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Spiritual Life Staff

Maria DiLorenzo

Office: Student Center, Room 330D
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (academic year only)
781.891.2435 or

I'm a native of Dallas and have lived in Boston for more than 10 years. I have been at Bentley for nearly seven years, and I hope to bring you awareness of the value of spirituality among many pressing priorities.

Pierce Butler

Buddhist Practice Coordinator
Office: Adamian Academic Center, 080
Hours: by appointment only
781.891.2958 or

I am a lecturer and writer-in-residence in Bentley's English and Media Studies Department. On campus, I support the needs of our Buddhist community members. I have special interest in the practice of meditation; I also am a longtime love of the Sufi poet, Rumi, and coordinate an annual event at Bentley called the Celebration of Rumi each fall.

Abdallah Ddumba

Muslim Chaplain/Bentley Islamic Community Adviser
Office: Student Center, Room 360
Hours: Wednesday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m (Friday prayer at 1:00 p.m).
978.406.5673 or

I am a spiritual leader and coexistence and conflict resolution practitioner; I obtained a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Islamic University in Uganda. I am a certified Arabic teacher and a product of Brandeis University, where I graduated with a master’s degree in coexistence and conflict. Upon moving to the United States in the late 90s, I co-founded the Uganda America Islamic Foundation, and, in 2005, the Waltham Islamic Society, where I served as Imam until 2011. I am currently studying the contemporary Muslim challenges focused on how to improve and rebuild relations on three Abrahamic religions (Muslims, Christians and Jews). I welcome the conversation and dialogue to help achieve peace and unity. 

Rabbi Jeff Foust

Jewish Chaplain/Adviser to Hillel
Office: Student Center, Room 330
Hours: by appointment only
617.965.6970 or

I have many years of Hillel experience within the campus setting, holding posts at Oberlin College, the University of South Florida, MIT, and, most recently, 13 years at Bentley University. I am formerly the rabbi at Waltham's Temple Beth Israel and have passion for good conversation, Jewish history and mysticism, and exploring ways of creating quality free time in a society preoccupied with "busyness." I live in Newton with my wife and two children. You can connect with me on my website,

Reverend Sylvia Johnson

Protestant Chaplain/ Bentley Christian Fellowship Advisor
Office: Student Center, Room 360
Hours: Wednesdays, Noon to 2:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. (Protestant worship service)
617.216.1221 or

I serve as the pastor at Beth Eden Baptist Church in Waltham and am available to the Bentley community for pastoral counseling and spiritual guidance. My experience and interests include social justice, leadership development, philanthropy and interfaith collaboration. I welcome all opportunities for making connections within the Bentley community and nurturing greater unity among people of different faith traditions.

Satya Prakash Saraswat

Hindu Resource Person
Office: Smith 413
Hours: by appointment only
781.891.3104 or

I am a professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley and hold advanced degrees in computers and business administration from Georgia State University. As I come from a Brahmin family in northern India, I am deeply interested in Hindu ceremony, mythology and mysticism. I have studied the Vedic and classical Sanskrit, and have published papers connecting mythical thought with modern science. My hobbies are astronomy, history and world mythology.

Ellen Snedeker

Catholic Campus Connection Adviser
Office: Morison 347
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays; by appointment
781.891.2110 or

I am a senior lecturer in the Law, Taxation and Financial Planning Department, and also am the academic integrity coordinator at Bentley. A lifelong Catholic, I have a passion for social justice and believe in following teachings regarding a preferential option for the poor. As an adviser, I work alongside students with hopes of assisting them in deepening their understanding of the Catholic faith and traditions. Peace!