Hey! My name is Rich Girardin and I've been one of the campus ministers here at VCU since May of 2017. I started doing campus ministry because I first encountered Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church during my time in college and I want to help others have that same experience! I play guitar and write music and rock climb. I really like to read thought-provoking literature and my favorite book is The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. My wife and I love to make up recipes and watch Planet Earth.
Phone: (804) 212-3903
(804) 359- 5651 Ext. 113
Fr. Tony Marques, Rector of the Cathedral
I have been a priest for 14 years and am excited to be the new rector of the cathedral. My hope is that each student would experience the love of God signified by the title of the beautiful church next door: the Sacred Heart of Jesus. My previous assignments have been at Blessed Sacrament parish and James Madison University, Harrisonburg; St. Timothy’s, Tappahannock; Sacred Heart, Danville; and St. Benedict’s, Richmond. I like being outdoors (hiking especially), running, and reading (mostly history). I enjoy a strong cup of coffee and am a devoted Bruce Springsteen fan.