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Meet the Chaplains Staff

Dedicated to providing programs aimed at improving the spiritual, ethical and social aspects of life at The Claremont Colleges.

Father Joe Fenton
Catholic Chaplain | Email

After attending seminary at the Catholic University of America, he received M.A. in journalism and public affairs from the American University, Washington, D.C. and a Ph.D. in history and theology from the Catholic University of America. He has produced radio and television programs and documentaries for American and British networks and has served as the American Catholic Bishops liaison with ABC, NBC News and CBS-TV. He recently served as director of media relations for the Diocese of Orange County, CA.


Rabbi Danny Shapiro
Jewish Chaplain | Email

Rabbi Danny Shapiro received his MA and rabbinic ordination in May 2016 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and in addition has studied four years of full-time Jewish learning between the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Yeshivat Hadar in New York, and the University of Haifa in Israel. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University. He previously served as the Summer Program Coordinator at the Conservative Yeshiva and as Rabbinic Intern at Temple Judea in Tarzana, CA.


Imam Adeel Zeb
Muslim Chaplain | Email

Adeel J. Zeb is a university chaplain, interfaith scholar, and TEDx speaker. He recently served as the 1st Muslim and 1st South-Asian president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. Zeb has worked as a Muslim chaplain at 11 colleges and universities across the United States and currently resides in the Greater Los Angeles area at The Claremont Colleges. He has given spoken at Capitol Hill, the State Department, President Obama’s Interfaith Summit, and the Sultanate of Oman and various faith-based centers and colleges globally. He was profiled by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed over a 10-year span and has written for the Huffington Post, Washington Post, and Temple University’s Journal for Ecumenical Studies. He has also provided diversity consulting for the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. He has completed the prestigious fellowship for the Study of Auschwitz and Preventive Ethics. Zeb has certifications in conflict management, interfaith conflict management, and mediation from the United States Institute for Peace. He is also an adjunct faculty professor at Hartford Seminary teaching on university chaplaincy. His Master’s paper was entitled “Minority Faiths on Campus: Muslim-Jewish College Chaplaincy: Past, Present and Future”.  He has led interfaith and faith specific service trips internationally. He served as a two-time U.S. Congressional staffer. He holds degrees and certifications from Baylor University in business administration and Arees University in traditional Islamic studies, a master’s degree in Islamic chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary studying with Dr. Ingrid Mattson, and is certified in tajweed and Qur’anic recitation from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. He was nominated for the “Peace Prize” for the El-Hibri Foundation and was awarded the Distinguished Fellow award from the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).

He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Urdu and has a working fluency in Spanish, Modern Standard and Qur’anic Arabic.

Focused Areas of Specializations:

American Islam
Spiritual Counseling
Muslim Youth Development
Interfaith Relations


Socorro Chavez
Administrative Assistant | Email