Chaplain's Office Staff

Chaplain's Office Staff

College Chaplain

Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M.

The College Chaplain plays a key role in articulating and promoting Siena’s Franciscan and Catholic identity and mission. The Chaplain is responsible for the pastoral care as well as the sacramental and spiritual life of the Siena community.

Fr. Greg is a native of suburban Buffalo, NY.  He first met the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province at South Buffalo’s Bishop Timon High School where he attended high school. Fr. Greg earned his B.A. from Saint Bonaventure University and then went on to earn his J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Law.  He was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1991.  Prior to joining the Franciscan Friars, he spent five years working for LexisNexis in Charlottesville, VA.

In 1997 Fr. Greg joined the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province.  He professed his first vows in 1999 and professed his solemn vows in 2003.  He was ordained to the presbyterate in 2004.  His first ministerial assignment after ordination was at his alma mater as an Assistant Professor of Business Law.  However, after one year Fr. Greg was assigned by his Provincial Minister to be Vocation Director for the Franciscans and moved to New York City.  Two years later Fr. Greg was asked to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the Washington Theological Union, a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in Washington, DC.  He began his ministry as College Chaplain at Siena College in July 2009.

Director of Liturgical Arts

​Kate Kaufman Burns

The Director of Liturgical Arts animates the liturgical experience so that the worship celebrations of our faith community are enhanced by music, art and environment. The Director of Liturgical Arts is responsible for our Liturgical Ministers, Choir, and Praise and Worship ministry.

Kate is pleased to be part of the dedicated team of professionals involved in music ministry at Siena College. Kate graduated from Union College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and continued her education at the University at Albany where she earned her Masters of Social Work Degree in 1995. She has studied classical piano, song writing, and vocal performance since her grade school years, and she wrote her first meditation for the liturgy when she was 12 years old. 

Kate has enjoyed working in liturgical music ministries in the Capital District for the past 25 years. She was most recently the director of the contemporary choir at St. John the Evangelist Church in Schenectady, New York, where she ministered to the students at Union College for 15 years. Kate is also presently a music minister at St. Pius X Church in Loudonville. Kate loves to perform and has been actively involved with both community and professional musical theater companies including the Schenectady Light Opera Company, Adirondack Theater Festival, and Cohoes Music Hall. 

Kate is a native of Niskayuna, New York and now lives in Loudonville with her husband, Jim, and daughter, Olivia. 

Administrative Assistant

Colleen Sheedy

The Administrative Assistant provides organizational support to the College Chaplain and the Chaplain’s Office professional staff. Additionally, the Administrative Assistant coordinates all weddings and other Sacraments scheduled in the St. Mary of the Angel’s Chapel.

Colleen comes to the Office of the College Chaplain from the Business Affairs Office at Siena College where she spent four years processing student accounts. Colleen was born and raised in Albany, NY. Later moving to Loudonville, Colleen worked for private industry for many years and later worked for the North and South Colonie School Districts as a Teacher’s Assistant for special needs children. Colleen enjoys expressing her artistic talent in the form of painting, crafting, and interior design

Colleen resides in Latham, New York.  She has a daughter, Tara, who is married and lives in New Jersey.

For more information, contact the Chaplain's Office.