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Campus Ministry

mary in the secret courtyard

Campus Ministry at D'Youville College welcomes individuals from every faith tradition to participate in its programs and activities.

Campus Ministry offers a variety of programs which are designed to foster both spiritual and personal growth.


Locations: Koessler Administration Building (KAB 121), & School of Arts, Science, and Education (SASE 113)
Campus Cupboard: Koessler Administration Building (KAB 121)
Call: 716-829-7672
Mon - Fri: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Director: Father Patrick O'Keefe,
Assoc. Dir.: Reverend Jan Mahle,
Secretary: Lori Marasco,

chapel at D'Youville College
The D'Youville Chapel in the Koessler Administration Building welcomes students and alumni throughout the academic year.

Campus Ministry provides a daily celebration of the Eucharist for Roman Catholics in D'Youville's Chapel (on the third floor of the KAB) at 11:30 AM and a Sunday Mass at 7 PM during the academic year. All are welcome regardless of denominational affiliation.

Alumni may arrange to host their weddings or to have their children baptized at the Sacred Heart Chapel in the KAB on the D'Youville College campus. For further information, please contact Fr. Patrick O'Keefe.

Worship Locations

Campus Ministry oversees an interfaith prayer room located in the Koessler Administration Building (KAB), Room 325. This sacred space is available to all persons.


Campus Ministry provides a daily celebration of the Eucharist for Roman Catholics in D'Youville's Chapel (on the third floor of the KAB) at 11:30 AM and a Sunday Mass at 7 PM during the academic year. All are welcome regardless of denominational affiliation.

Holy Angels
348 Porter Avenue
Holy Cross Church
Maryland & Seventh St.
St. Anthony Church
160 Court Street
St. Joseph Cathedral
50 Franklin Street


Annunciation Church
1000 Delaware Avenue


Temple Beth Zion
805 Delaware Avenue


Church of Christ
481 Linwood Avenue
New Hope Baptist
543 Richmond Avenue
First Presbyterian
1 Symphony Circle
Holy Trinity Lutheran
1080 Main Street
Richmond United Methodist
469 Richmond Avenue
St. John's-Grace Episcopal
51 Colonial Circle
Unitarian Universalist
695 Elmwood Avenue
U.C.C.-Pilgrim St. Luke's
335 Richmond Avenue


Hindu Cultural Center
1595 North French Rd, Getzville


Lackawanna Islamic Mosque
154 Wilkesbarre Avenue, Lackawana

Spiritual Counseling

The Campus Ministers provide personal support service to students, faculty and staff in times of need.

Campus ministers are available for spiritual counseling and support: Fr. Pat O'Keefe at and Rev. Jan Mahle at

Classes can also be arranged for students interested in joining the Catholic faith. For more information, please contact Fr. Patrick O'Keefe at 716-829-7753.

Annual Observances

  • All Soul's Day Memorial Service
  • Baccalaureate
  • Blessing of the Brains
  • Celebrate the Gifts of Christmas
  • Charity Lunch
  • Peace Rally


Volunteer Experiences

Campus Ministry offers many volunteer opportunities on campus and in communities near and far. Habitat for Humanity, Adopt a Grandparent, Haitian Relief, mission trips to New Orleans and Spring Alternative Break trips are just some of the ways you can help others.

Download Volunteer Opportunities

York Street Community Garden
D'Youville students work on the Cottage District Community Association Garden on York Street, near the college campus.

Discover Volunteer Opportunities

Lending a Hand Mission Trip

About 30 students travel each year to New Orleans to lend a hand. Service locations include the Bayou Sauvage Wildlife Preserve and Refuge, Villalobos Pitbull Rescue, Second Harvest Food Bank and Green Light New Orleans. Each community service experience is exceptional. Our annual, week-long mission trip to New Orleans in December results in positive, life-changing experiences for students who participate.

If interested, watch for an email from Campus Ministry with instructions. You'll need to fill out an application and submit it to Campus Ministry.

Soil Project (Fundraising for Haiti)

The SOIL Project is sponsored by D'Youville College Hunger Initiative.

SOIL has been transforming wastes into resources in Haiti. Through the use of ecological sanitation, SOIL is working to create a revolutionary social business model for providing access to safe, dignified sanitation that produces rich, organic compost as a natural resource for Haiti's badly-depleted soils, while also creating economic opportunities in some of the world’s most under-resourced communities." More information can be found on

York Street Clean Up and Beautification

Every year Campus Ministry organizes a group of students, faculty and staff to help clean up and beautify nearby York Street. We work with the neighbors tidy up the community garden and the sidewalks.

Adopt a Grandparent

Through the Adopt a Grandparent Program, students can socialize with adult residents at Mary Agnes Manor, a senior living facility adjacent to the DYC campus.

Other Local Service Projects

The D'Youville community helps meet the needs of many different agencies and populations in Buffalo. Here are a few:

Friends of the Night People – serve at a local soup kitchen for the poor and homeless
Habitat for Humanity – help build a house in the Buffalo area twice a semester
Meals on Wheels – deliver meals to the house-bound and elderly
Neighborhood Halloween Party – help organize a party for neighborhood children and trick-or-treat fun on campus 

Keep Track of Your Volunteer Hours

Log your volunteer hours with us, and we'll provide you a report on request for scholarships and resumes.


Report Your Volunteer Hours

Complete this form to report service for an individual, DYC group or service learning course.

Report Hours


Campus Cupboard

D’Youville’s Campus Cupboard is a campus-wide effort to ensure every student has access to vital non-perishable food items and personal care items. Campus Cupboard is available to any D’Youville student who has a need: No questions will be asked. No financial proof will be required. No paperwork will be needed.

Anyone seeking assistance only needs to contact the Campus Ministry Office or stop by the office in the Koessler Administration Building. If you know of an individual in need, but that person is uncomfortable seeking assistance, please contact our office and we will arrange to discreetly provide them with assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Does D'Youville Need the Campus Cupboard?

According to Feeding America, a network of emergency food shortage agencies, nearly one third of those they serve had to choose between paying for food and covering educational expanses in a 2014 survey. And that need extends to our campus: From April 2016 to May 2017, Campus Cupboard assisted over 450 students.

What Can I do to Help?

The Campus Cupboard is always accepting donations of (non expired) non-perishable food items and personal care items. Donations can be brought to or left at the Campus Ministry Office, KAB 121. Arrangements can be made to pick up donations by contacting Fr. Patrick O’Keefe at or at 716-829-7672. Monetary donations are also accepted.

What Items are Needed?


Ramen Noodles, Oatmeal/Cereal, Raisins, Protein Bars, Fruit Bars, Peanuts, Applesauce, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Soy Milk, Soup, Juice Pouches, Canned Fruits,  and Vegetables, Tuna, Rice, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Canned Beans, Crackers, Frozen Dinners

Personal Care Items:

Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Feminine Products, Deodorant, Bar Soap, Body Wash, Shampoo, Dish Soap, Laundry Soap, Toilet Paper