August 24, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. recently welcomed Fr. Gregoire J. Fluet as director of Campus Ministry and chaplain.
Fr. Fluet, who received his PhD in history from Clark University in Worcester, Mass, comes to the Mount from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., where he served for more than a decade as a professor, and more recently, as secretary of the Board of Governors, among other leadership roles.
A priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., he offered his “great gratitude to Bishop Michael Cote, my Bishop of Norwich, Conn., for his support and permission for me to serve at the Mount.”
The college’s previous chaplain and Campus Ministry director, Fr. Francis Amodio, O. Carm., bid farewell to the college in June 2017 to become the vocation director for the Carmelite Order.
Fr. Fluet couldn’t be happier to be at the Mount.
“It’s extremely exciting,” he said. “The energy here is really impressive. The young adults here are capable of so much. They’re so smart and kindhearted.”
He added, “There’s some tremendous things that were started by Fr. Francis. I hope to continue them and create some new initiatives too.”
Some of Fr. Fluet’s plans include increasing the frequency and scope of Campus Ministry’s community service programs, such as the annual Thanksgiving food drive and Christmas gift donations for local children, as well as growing the college’s religious retreat offerings for students.
While one might assume that the college’s Campus Ministry is only meant for Christians, Fr. Fluet notes that it has always been open to all Mount students.
“I want it to be known that everyone is welcome,” he explained. “I want us to continue to push the Four Pillars of St. Dominic – prayer, study, service, and community – and I want people to know that I’m their priest. That’s why I’m here, to serve the community, whether you are a Christian or any other faith.”
Mount Saint Mary College, located 60 miles north of New York City, is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs preparing students for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communication/media, and more.