Ohio Dominican University Welcomes New Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry

Father Richard Gross


Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is pleased to announce Rev. Richard K. Gross, S.J. as its new Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry. 

Fr. Richard brings a solid Catholic foundation, strong historical background and decades of academic and pastoral experience to ODU. 

Fr. Richard comes to ODU having spent the last five years as a Catholic Priest Assistant at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  He’s spent the last six years as Chaplain and an instructor at St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn. 

His experience also includes three years as Catholic Chaplain at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and 10 years as Pastor and Chaplain at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.   During his time at both places, he was involved with graduate students and faculty and provided the opportunity for them to interact with students of other disciplines.  He looks to make that same contribution to ODU.  

"Every school offers both new challenges and opportunities,” Fr. Richard said.  “For an ‘Easterner,’ I'm sure Ohio itself will be a new adventure but more importantly I look forward to working with and for the community of Ohio Dominican.  As the University moves into its second century it's a great time to contribute to a rich and evolving tradition.” 

Fr. Richard received his Atrium Baccalaureus degree in History from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  He also earned his Master of Arts in History from the London School of Economics in London, England and his Master of Divinity in Theology at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

“For all Catholic schools of higher education there is the on-going challenge of offering students a program of studies and witness to blending ‘faith’ and ‘reason,’” Fr. Richard said.  “With its roots in the Dominican tradition ODU taps into a legacy which is vital to the Church today.  I'm delighted to have the opportunity to be part of this exciting mission!" 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.