Sharon M. K. Kugler

Seventh University Chaplain (2007-Present)

  • Santa Clara University, BS 1981
  • Jesuit School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union
  • Ecumenical Institute, St. Mary’s Seminary & University
  • Georgetown University, MA 1998
Life Before Yale Chaplaincy:
  • Patient Advocate, Cleveland Free Clinic 1981-1982
  • Resident Counselor, Genesis House for Battered Women, 1982-1983
  • Associate Campus Minister, Santa Clara University, 1983-1986
  • Director, AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, 1987-1988
  • Chaplaincy Consultant, United Methodist Conference on Higher Education, 1988-1989
  • University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministries, Johns Hopkins University, 1993-2007
Key Contributions:
  • Dedicated space on campus for a Hindu Prayer Room in 2010, a Buddhist Shrine in 2012, and Breathing Space in 2011 (a technology-free creative, text study and meditation space)
  • Hired the first Hindu Fellow to serve the Yale Hindu student community in 2010
  • Conferences hosted at Yale: Global Conference of Chaplains in Higher Education in 2012 and Coming Together 7 in 2015
  • Started the Interfaith Forum at Yale, a group of undergraduates who meet weekly over dinner to build community across a wide variety of religious and spiritual identities and understandings
Fun Facts:
  • First woman, lay-person and Roman Catholic to hold the position of Yale University Chaplain
  • Served as president of both the Association of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA) from 2000-2002 and the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) from 1999-2001