Chaplains

The chaplains at the Catholic Center have as their particular task to supply the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Catholic students at NYU. They also seek to witness to the Catholic Church's presence in the wider society of New York City. The mission is accomplished first of all through celebrating the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Confession, with and for the NYU community. In addition to the Sacramental life, the chaplains seek to make the Catholic Faith better known and more deeply understood. The chaplains also guide the activities of the various Catholic student groups on campus. In the end, they serve the needs of any and all who wish to know more about God and the Catholic Church.

Our two chaplains—Father Allan White and Father Sebastian White—are Dominican friars. Father Allan served at the chaplaincy at NYU since the fall of 2012, and Father Sebastian has served since the fall of 2014.



Father Allan White, 
O.P., S.T.L., M.A., B.D., Ph.D.
Chaplain & Director

Father Allan was born in London and, after studies at Oxford University, he joined the Dominican Order in 1973 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. After studies in philosophy and theology he completed a Ph.D. in sixteenth-century history at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His time in the Order has been mostly spent in university ministry and teaching in Oxford, Cambridge, London and Edinburgh, as well as in administration. He served as senior chaplain at the University of Edinburgh and was associate chaplain at Oxford before being invited to senior chaplaincy at the University of Cambridge. He was elected Prior Provincial of the English Dominican Friars in 2000 and served in that capacity for eight years before going to Rome as an assistant to the Master of the Dominican Order. Father Allan came to the United States in 2011 and was asked to accept the post as Director of the Catholic Center at NYU. He is happy to be returning to pastoral ministry with university students and looks forward to making his home among students once again.

For Fr. Allan White's vocation story, click here.






Father Sebastian White, O.P., S.T.L.
Associate Chaplain 

Fr. Sebastian grew up in Maine and went to college in Massachusetts. After college, he lived and studied for four years in Austria at the International Theological Institute. During his time there he met the Order of Preachers in Vienna. In 2008, he entered the novitiate for the province of St. Joseph and was ordained a priest in 2014.  He is very happy to be in New York and be working at the Catholic Center at NYU.