreal entitled Daughters of the Voice.Luisa
smenyawi [at] gmail.com ()smenyawi [at] gmail.com (Email Salam)
Salam, our non-denominational Muslim volunteer, hails from Egypt. He has served both McGill and Concordia as Muslim volunteer for many years now. He is also president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, and is a very active advocate for student rights on campus and in the community. Salam loves to meet with students, and holds office hours by appointment. Memorable quote: "Sometimes I think the most important thing we can do is simply be seen together, laughing and getting along."
Muslim Faith Volunteer
fauzia.saiyed [at] mail.mcgill.ca ()fauzia.saiyed [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email Fauzia)
Fauzia is our Muslim peer liaison. She is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in psychology. She loves to talk faith, whether it be about beliefs, doubts, spirituality, or signs. She hosts small discussion groups to create a supportive environment where peers can come together and foster each other's spirituality, and learn about the spiritual side of Islam. She is always down for a personal chat as well.
david.summerhays [at] pm.me ()david.summerhays [at] pm.me (Email David)
David Summerhays is one of our Quaker Faith volunteers. He graduated from McGill carrying a B.A. in history, with a concentration in colonialism. He helps to organize meditations in the Quaker tradition at McGill. He’s recently been teaching piano to pay his exorbitant muffin bills. He’d love to help connect some Quaker dots on and off campus. Not many people know about Quaker practices so he welcomes e-mails with any questions. If anything’s on your mind, David is available to talk anywhere muffins are for sale, as well as select other locations.
During the fall and winter semesters, beginning in late September, join David every Wednesday for mid-week Quaker meetings: 5:30-6:30pm, at the Newman Catholic Centre, 3484 Peel Street (with a closure for the holiday and summer breaks).
Quaker Faith Volunteer
nicole.perkins [at] mail.mcgill.ca ()nicole.perkins [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email Nicole)
Nicole is an undergraduate student at McGill, studying biochemistry and philosophy, and acts as the student faith liaison for the Montreal Quaker community. Feel free to ask her any questions about spiritual life and wellbeing, modern Quaker practice, or any number of her other favorite topics (including but not limited to Kant’s categorical imperative, familial cancer syndromes, MSERT, and sustainable living).
juss.kaur.magon [at] mcgill.ca ()juss.kaur.magon [at] mcgill.ca (Email Juss)
Juss works as our volunteer Faith Liaison for Sikhism. She is open to chat over tea with Sikh students or anyone with questions about Sikhism. Juss is affilitated with the Gurdwara Brahm Bunga Sahib, which offers transportation from McGill on Tuesdays and Saturdays for any students wishing to experience a Gurdwara worship with a unique Sufi flair!
Juss is an Associate Professor in the McGill Department of Education where she has been a researcher in Inquiry In Education for the past seven years. Teaching is her primary passion. As an International Education Consultant she gets to travel abroad and train teachers in various parts of the world. She finds the experience of meeting people from diverse backgrounds a joy and enjoys their personal connection to the Divine. Juss holds motivational workshops that engage students with questions of faith, spirituality, mindfulness, and positive thinking. She says it is a pleasure for her to be involved with the MORSL team where learning to love each other is an ongoing process.
Also a renowned visual artist, Juss produces meditative paintings that create beautiful visual images using extremely tiny phrases of devotion. The sale of her paintings directly supports Doctors Without Borders. Come see her leaf painting in our student lounge, and be sure to use the magnifying glass to take a closer look!