Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M. has been named College Chaplain at Hilbert College. He will assist in developing and ensuring the Catholic Franciscan identity and mission of Hilbert and coordinate the life of the Church on campus. Jakubowicz will begin his new role on August 1, 2014.
Fr. Greg has spent the last five years as the College Chaplain at Siena College. He is a native of West Seneca, NY. Fr. Greg will also be responsible for coordinating liturgical and sacramental life; encouraging individuals in the development of faith and spiritual growth; guiding the campus community, particularly students, through pastoral counseling; promoting an understanding of Catholic social teachings/social issues and a response through community service; and building a faith community at the College that reaches out to persons of all religious denominations. Fr. Greg will also teach Philosophy 218 – Moral Issues in Contemporary Society and oversee the campus chapel.
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, St. Bonaventure University, 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 first met the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province at South Buffalo’s Bishop Timon High School, his alma mater. Fr. Greg earned his B.A. from St. Bonaventure 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.