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Spiritual Life Staff

Rev. Dr. Robin Olson


Director
Office: Student Center, 334
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)
Contact: 
781.891.2418 or rolson@bentley.edu

I am thrilled to join the spirited team of Chaplains, Advisors, and student leaders at Bentley! I am a United Methodist clergywoman, and have served as a Pastor to four congregations in New York and Wisconsin, and as a Chaplain to Nazareth College in Rochester NY and, most recently, Boston University.  My degrees are from Colgate University, Boston University, and Wesley Theological Seminary in DC where I earned a Doctorate of Ministry in University Chaplaincy/Campus Ministry.  After college I lived in Israel for a year, which ignited my lifelong passion for interfaith literacy and dialogue. My greatest joy is in accompanying college students on their spiritual journeys. I look forward to creative spiritual practices, worship services and retreats, community service adventures, pastoral conversations, and sharing many cups of coffee and bars of chocolate

Stephanie Bronner


Catholic Campus Connection Advisor
Office: Student Center, 334
Hours: TBD
Contact: 
774.768.0023 or sbronner@bentley.edu

With excitement, I come to the Bentley community from backgrounds of theology study, Catholic retreat ministry, and clinical pastoral counseling.  I studied at Boston College and Loyola Maryland, and have enjoyed meaningful adventures in Hawaii, Zambia, Mississippi, and certainly in between!  Whether you have grown up Catholic or are curious about the Catholic faith, I welcome you to reach out. 

Pierce Butler


Buddhist Practice Coordinator
Office: Adamian Academic Center, 080
Hours: by appointment only
Contact: 
781.891.2958 or pbutler@bentley.edu

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 Advisor
Office: Student Center, 334
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).
Contact: 
978.406.5673 or addumba@bentley.edu

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/Advisor to Hillel
Office: Student Center, 334
Hours: by appointment only
Contact: 
617.965.6970 or jfoust@bentley.edu

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, www.rabbijeffreyfoust.com.

Pastor Lauran DeLano


Protestant Chaplain and Bentley Christian Fellowship Advisor
Office: Student Center, 334
Hours: TBD
Contact: 
479.409.3359 or ldelano@bentley.edu

I am joining Bentley University’s Spiritual Life Center as Protestant Chaplain and Bentley Christian Fellowship Advisor in the fall. I am so excited to join the team of Spiritual Life Advisors at Bentley. I am originally from Arkansas, and I am currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Boston University School of Theology. I am United Methodist and I am seeking to be ordained in the United Methodist Church.  I love planning worship and programs. When I am not at school or at work, I am usually watching sports, running, spending time planning fun things to do in Boston and New England with my friends, or reading a book for fun!

Satya Prakash Saraswat


Hindu Resource Person
Office: Smith 413
Hours: by appointment only
Contact: 
781.891.3104 or ssaraswat@bentley.edu

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.