Father David Buckles Named as University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry

News Story: October 13, 2014
Father David Buckles

Father David Buckles has joined Sacred Heart University as its chaplain and director of Campus Ministry.  He will oversee all Sacred Heart pastoral and spiritual activities for students and faculty and continue the University’s tradition of ensuring a strong educational foundation anchored in academic and spiritual learning and community service.

Buckles comes to Sacred Heart from the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana, where he was a parish priest and pastor. In that capacity, he worked with the local community and Purdue University, where he had previously spent three years in campus ministry. That experience, he says, prepared him for this new assignment, and he indicates he was immediately and strongly drawn to Sacred Heart for its commitment to the comprehensive development of its students and its strong Catholic philosophy.

“There’s a powerful energy and enthusiasm on campus that you feel the moment you visit,” Buckles recalls. “The University’s goal is to build a more traditional parish-style model that supports overall efforts dedicated to structure, process and personal development. My role will be to help students acclimate, find answers that suit their growth and college experience and to help them prepare for a life that includes service and strong Catholic values.”

SHU will be expanding its campus ministry, Buckles adds, and plans to hire a campus minister and an associate chaplain as well. “Here at SHU, I see the Catholic philosophy being lived out,” Buckles reflects. “That bridges behaviors, attitudes, helping one another and doing ‘good’—personally, as a community and in service outreach. I’m very pleased to be on campus and look forward to serving the SHU student and professional community.”

Buckles earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College in Indiana and a Canon Law degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy.