University Ministry: Faith and Service

The Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry serves the spiritual needs of the entire University of Mary community.  We offer a broad range of programs designed to promote a vibrant spiritual life and a University-wide climate of discernment, engagement, and evangelization.

  • Liturgical celebrations anchor the life of learning in prayer and worship.
  • Educational events advance the dialogue between faith and reason.
  • Faith formation opportunities foster habits of lifelong discipleship.
  • Social justice projects put faith into action, nourishing a culture of servant leadership.

Grounded in the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values of the University of Mary, we strive to honor Christ, to share the riches of the Catholic tradition, to cultivate robust ecumenical and interfaith cooperation, and to nurture the spiritual and moral development of every member of the University community.

Religious Services Calendar

Father Robert P. Shea

Director of Catholic Studies
University Chaplain
[email protected]

  • BA, Political Science, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • BA & MA, Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • STB, Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University
  • STL, Moral Theology, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Father Robert Shea, is the Chaplain and Director of University Ministry at the University of Mary. Father Shea grew up one of eight children on the family farm outside of Hazelton, North Dakota.  He studied at the Franciscan University, Oxford University, and the North American College in Rome.  He has served in the Diocese of Bismarck as Associate Pastor at Saint Mary’s Parish for two years and as a religion instructor at St. Mary’s Central High School. He is currently a member of the University’s Bioethics Committee, and while at Mary, Father Shea continues to serve as Bishop David Kagan’s ethicist and moral theologian for healthcare in the Diocese of Bismarck.  

Edward R. Konieczka

Assistant Director of University Ministry
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BS, Organizational Leadership, University of Mary

Ed’s career in ministry began with two years of domestic and international service with the National Evangelization Teams (NET) based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Upon returning to his native Chicago, he served as the Director of the Retreat Organization of Catholic Kids (ROCK), a Chicago area retreat ministry. He has served as youth minister at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Fontana, Wisconsin and Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Bismarck, North Dakota. Among his many duties at Mary, he plays a leading role in organizing the annual Youth Rally for the Diocese of Bismarck and the University’s medical missions to Peru. In addition to the University of Mary, Ed has studied at the University of Illinois and the Augustine Institute. Ed and his wife Melanie enjoy partnering in ministry. They have six children. 

Dr. Rebecca L. Raber

Director of Chapel Choir and Schola
Assistant Professor of Music/Catholic Studies
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  • BA, Vocal/Instrumental Music Education, Jamestown College
  • BA, History/Political Science, Jamestown College
  • M, Choral Conducting, University of North Dakota
  • DMA in progress, Choral Conducting, North Dakota State University

Rebecca Raber has been a dedicated vocal and instrumental music educator for over twenty years, teaching students from kindergarten through university levels.  She has traveled extensively with her choirs throughout the United States, and has also directed students on a European tour.  Rebecca is an active composer, adjudicator and guest clinician, and is very active in the American Choral Director's Association, previously having served as State President, Webmaster, Chorister Editor, and Membership Chair.  Rebecca is currently in the DMA program for Choral Conducting at North Dakota State University.  The subject of her research is African American Spirituals, with a special interest in "escape/signal songs” and Gullah/Geechee culture.  She enjoys photography, travel, and spending time with husband, Michael, and their two dogs.

Father Anthony Baker, OSB

Assistant Chaplain

Father Anthony, a graduate of the University of Mary and Saint Meinrad School of Theology, is a Benedictine Monk of Assumption Abbey and works in the University’s Office of Public Affairs. Father Anthony serves on the Board of Camp ReCreation, a Christian summer camp for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he often hears confessions and offers Mass on campus.

Marianne R. Hofer

Event Coordinator for University Ministry
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  • BA, Mathematics and Philosophy, University of Mary

Marianne is the youngest of five children and grew up in the Black Hills of Rapid City, South Dakota. She studied Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Mary and began serving in University Ministry shortly after graduation in April of 2018.

Father Benedict Fischer, OSB

Assistant Chaplain
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Rachel Gerads
HomeCity: Brooklyn Park, MN
Majors: Mathematics & Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration
FavoriteBook: The Things They Carried
FavoriteScripture: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
FavoriteHobby: Drinking Coffee
FavoriteMovie: Monuments Men

Christina Hauge
HomeCity: Wichita, KS
Major: English & Catholic Studies
FavoriteBookA Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
FavoriteSaint: St. Therese of Lisieux
FavoriteHobby: Reading, Baking, Singing
FavoriteSong: “Miserere” by Gregorio Allegri

Abby Hill
HomeCity: Glendive, MT
Major: Exercise Science
FavoriteSaint: Saint Rose of Lima
FavoriteScripture: "He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30
FavoriteMovie: Hercules
InterestingFactaboutme: I'm always up for a game of Ping Pong

Lucy Horlander
HomeCity: Indianapolis, Indiana
Majors: English & Theology
Minor: Catholic Studies
FavoriteBook: Father Elijah by Michael O’Brien’s.
FavoriteScripture: Mark 5 (Jairus’ daughter and the hemorrhaging woman) and 1 Peter 2:3 – “For you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”
FavoriteHobby: playing the guitar/writing music and laughing at my awful 9-square skills!

McKaylee Klamm
HomeCity: Crookston MN
Major: Early Childhood Education
FavoriteBook: Delivered
FavoriteSaint: St. Therese of Lisieux
FavoriteHobby: Camping
FavoriteMovie: The Greatest Showman

Chris Kraft
HomeCity: Bismarck, ND
Major: Psychology & Theology
FavoriteBook: Augustine’s Confessions
FavoriteSaint: Our Lady
FavoriteHobby: Playing cards or going for a drive 
Favoritesong: “Salt and Light” by Lauren Daigle

Zoe Krauskopf
HomeCity: Louisville, Kentucky
Major: Social Work
Minor: Catechesis and the New Evangelization 
FavoriteSaint: "Tony" of Padua
FavoriteHobby: Writing
FavoriteMovie: Les Miserables

Michael Leahy
HomeCity: Wyoming, MN
Major: Psychology
Minor: Theology
FavoriteBook: The Dresden Files
FavoriteSaint: Saint Thérèse of Liseux
FavoriteSong: "Great Divide" by Magic Giant
Interestingfactaboutyou: I own a food truck with my family and travel to different fairs and events around the midwest for it.

Isaac Popp
HomeCity: Becker, Minnesota
Majors: Psychology & Theology
FavoriteBook: The Imitation of Christ
FavoriteSaint: St. John Paul II
FavoriteHobby: Hiking, basically anything outdoors
FavoriteMovie: The King's Speech

Josh Reiner
HomeCity: Bismarck, ND
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Catholic Studies
FavoriteSaint: St. Augustine
FavoriteScripture: Luke 15 (The Prodigal Son)
FavoriteHobby: Weightlifting and Photography/Videography
Interestingfactaboutyou: I converted to Catholicism Spring 2018.

Monique Ritter
HomeCity: Normandy Park, Washington
Major: Psychology
Minor: Theology
FavoriteBook: The Secret Life of Bees
FavoriteSaint: St Maximilian Kolbe
FavoriteHobby: Photography and hiking
Interestingfactaboutyou: My family keeps bees and we harvest honey every year.

Kolbe Schanzenbach
HomeCity: Vista, CA
Majors: Music Education & Math Education
FavoriteSaint: St. Maximilian Kolbe
FavoriteHobby: Beatboxing 
FavoriteMovie: Tarzan
FavoriteSong: “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Maher

Anne Storick
HomeCity: Bismarck, ND
Major: Sacred Music & Theology
Minor: Liturgy
FavoriteSaints: St. Philip Neri & St. Therese
FavoriteScripture: Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, do it with all your heart."
FavoriteHobby: Reading, running, and anything outdoors
FavoriteSong: Gravity by Platon Emil

Dominic Streeter
HomeCity: Chanhassen, MN
Majors: Computer Information Systems & Information Technology Management
FavoriteBook: Lord of the Rings
FavoriteSaint: St. Paul
FavoriteHobby: Golfing
Favoritesong: “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe

Maranda Vannett
HomeCity: Carver, MN
Major: Music with an emphasis in Sacred Music
FavoriteBook: Little House on the Prairie series
FavoriteScripture: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
FavoriteHobby: Making coffee
FavoriteMovie: Princess Diaries 2


Jordan Wilkins
HomeCity: Great Falls, Montana
Major: Biology Education/Theology
FavoriteSaint: St. Therese of Lisieux
FavoriteScripture: "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).
FavoriteHobby: Fishing
FavoriteMovie: Remember the Titans

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