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I am pleased to announce a reorganization of the college’s mission and identity, campus ministry and community outreach activities with the creation of the Office of Mission & Ministry and the appointment of Rev. John J. Mattimore, SJ, as Chief Mission & Ministry Officer for Canisius College.

In this new role, Father Mattimore will provide leadership and day-to-day management for the college’s mission as a Catholic, Jesuit institution by overseeing the development of mission-related programs, spiritual development and faith formation programs, and the college’s outreach activities. He will be responsible for the coordination of activities and initiatives among the college’s Campus Ministry and Mission & Identity offices and the New Buffalo Institute (NBI).  We have discovered that coordination and close collaboration among those three offices is critical.

Father Mattimore’s direct reports will be Kaitlyn Buehlmann (Campus Ministry), Sarah Signorino (Mission & Identity) and Mary Rockwell (NBI).  Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, S.J. will continue to assist with Mission & Identity initiatives in addition to other assignments from the president. 

This appointment does not represent an increase in personnel, as Father Mattimore has already been working in both Campus Ministry and the New Buffalo Institute since he arrived at the college in January 2020. 

Father Mattimore will report directly to me, but he, Sarah Signorino and Mary Rockwell will continue to meet with the Academic Affairs staff to insure that their activities further the academic goals of the college. He and Kaitlyn Buehlmann will also continue to meet with the Student Affairs staff.

A native of Western New York, Father Mattimore attended Canisius High School and then joined the Jesuit order.  He holds masters degrees in divinity and in theology from Regis College – University of Toronto and a master’s degree of English education from Teachers College at Columbia University. 

In his previous work in Western New York, Father Mattimore served as chaplain to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, the Federal Detention Center in Batavia and Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.  He also has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator of Jesuit secondary schools in Baltimore, Batavia, Buffalo, Micronesia and New York City.

Please join me in wishing Fr. Jack the best in his new responsibilities.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, president, Canisius College