University of Delaware

Catholic Campus Ministry at UD -- Saint Thomas More Oratory

45 Lovett Avenue • Newark, Delaware • (302) 368-4728

Contact: Kim Zitzner •

The Catholic Campus Ministry is located at the St. Thomas More Oratory. Named after Thomas More, a gentleman and scholar, the Oratory welcomes students, faculty, staff and administration. The Oratory provides daily and weekend Mass, spiritual retreats, discussion groups, Bible sharing, outreach service programs and a place to meet, share ideas and begin new friendships. The 6:30 p.m. Sunday Mass is the most popular student Mass. The Oratory provides a quiet study space with free snacks, and it never closes.

Father Ambrose Eckinger, Pastor

Father Ambrose
Father Ambrose has previously served as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Columbus, OH and novice master for the St. Joseph Province of the Dominican order. He hails from Steelton, PA and has a B.A. from the Angelicum in Rome (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas) as well as theological training from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

Father Ed Gorman, O.P., Associate Pastor

Father Ed
Father Ed Gorman has previously served as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena, NY, NY, and St. Catherine of Siena, Nairobi, Kenya. He has also taught chemistry in Arusha, Tanzania and Kisumu, Kenya. Father Gorman is currently serving in the US. Navy Reserves as a chaplain. He is a native of Chicago and an avid Chicago sports fan.

Monsignor Michael Szupper, Chaplain Emeritus - Retired

Father Szupper
Father Mike, the Catholic Chaplain, founded St. Thomas More Oratory as the campus center for Catholic ministry. Father Mike provides time and space for the telling, listening and celebration of students' stories. Father Mike's favorite pastime–long lunch breaks in the student centers.

Kim Zitzner

Kim Zitzner
Kim Zitzner is a UD graduate originally from Manasquan, NJ and the Campus Minister at the Thomas More Oratory. She is responsible for the coordination of all student programming and makes sure there is always plenty of food downstairs in the Social Hall for late night studiers. Kim is also the liaison to the University for the University Religious Leaders Organization. She can be found at the Oratory most afternoons and late nights along with Flower,the chapel cat. Kim Zitzner