Chaplains & Staff
Father Paul Rourke, SJ
Rev. Paul Rourke, SJ currently serves as the interim Catholic Chaplain at Georgetown University Law Center.
A Georgetown University Law Center graduate and a lawyer in a previous career, Michael has been the Jewish Chaplain for the Law and Medical Centers since August 2002. He has been a student of Judaism for his adult life and has taught numerous courses on Judaica, including courses at Georgetown Law and Medical Centers. Michael is enthusiastic about his career change to Jewish Chaplain and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm with students, administrators, staff, and faculty.
Sister Dorinda Young, SSJ
Sister Dorinda is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Erie, PA, has been a Roman Catholic Chaplain at Georgetown University since 1982. She began full-time in the School of Nursing, where she developed Faculty Discussion Groups centered on prayer and spirituality, as well as Days of Recollection for the nursing students. She was a Director for both the Agape and Silent retreats. In 1989, she became a part-time Roman Catholic Chaplain Law Center and began a full-time ministry in 1993 when she moved into the Gewirz Student Center as Chaplain-In-Residence. Her particular interests are facilitating the on-campus Prayer-in-Daily-Life retreats, prayer and spirituality, women's issues, marriage preparation and personal and faith counseling. Sister Dorinda has her B.S. degree from her community's college, Villa Maria in Erie, PA, and her M.A. in Religious Education with a concentration in Campus Ministry from Fordham University. She is a current member of Spiritual Directors International.
Reverend Kevin Wright
Rev. Kevin Wright serves as the Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown Law Center. Kevin received his Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and was ordained a minister in the Wesleyan Church in 2009. Kevin has served in a variety of ministry settings with an emphasis on social justice organizing and pastoral care. Kevin has also worked extensively in the field of faith based international community development through the United Methodist Church. Kevin is excited about his ability to serve the Georgetown Law Community and enjoys meeting people from all walks of life.
Imam Yahya Hendi
Imam Hendi is the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, the first American university to hire a full-time Muslim Chaplain. Imam Hendi is also the Imam of the Islamic Society of Fredrick and is the Muslim Chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He servers as a member and the spokesperson of the Islamic Jurisprudence Council of North America. He is an adjunct faculty member at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Imam Hendi holds a Master's degree in Comparative Religions from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Comparative Religion. In May 2002, Imam Hendi was selected by Hartford Seminary to receive its annual "James Gettemy Significant Ministry Award" for his dedication to his Ministry and for his work to promote peace-building between people of different religions.
Imam Hendi has written numerous publications on many topics, including women in Islam, women and gender relations in Islam, the coming of the Messiah, and religion and Islam in the United States. He has presented a multitude of interfaith and general lectures in the United States, Asia, Europe, central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East in the last eight years. He was one of the Muslim leaders who met with the President of the United States in the aftermath of September 11 tragedy. Hoping to create positive relationships between the followers of the three Abrahamic religions, Imam Hendi often visits and lectures at churches and synagogues. He also serves on national and international interfaith councils.
Imam Hendi offers Muslim retreats. He often leads Qiyamul-lail prayer and Jum'ah (Friday services). He also counsels students on academic, professional, and social issues. Imam Hendi believes that only with love and education can the world be a better place to live in.
Emily Clawson joined the Office of Campus Ministry as the Interreligious Coordinator in December 2013. She obtained her Masters of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, where she studied and worked on initiatives involving religious diversity, transformative education, and feminist & liberative theologies. During her studies, she co-coordinated the Harvard Prison Education Project and was awarded the 2011 Greeley International Grant for the Promotion of Interreligious Understanding, Peace, & Social Justice.
Emily previously worked as a public school teacher and continues her work in holistic education as an instructor for Northwestern University's Civic Education Project. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Theology & Religious Studies and Communication Studies from the University of San Diego, where she initially developed her passion for justice, education, and theology. Emily is excited to continue her work in these areas through her position at Georgetown Law.