Crouse Health Chaplains

Staff Chaplains are contracted through InterFaith Works of Central New York.

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Paschal AnionyeFr. Paschal Anionye
Fr. Paschal Anionye is a Roman Catholic priest serving in the Diocese of Syracuse. Educated and ordained in Nigeria, Fr. Paschal has completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (at SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital, under the supervision of Rev. Terry Culbertson, BCC, ACPE). He is preparing to apply for Board Certification as a Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, while also serving at Upstate Community Hospital.


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Francine Berg, MME
Cantor Francine Berg joined the Spiritual Care Department as Jewish Staff Chaplain in December, 2023. A retired music educator and Cantor at Temple Concord in Syracuse, NY, she lives in Jamesville with her husband. She is now the Cantor at Menorah Park Skilled Nursing Facility.




Chaplain Jeremiah DeepChaplain Jeremiah Deep
Chaplain Jeremiah is the Diocese of Syracuse Hope Appeal Chaplain at Crouse. He is a licensed Eucharistic Minister in the Diocese of Syracuse and ministers to patients and families of all faith traditions. He earned an MA in Pastoral Studies from St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, NY, has completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is working on his third unit, with a goal of achieving Board Certification.



Imam Amir DuricImam Amir Duric, MDiv
Imam Amir Durić, MDiv, Muslim Staff Chaplain, has completed 1 unit of CPE through the Jewish Theological Seminary and is working towards his Ph.D. at Syracuse University.




Rev. Willie Mitchell
Rev. Willie Mitchell is the founding pastor of Christ Cultivating Community in Nedrow, NY, where he has ministered for 20 years. More recently, he has begun training as a chaplain through Upstate’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. He has completed one unit, and is currently completing a second unit. Rev. Willie is starting his work at Crouse by supporting the ED on Monday evenings.



Rev. Mary Martha Rice
Rev. Mary Martha Rice is a Protestant pastor affiliated with Aglow International, and has completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education. Rev. Mary will be working on Thursdays and Fridays.




Aasiya Sellars

Aasiya Sellars
Aasiya Sellars provides per diem coverage for Muslim patients. She holds a BA in Islamic Law and Theology from Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA, in 2019.