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LEWISBURG, Pa. — When Rabbi Serena Fujita, Bucknell University's Jewish chaplain, presides over the next meeting of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC), she'll see two familiar faces on the board.
Joining University Chaplain Ian Oliver, who is serving a five-year term as membership secretary for the organization, is Father Michael Letteer, Catholic Chaplain at Bucknell, who recently was named to the NACUC board.
Catholic Chaplain since June
Father Letteer, who joined the University in June, celebrates three Masses a week on campus (plus a daily Mass), and advises a Ministry Team of more than 20 students who coordinate spiritual, service and social events for the quarter of Bucknell students who are Roman Catholic.
A graduate of the University of Scranton, he studied for the priesthood at St. Vincent's Seminary in Latrobe and was ordained a priest for the Harrisburg Diocese in 1996.
His previous assignments as a parochial vicar include Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Middletown St. Mary's in York, St. Theresa's in New Cumberland, Our Lady of Hope Church in Coal Township, and St. Patrick's in Trevorton. He also served as Chaplain at Lourdes Regional High School in Coal Township.
Honor for Bucknell
"With a membership of only 121 chaplains nationwide, it's certainly an honor for Bucknell to have three board members," said Oliver. "Since NACUC is a multifaith professional community concerned with the religious life of the entire college or university, Bucknell is, in essence, a microcosm of where the profession is going."
Founded in 1948 at Yale University, the National Association of College and University Chaplains has grown from a largely Protestant Christian group at its founding into an intentionally inter-religious organization as the nature of religious work in higher education has changed. NACUC is the national professional organization for clergy and religious affairs administrators employed by colleges and universities.
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Posted March 12, 2008