Faculty & Staff





  Rev. Frederick G. Betti, S.J.

Fr. Fred Betti, S.J., the Director of Campus Ministry at Canisius High School and a Buffalo native, entered the Jesuits in 1979 and was ordained in 1990. He is especially involved in the direction of retreats and Christian service programs that were featured in the New York Province publication, Holy Boldness.  Before coming to Canisius High School, this 1979 graduate of Canisius College taught at Regis High School and McQuaid Jesuit where he was the chairperson of religious studies and director of the MAGIS Service Program. He has also done pastoral work in numerous parishes in New York City, Rochester, and Buffalo.


Rev. Joseph F. Burke, S.J.

Rev. Joseph F. Burke, S.J., Acting Rector of the Canisius Jesuit Community and St. Michael’s Jesuit Community, is an adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Canisius College and co-director of spiritual formation at Christ the King Seminary. He is also a practicing psychotherapist and responsible at Canisius for the clinical training of those who will become school and agency counselors. He earned his Ph.D. at Fordham University in religion and psychology and does research on issues of spirituality in the therapeutic process. Since coming to Canisius in 1997, he has also been a spiritual director, a member of the Presbyterial Senate of the Diocese of Buffalo, and a popular presenter at workshops and conferences.


Fr. David S. Ciancimino, S.J.

Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J., is the 35th president of Canisius High School where he once served as a teacher, admissions director and principal (1989-1997). He is a graduate of Xavier High School in New York City where he also taught (1982-1985) and served as headmaster (1997-2004). Prior to his return to Canisius High School, he was the assistant to the provincial and then provincial superior of the New York Province Jesuits.


Rev. Thomas A. Colgan, S.J.

Rev. Tom Colgan, S.J., associate director of Campus Ministry, has been a Jesuit since 1963 and a priest since 1975. He grew up in Washington State and worked for many years in the Northwest, especially among Native American peoples. Father Tom says Mass, provides spiritual direction, runs retreat programs, especially the 19th Annotation version of The Spiritual Exercises, and can be seen around campus with his "Lucy" ministry. He is also very passionate about peace and justice.

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Br. Christopher Derby, S.J.

Br. Christopher Derby, S.J., teacher of English and religion at Canisius High School, received a B.A. in religion from Kenyon College and served as a Jesuit Volunteer at Nativity Mission Center in New York City before entering the Society of Jesus in 1988. He holds Master’s degrees in English (from Fordham) and theology (Weston Jesuit) and has taught and directed theater in middle and high schools. Br. Derby served for five years as director of vocations for the New York and Maryland Provinces of the Jesuits.  He is a founding member of the Ignatian Schola, a mixed choral ensemble comprising Jesuits and lay colleagues who pray and sing together (


Rev. James L. Dugan, S.J.

Rev. James L. Dugan, S.J., associate director of campus ministry, entered the Jesuits in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1973. He is a graduate of Canisius College.  His principal assignments include 12 years as librarian at the Pontifical Oriental Institute and 7 years as librarian at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, both in Rome, 10 years as a psychological counselor and philosophy instructor at Canisius College, Buffalo, and 2 years as executive assistant to the New York Province Provincial.  He enjoys travel and reading in the areas of postmodernism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, religion, and poetry. 


Rev. Edward J. Durkin, S.J.

Rev. Edward J. Durkin, S.J., director of the St. Augustine and St. Monica Scholars Programs of the Nativity/Miguel Middle School in Buffalo, arrived here in 2003 to help start this new venture after 15 years in Harlem, preceded by 15 years on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In addition to teaching, he has also coached basketball, track, and baseball. In January 2008, Father Durkin received the Bishop's Education Medal from the Diocese of Buffalo for his work in helping to establish the new program on Buffalo's East Side.


Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, S.J.

Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, S.J., professor of religious studies & theology, became a New England Province Jesuit in 1967, a priest in 1976, and a teacher of Catholic theology at Canisius in 1985, where he has also chaired the Faculty Senate and managed Faculty Handbook revisions. His academic interests include the doctrine of God and Hegel’s philosophy of religion. His Ph.D. is from Vanderbilt, and he returns to its neighborhood every summer to work at the cathedral parish. He has also worked and studied in Iraq, Lebanon, France, and Germany. Fr. Jamros enjoys languages, literary classics, movies, friendships, and the Boston Red Sox.


Rev. Daniel J. Lusch, S.J.

Rev. Daniel J. Lusch, S.J., a Jesuit since 1951 and a priest since 1962, is engaged in pastoral ministry, spiritual/retreat direction, preaching, and workshops. Before coming to Western New York, he served as a campus minister at Boston College and taught in their Institute of Religious Education & Pastoral Ministry. As a writer, he has published reflections and poems and recently completed a manuscript, Write into Me: Exploring Divine Plenty. He currently has a poetry collection in progress. Ignatian and contemplative spiritual traditions are his special interests. Walking, writing, reading, the world of nature, and music are also sources of inspiration and nourishment.


Rev. Joseph W. Lux, S. J.

Rev. Joseph W. Lux, S.J., chaplain to athletics and the Parents Association at Canisius High School, also assists with Ignatian mission and campus ministry activities.  He returned to Buffalo in 2011 after graduating with a degree in Library Science from SUNY at Buffalo in 1994 and then working at Canisius High School and Canisius College from 2000-2006.  Over the years, he has been a teacher and administrator at McQuaid Jesuit, and Regis and Xavier High Schools in New York City. He was also a librarian at St. Peter’s College from 1994-2000.  He entered the Jesuits in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 1971.


Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, S.J.

Rev. Patrick Lynch, S.J., professor of religious studies & theology and director of the College’s Core Curriculum, entered the Jesuits in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1972. He received a doctorate in Christian Theology from the University of Chicago and currently teaches courses on Catholic Social Ethics, Religion and Politics, and the Jesuits. Prior to beginning full-time teaching duties at Canisius College in 1987, he taught at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City and LeMoyne College. Currently he is a Carnegie Scholar for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.


Rev. Martin X. Moleski, S.J.

Rev. Martin X. Moleski, S.J., professor of religious studies & theology, is a graduate of Canisius High School, who entered the Jesuits in 1973 and was ordained in 1981. He studied at Boston College, Fordham University, and Regis College, Toronto, before earning his doctorate in theology at the Catholic University of America. He taught briefly at LeMoyne College before moving to Canisius College in 1990. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, Personal Catholicism and Michael Polanyi: Scientist and Philosopher. He also regularly does pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo and a radio show on the local Catholic station WLOF.


Rev. Michael R. Pastizzo, S.J.

Rev. Michael Pastizzo, S.J, media specialist in Information Technology and assistant professor of Religious Studies & Theology, entered the Jesuits in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1970. He is a member of the FacTS (Faculty Technology Services) Center that helps Canisius faculty with instructional computing. He also teaches courses on religion and film and religion and art in the Religious Studies & Theology Department. Prior to his arrival at Canisius, Fr. Pastizzo earned an S.T.D. degree from Rome’s Gregorian University in religion and art, has been an academic dean for Jesuits in studies, and worked in Rome, helping people to learn computer skills.


Rev. James M. Pribek, S.J.

Rev. James Pribek, S.J., assistant professor of English at Canisius College, specializes in Irish Literature. A native of Wisconsin, his Jesuit formation took him to St. Paul, Omaha, Spokane, the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Father Pribek entered the Jesuits in 1987 and was ordained in Milwaukee in 1999. He lived and studied in Dublin, Ireland, where he also worked in a diocesan parish. He holds a doctorate from University College Dublin, where he wrote a dissertation tracing the influence of Cardinal John Henry Newman on James Joyce.


Rev. George A. Restrepo, S.J.

Rev. George Restrepo, S.J., adjunct professor in the fine arts music program and assistant to the office of student life, entered the Jesuits in 1952 and was ordained a priest in 1965. With a master’s degree in film from NYU, he currently is responsible for film series and provides assistance to Little Theater in addition to helping in local parishes and at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. Prior to coming to Canisius in January 2008, he did parish and school work in New York City, Baltimore, and Puerto Rico.  Among his many activities were film and opera series in the places where he worked, and pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Lourdes, Fatima, Lisieux, and the island of Molokai.   


Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J.

Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J., is director of Mission & Identity, rector of the Canisius Jesuit Community and professor of fine arts. He earned an MFA in painting and an MS in art history from Pratt Institute. Gallery credits include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Art Dialogue Gallery and regionally in Boston, Fairfield, Kansas City, Montreal, and New York City.  He has illustrated articles for AMERICA Magazine. Tunney entered the Jesuits in 1976 and was ordained in 1988. He is pastorally active on campus and at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and St. Joseph University Church.