Newman Center Staff

Chaplain: Father Greg Shaffer


Father Greg Shaffer, a native of Bethesda, Maryland, graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1989 and the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Communication) in 1994.  He spent a total of six years at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary (Emmitsburg, MD) and worked as a sales manager during his two leaves of absence from the seminary.  During his final year as a seminarian (2004-05), he had a great time helping out with ministry at the Newman Center.

In 2006, he was among twelve men who were ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal McCarrick at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  He served at St. Andrew Apostle parish for three years before coming to GW.  His two loves are the Eucharist and young people, so he is psyched to be the chaplain at the GW Newman Center!  He very much looks forward to getting to know the students and serving them.

Check out Father Greg’s Blog/Q&A Forum, follow him on Twitter @FGatGW, and listen to his homilies!


Campus Minsiter: Julie Cilano


Julie is a recent transplant from the great state of Louisiana. Born and bred in New Orleans, she attended Catholic schools there and later went on to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Julie worked at the Catholic Student Center at LSU during her college years. After graduating from LSU in 2008, Julie worked at the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Youth and Young Adult Ministry for four years. During her time at the Diocese Julie worked on and obtained her master’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans.

Over the last two years Julie worked at an amazing parish in the Diocese of Baton Rouge as the Director of Christian Formation and Youth Ministry. Julie has been married for three years to a great guy, Mike, and has a cute little dog named Roux. she is so excited to be a part of the GW Catholic Newman Center and is happy to spread the love of Christ through this ministry!

Administrative Assistant: Rosemary Holt

Rosemary was born on Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, but calls Kansas home. Growing up a military brat, she has moved 16 times and has lived in over seven states. After attending three different high schools in three states she graduated high school in 2009 and accepted a full Army Reserve Officer Training Scholarship (ROTC) to The George Washington University.

Rosemary was an active member of GW Catholics her senior year, participating in the Newman Center’s pro-life ministry and helping lead spiritual retreats. On May 18th, Rosemary commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves and received her bachelors degree in Environmental Studies. She now serves as a US Army Reserve Medical Officer at Fort George Meade, MD while working part-time for the GW Newman Center.