Catholic Center Staff


Fr Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv.

Father Gerry Waterman is a member of the Conventual Franciscan Order and has been a friar-priest for 31 years. Born and raised in New England, he is fond of running, tennis, art (especially watercolor), gardening and reading. As a former commercial winemaker, he is always willing to share his passion for wine. Fr. Gerry is an outdoors person and enjoys the ocean (“saltwater makes everything better”), the sunshine, the mountains and all of God’s creation. Inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi from an early age, Fr. Gerry was educated in the seminaries of his Franciscan community in Granby, MA, and Rensselaer, NY. An extrovert, Fr. Gerry is passionate about people! He has served in numerous capacities in many states on the Eastern seaboard and abroad, but for the past 11 years, he has enjoyed life in North Carolina as Associate Chaplain for Catholic Life at Elon University. There, he encountered and built relationships with students, alumni, faculty and staff through Masses, retreats, faith-sharing and counseling sessions, weddings, baptisms, dinners and socials, intramural sports, service projects, university events and service trips to South Carolina, Jamaica and Mexico. Fr. Gerry is excited about his new ministry as Catholic Chaplain at Syracuse University in August 2016 and is looking forward to shepherding his newest flock.dedicated Catholic Orange community, we became what and who we are today.


Shannon Walsh

Interim Campus Minister
Psychology and Policy Studies, Class of 2016
Shannon is from Schnecksville, PA and would be happy to introduce you to any activity or individual here at the Catholic Center. It truly is a great place to be and meet genuine friends. Shannon attended the Syracuse Encounter retreat (you should sign up!) never misses our Thursday night dinners. She loves hanging out, concerts, sour patch watermelons and cheering on the Orange in the Carrier Dome. Here’s to a great year!


Jose Gonzalez

Work Study Intern
Cultural Anthropology, Class of 2017
As an aspiring Cachanilla native to the ever-sunny city of San Diego, José seeks to thrive in the never-ending dreadful Syracuse snow. In the meantime, he has hopes of obtaining a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the C.A.S, and one day deciding on a minor to shoot for. However, José’s biggest aspiration is to excel on the hill, while enjoying and helping the hood.

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Kailyn Sitter

Biology & Medical Anthropology, 2018
Kailyn is from Appleton, Wisconson and given the opportunity, will talk your ear off about how awesome Wisconsin, Chicago and the rest of the midwest is. Fittingly, she loves cheese and will never turn down cheesecake. Her secret talent is the ability to use chopsticks with both of her hands. She is pictured here with her new bike, Flint.


Eoin Rapp

Vice President

Eoin pronounced like Ian for those aren’t Irish, is an “Oakie” that attends the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry School right next to Syracuse. He is a freshman in Environmental Science, (Hopefully soon Environmental Engineering), and is from Buffalo, NY. He is someone who loves the outdoors and working with his hands in service. He is also an Eagle Scout and will talk your ear off about the beauty of nature everywhere around Syracuse. Eoin enjoys singing, writing poetry, running, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and anything that has to do with the outdoors. Should you ever need anything, he would be happy to help you or figure out what to do.


Tyler Adams

Accounting and Finance, Class of 2019

Tyler is from the hole-in-the wall state of Maine. He’d be more specific, but whats the point, he’d be impressed if you knew it was a state! He is a student at the Whitman School of Management and a peer mentor for Waverly house. His majors are accounting and finance, and he enjoys a good 10K. Fun facts: Tyler loves the show The Office, and he placed third in the state bowling tournament in high school.


Sydney Hughes

Public Health, Class of 2020
Sydney is from Meeker, Colorado and will be a sophomore this year. While Sydney lives on a cattle ranch in Colorado but also lives for a New York half moon cookie.