The Catholic Campus Ministry at Union College is an expression God's love and concern for students, faculty, staff and their families. As a Catholic organization, we focus on various ways in which members of our community can continue to grow in their rich Catholic heritage. Only through an adult appropriation of their faith, matching their learning in other areas, may they function as effective Christians in the world. We approach this task by offering spiritual, educational, service and fellowship opportunities. As members of the larger Union College community, we participate in open and respectful dialogue and service with the other traditions on campus. We anticipate that this experience will enhance their understanding and appreciation of these traditions, as well as our own.
Deacon Frank Thomas, M.D. is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fordham College and New York University Medical School. As a radiation oncologist, he practiced at the Cleveland Clinic where he was the department chair, Case Western Reserve Medical School, Albany Medical College, and Ellis Hospital. He subsequently obtained a Master's of Theological Studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and an M.A. in medical ethics from Loyola University Medical School.
After ordination to the deaconate, he has continued to be involved in medical education at AMC and to serve on the boards of the Community Hospice, the St. Clare’s Hospital Foundation, Schenectady Inner City Ministry, and Catholic Central High School. In his capacity as a deacon, he has liturgical responsibilities at Our Lady of Grace in Ballston Lake and advises the Albany Diocese in medical ethics and deaconate formation.
As the new Catholic chaplain at Union College, he welcomes the opportunity to meet with students, learn of their concerns and attempt to address their needs.