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Director, Office of Mission & Ministry

Phone: (914) 633-2632


  • Ph.D., Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.Master of Theological Studies, Catholic
  • Theological Union, Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.

Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D., has served on the staff of Iona College's Center for Campus Ministries (now Office of Mission and Ministry) since 1990. Prior to his years at Iona, Carl was employed as a Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph's Church in Chicago, where he was one of the founders of Insight, a tutoring and mentoring program that continues to serve children of Chicago's inner city.

During his tenure as Director of Campus Ministries at Iona (currently the Office of Mission and Ministry), the department has developed many programs such as the Success After-School Center, the Iona in Mission program, the Iona College Gospel Choir, and the many community outreach initiatives that involve Iona students including, amongst others, its Habitat for Humanity, Best Buddies and Project Sunshine chapters. As an Iona in Mission moderator, Carl has traveled with students on over 25 service immersions to serve communities nationally and internationally, as far away as Kenya and as close as the Bronx, N.Y. He has worked closely with Iona faculty to create service-learning coursework and for the past 10 years has served as chairperson of the college's Week of the Peacemaker, an educational week that fosters analysis and reflection on timely social justice issues such as fairness in the labor market, immigration and health care. An adjunct professor of Religious Studies, Carl currently teaches two courses: Religion in Contemporary Society and Theology of Service. Carl also serves as an adjunct professor in the Master's program in Youth/Young Adult Ministry at Fordham University.

Carl has served the greater New Rochelle community as the President of both the New Rochelle Council of Community Services (2005-06) and the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle (2009-12). Under his leadership, the Interreligious Council inaugurated its inter-faith builds in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and established a scholarship program for deserving New Rochelle High School youth. The IRC has also built upon its signature programs, such as the annual Thanksgiving service and Awards Gala while adding new initiatives such as a yearly series of tours of diverse New Rochelle Houses of Worship.

Carl earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's University (Collegeville, Minn.) and a Master's of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He received the St. John's University Class of 1982 Alumni Achievement Award for leadership at Iona and service to the church. The award was presented during the St. John’s University reunion weekend on June 24, 2017. Carl's doctoral dissertation explores the notion of solidarity as it has evolved in Catholic Social Thought and as it is taught in institutions of higher education. A member of the Religious Education Association and the Catholic Campus Ministries Association, he has presented several times at both of their national conferences. Carl is married to Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., the Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College.

Positions Held

  • Outreach Minister, St. Joseph Church, Chicago
  • Service Activities Coordinator, Iona College
  • Chair, Office of Mission and Ministry, Iona College
  • Service-Learning Coordinator, Iona College
  • Director, Office of Mission and Ministry, Iona College

Coordinator, Mission Education Programs

Phone: (914) 633-2045

MS, Educational Technology, Iona College
BBA, Information and Decision Technology Management, Iona College

Tameka has been a member of the staff at Iona College since 2004. As the Coordinator for Mission Education Programs, Tameka is responsible for working closely with the Director of Mission and Ministry on various programs and activities. She collaborates with the Director to strategically design and implement new initiatives that promote the mission of Iona College. She coordinates events, including Friends of Edmund, Heritage Week, The Catholic Intellectual Tradition symposium, Celebration of Welcome for new hires, and the annual service award dinner for employees.

Positions Held

  • Coordinator for Mission Integration, Iona College
  • Graduate Assistant for School of Arts & Science, Iona College


Phone: (914) 633-2630

Master of Divinity, Seton Hall University (also attended Maryknoll School of Theology)
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Manhattan College

Fr. Gerard joined the Office of Mission and Ministry as Chaplain in August 2017. He presides at the liturgy on Sunday evenings at Holy Family Church and at the daily liturgies Monday - Thursday in the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel. Fr. Gerard coordinates the RCIA program as well as with the liturgy committee. He also serves as the spiritual adviser to the Kairos retreat team.

Fr. Gerard is a native of the Bronx and attended Cardinal Spellman High School, as well as Manhattan College. He entered the Capuchin Franciscans in 1983 and professed his vows in 1984. Fr. Gerard was ordained as a priest in 1991. Most of his ministry has been in parishes run by the Capuchin in the New York area and in Middletown, Conn. He also worked in the formation program for the Capuchins as co-director of the Postulant Program.

You can contact Fr. Gerard for an appointment, Sacrament of Reconciliation, or just to chat.

Positions Held

  • Parochial Vicar: Our lady of Sorrows, New York City
  • Parochial Vicar: St. John the Baptist, NYC
  • Pastor: Our Lady, Queen of Angels, NYC
  • Pastor: St. Pius X, Middletown Connecticut
  • Administrator: Holy Cross Church, NYC
  • Chairman: Provincial JPE Commission
  • Spiritual Assistant to Secular Franciscans
  • Co-Director of Formation for Postulants, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Part-time Associate: St. Michael/St. Malachy Parish, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Assistant Director for Retreats and Spirituality
Moderator, Kairos Retreat

Phone: (914) 637-2771

Advanced Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Fordham University
Master of Theological Studies, Boston University
Bachelor of Arts, Salve Regina University

Benjamin Mead joined the Office of Mission & Ministry as the assistant director for Retreats & Spirituality Programs in September 2019.

Before arriving at Iona, Benjamin worked in student affairs at various Catholic and private institutions in the Northeast. While working at each institution, Benjamin was particularly interested in spirituality-focused programming efforts, whether through involvement in liturgical ministry or via formal training with students. A certified spiritual director, Benjamin appreciates the companionship experienced in spiritual direction.

As a native New Englander, Benjamin relishes any chance to be by the ocean or enjoy a lobster roll.

Positions Held

  • Area Coordinator, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Resident Director, Fordham University
  • Resident Director, Salve Regina University

Faith Krefft, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Iona in Mission

Phone: (914) 633-2340

Dana Celestino

Director of Music Ministry Fellowship Choir


Contact Us

Office of Mission & Ministry

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