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Our Mission

The Mission of the Hall Newman Center is to nurture the spiritual development of individuals on the SUNY Oswego campus and in the Oswego community. We commit ourselves to be a resource for information, education, and advocacy on behalf of the Catholic Church and its teachings. Our welcoming and vibrant atmosphere promotes a sense of Christian community and we commit ourselves to be available to and to represent the students of SUNY Oswego, the larger college and area communities.

Our Team

Michael Huynh

Director of Campus Ministry

Michael Huynh, SFO, is the Director of Campus Ministry at the Hall Newman Center at SUNY Oswego. He has been serving in this role since August 2005. Michael graduated from SUNY Oswego with a B.A. in Public Justice and Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling and Psychological Services. He also has earned an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Michael is a Commissioned Youth Minister through the Diocese of Syracuse’s Formation for Ministry Program and a Secular Franciscan. He has lived in a Catholic Worker community, St. Francis Farm, and also served as a FrancisCorps volunteer ministering to the underserved youth of Syracuse. He enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, singing, and playing guitar.


Fr. John Canorro


Fr. John Canorro has been serving the Hall Newman Center as well as the surrounding parishes since June of 2018. Prior to his move to Oswego, Fr. Canorro served as pastor of a number of parishes in the Northern Region of the diocese, including parishes in Mexico, Pulaski, and Fulton. He is a native of East Syracuse and St. Matthew’s Church and a few of his first assignments after his 2001 ordination were as parochial vicar of Holy Cross Church in DeWitt and as a faculty member at Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School. Outside of serving numerous local parishes, Fr. Canorro enjoys working as a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, playing golf as well as baking cookies.

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Mary Pryor

Administrative Assistant

Mary joined the Hall Newman Center as the administrative assistant on August 31, 2020. Prior to joining the Newman Center Mary was employed at SUNY Oswego in the Office of the Division of Extended
Learning. She has also worked for the Oswego City School District and Literacy Volunteers of Oswego
County. Mary is a lifelong resident of Oswego, NY and enjoys the vitality and diversity that SUNY
Oswego brings to her hometown. She is excited and grateful to work with the students and community
members who make up the Newman Center and share her faith and offer support and assistance. When
not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, working on home improvement projects,
traveling with her husband especially to Walt Disney World and spoiling her two cats.


John Lalande


John Lalande II is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, with a BA in German (cum laude), and Penn State, with an M.A. & PhD in German. At the end of 2018, he retired from his position as Professor and Chair Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at SUNY Oswego. John serves at the Hall Newman Center as Permanent Deacon and, “your prayer partner (whether you know it or not).” What John most loves about the Hall Newman Center is the faith community, 24/7 access to the Eucharistic Chapel, music ministry, liturgies, its willingness to appreciate and encourage other people to use their talents, feeling the presence of whom we are named after: the Holy Spirit! “I love teaching the language and culture of German-speaking countries. Also love family & friends, dogs, poetry, nature, all kinds of music (yes, even rap), the Yankees and honesty.”


A special thank you to our Office Assistant, Martha Perrin, and Custodian, Larry Vanhorn.


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