Sacred Heart University has named Father Michael Ramos as director of Campus Ministry and chaplaincy. Prior to joining Sacred Heart, Ramos served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Church in New Paltz, N.Y., and held parish roles in Vermont and Massachusetts.
Ramos says he was happy to join the SHU community, although he knew it would be difficult to move on from “the wonderful people” at his previous parish. “Since coming to Sacred Heart University, I have been impressed with the students as a whole and those who are involved in campus ministry in particular,” he says.
His extensive background in education includes serving as associate superintendent of schools at the Archdiocese of New York, adjunct professor at Fordham University and principal, certified teacher and associate superintendent at various other institutions for 30 years. He holds doctorate in education (Ed.D.) from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree in theology from St. John’s University and a master of divinity degree from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, plus multiple degrees in education and educational leadership. He is an ordained priest through the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.
Ramos spent his first days as director of campus ministry getting acquainted with the community and raising awareness about spiritual life offerings at SHU. “My initial priorities have been to get to know the students and faculty and to help them know what campus ministry has to offer,” he says.
He adds that he has been working with campus ministry staff to create a “collaborative ministry that enhances present programs while creating new ones and continuing to respond to the needs of our students.”
He also hopes to get more students involved in campus ministry. “My next goals are to continue to evaluate our programs so that we will attract even more students and to help students understand their own giftedness and how they can use these gifts in service to one another and to the world,” he says. “Ultimately, I hope that all members of the Sacred Heart Community will comprehend the tremendous love that God has for them.”