Garret Condon (MA 1987), is associate chaplain for Buddhist life at Trinity College and co-coordinator of the Trinity Zen Group. He helped found the group in 1997. He is a longtime member of the New Haven Zen Center. He became a Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen in 1997. He is Director of System Communications at Hartford HealthCare, A graduate of Providence College, he has an M.A. Trinity College and an MPH from UConn. He and his wife live in West Hartford.
John Elias, is associate chaplain for Buddhist life at Trinity College and co-coordinator of the Trinity Zen Group. He helped found the group in 1997. He is a longtime member of the New Haven Zen Center and became a Dharma Teacher in 2004. John, a Duke University graduate and Vietnam War veteran, is a retired computer engineer. He and his wife live in Plainville.
NEW HAVEN ZEN CENTER (CO-SPONSOR OF TRINITY ZEN)
Jok Um Zen Master (Ken Kessel), Guiding Teacher of the New Haven Zen Center, received inka in April 1996 and received Dharma transmission (became a Zen Master) in April, 2016. He has studied with Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1975. He has an MSW degree and has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 1983. He lives in New York. He has been leading retreats at Trinity College for several years.
Paul Bloom is a Senior Dharma Teacher at the New Haven Zen Center. Paul has practiced meditation since 1975. In 1994, Zen Master Seung Sahn authorized him as a Senior Dharma Teacher. Paul, who lives in New Haven with his wife, Millie Grenough, a life coach, author and motivational expert. graduated from Brandeis and Yale and is the principal of the furniture and interior design firm Bloom Design LLC. He is a poet, musician, photographer.
TRINITY COLLEGE CHAPEL (CO-SPONSOR OF TRINITY ZEN)
The Reverend Allison Read, Trinity College Chaplain, oversees all spiritual and religious programs at Trinity, supporting the wide breadth of faith tradition that make up Trinity’s Spiritual and Religious Life Team. She has been a strong supporter of the Trinity Zen Group. Chaplain Read is an Episcopal priest, ordained in the diocese of New York in 2003. She served as a Lilly Fellow at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Manhattan and as Assistant Rector and Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church in Short Hills, New Jersey, before coming to Trinity College in January 2008. She earned a master’s of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and holds a diploma in Anglican Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, a master’s in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a bachelor’s from the University of Virginia. She is Trinity’s eighth chaplain and the second woman to serve in that capacity.