The Rensselaer Newman Foundation provides financial and organizational support of Chaplaincy services at Rensselaer in conjunction with the Rensselaer Union. The Chaplains Offices are located on the top floor of the Union (Room 3514) and provides religious services and counseling to students at Rensselaer.

Catholic Pastor: Father Ed Kacerguis

Catholic Music Director: Julia Filippone

Muslim Chaplain: Djafer Sebkhoui

Phone: (518) 274-0137

Jewish Chaplain: Rabbi Debora S. Gordon

Phone: (518) 272-8872,

Protestant Chaplain: Rev. Beth Illingsworth

Office Manager: Mary Holbritter

Secretary: Diane Waters

You can reach all of our Chaplains via mail at the following address:

Rensselaer Student Union, Suite 3514
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, New York 12180
(518) 276-6518

General Office E-mail Contact or

General Office Phone Contact

(518) 276-6518

Student Religious Organizations at Rensselaer


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued its first report assessing compliance by dioceses nationwide with “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” This report is based on a thorough review by independent auditors of the work of U.S. dioceses since June 2002 to establish effective procedures to receive, investigate and act upon complaints of clergy sexual abuse of minors; to prevent future abuse through background checks and the creation of safe environment programs, and to promote healing by providing comfort and assistance to victims, among other goals.

Independent auditors found the Albany Diocese in complete compliance with all provisions of the Charter. The USCCB’s full report an recommendations can be read at The report on the Albany Diocese audit and full information about our Diocese’s programs to address clergy sexual abuse of minors is available at or by calling the Diocese’s toll-free information line at 1-800-931-6058.

The Albany Diocese has a zero tolerance policy for clergy sexual abuse of minors. We encourage all victims of clergy sexual abuse to come forward for help. To report an incident of abuse, please contact the Albany Diocese Victims/Survivors Assistance Coordinator, Theresa F. Rodrigues at (518) 453-6646, or write to her at