Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:15

Covino Named Director of Campus Ministry at Assumption College

Assumption College has announced the appointment of Paul Covino as the College’s new director of campus ministry, a position that plays a key role in the life of Assumption’s campus as it encourages all members of the College community to be seekers of truth and to bring about a world of justice, peace and love.

Covino, who starts his new position on Oct. 1, comes to Assumption after two decades at the College of the Holy Cross, where he is associate chaplain and director of liturgy.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Covino as Assumption’s new director of campus ministry,” said Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A., vice president for mission at Assumption College. “Paul’s long and successful career in campus ministry will serve the College well in helping to support and strengthen existing programs as well as broadening the pastoral outreach of the department. With a spirituality centered in the Church’s liturgy, Paul is committed to sharing the bright light of the Gospel in new and varied ways with students and with the wider community. I welcome his thoughtfulness, his lively faith, and his pastoral sensitivity.”

Campus Ministry fosters the development of the whole person—mind and body, heart and soul, which is at the heart of the College’s mission. Through Catholic liturgies and prayer services, retreats to further spiritual development, community service experiences around the world, discussion groups, and other programs, the Office of Campus Ministry strives to give life and meaning to the College’s motto, “Until Christ be formed in you.”

“I am delighted to be joining the Assumption College community and serving with such an excellent team of student leaders, campus ministers, and members of the Assumptionist religious community,” Covino said. “Assumption’s commitment to faith, service and diversity as constitutive elements of a Catholic education is evident in the many fine programs offered by campus ministry and in the beautiful new Tinsley Campus Ministry Center.

“Campus ministers have a unique and graced opportunity to accompany college students as they ask important questions about themselves, their lives, and how God is inviting them to use their gifts and talents to serve the world’s needs,” he continued. “Drawing on Pope Francis’s image of ‘the home of all,’ rather than ‘a small chapel that can only hold a small group of selected people,’ I hope that campus ministry can more and more be that place of hospitality on the Assumption campus, where people of all faith traditions and all walks of life find a home in which to ask these questions in a prayerful and supportive environment.”

Covino received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to Holy Cross in 1993, he served as a residence hall chaplain at Georgetown, associate director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, director of Liturgy at Holy Trinity Parish, Washington, D.C.; and St. Camillus Church, in Arlington, Mass. He also served at the Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry (now part of the School of Theology and Ministry).

At Holy Cross, Covino has been responsible for the various liturgical ministries and the administrator of the campus’s chapels.  He has also served as chaplain for Holy Cross Naval ROTC and led a course to train senior midshipmen to serve as lay leaders of prayer upon overseas deployment.

He is involved in a variety of national and diocesan church organizations and has led workshops on liturgy across the country. His publications include a popular wedding preparation book titled Celebrating Marriage, the film Our Catholic Wedding, and chapters in books and encyclopedias as well as journal articles. Covino has also recently been accepted into the Diaconate Program for the Diocese of Worcester.

Originally from Shrewsbury, Covino attended St. Mary’s School and St. John’s High School, where he now serves as a trustee. He and his wife Anne live in Upton, and they have four grown sons.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews