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.

Father Dominic F. Bouck

Director of University Ministry
University Chaplain
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  • BA, Philosophy, Catholic Studies, and Classical Languages, University of St. Thomas
  • STB, Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University

Fr. Dominic Bouck is the Chaplain and Director of University Ministry at the University of Mary. Fr. Bouck is the youngest of seven children, originally from Dickinson, North Dakota. After graduating from Trinity High School, Fr. Bouck entered the seminary for the Diocese of Bismarck, studying at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduation, Father Bouck spent four years in formation with the Dominicans, completing the novitiate year and then making temporary vows for a period of three years. During that time, he pursued graduate studies, engaged in pastoral work at George Washington University and an inner-city parish in Washington, and spent a summer in Manhattan as an intern and writer for the journal First Things.

At the expiration of his temporary vows, he resumed formation as a seminarian for the Diocese of Bismarck in 2016 and was sent to the North American College in Rome, where he studied at the Gregorian University and served as a chaplain at Regina Coeli Prison.
Since his ordination, Father Bouck has served here in Bismarck as Chaplain and Instructor for Saint Mary’s Central High School and as assistant pastor of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. As part of his assignment at the University of Mary, the Bishop has also appointed him Assistant Director of Vocations.

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 Cappella
MA in Music Program Director
Assistant Professor of Music
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  • BA, Vocal/Instrumental Music Education, Jamestown College
  • BA, History/Political Science, Jamestown College
  • MM, Choral Conducting, University of North Dakota
  • DMA, Choral Conducting, North Dakota State University

Rebecca Raber has been a dedicated vocal and instrumental music educator for 27 years to students ranging from kindergarten to university, leading performance tours across the United States and internationally.
Dr. Raber is very active in the American Choral Director's Association, previously having served as State President, Repertoire Chair for Male Choirs, and Membership Chair, in addition to being the mwebmaster for the award-winning NDACDA website since 2009. She has also proudly served as editor/publisher of the NDACDA professional journal (The Chorister), pioneering an online format for the organization. Dr. Raber has researched spirituals extensively in her academic studies and is a co-founder of the Prairie Jubilee Singers, a choral ensemble dedicated to building community through singing spirituals.
Dr. Raber is the conductor of Cappella, the new University of Mary Chapel Choir, which specializes in sacred music for campus liturgies. She is the Program Director for the new Master of Arts in Music degree, a Catholic Studies Fellow, and teaches undergraduate and graduate music courses. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their three dogs: Murphy, Dot, and Radar. Other interests include photography (, college hockey, travel, and graphic design.

Father Anthony Baker, OSB

Assistant Chaplain
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Father Anthony, a graduate of the University of Mary and Saint Meinrad School of Theology, is a Benedictine Monk of Assumption Abbey, and a former member of the Board of Camp ReCreation (a Christian summer camp for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities). Father Anthony, who is currently the Chaplain for the Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, assists University Ministries, where he often hears confessions, offers spiritual direction, and presides at daily Mass on campus when needed.

Marianne R. Hofer

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

Marianne is the youngest of five children and grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. She studied Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Mary and began serving in University Ministry in May of 2018. She is in formation with the Benedictine Oblates of Mary, a religious community of women serving the intellectual apostolate. Marianne assists the chaplain and helps to coordinate the signature events of University Ministry including Prayer Day, March for Life, Vocations Jamboree, and campus liturgies.

Neil Francis Albana

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Theology
Minor: New Evangelization
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking and rock climbing
Favorite Book: He Leadeth Me by Walter Ciszek, SJ
Favorite Saint: St. Joseph
Favorite Scripture Passage: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” Romans 8:26

Bryn Anderson

Hometown: Great Falls, Montana
Major: Psychology
Minor: Catholic Studies
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Gardening
Favorite Book: No Greater Love by Edward Sri
Favorite Saint: St. Teresa of Calcutta
Favorite Scripture Passage: “For it was you who created my being, knit me together in my mother’s womb. I thank you for the wonder of my being, for the wonders of all your creation. Already you knew my soul, my body held no secret from you when I was being fashioned in secret and molded in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw all my actions, they were all of them written in your book; every one of my days was decreed before one of them came into being. To me, how mysterious your thoughts, the sum of them not to be numbered!” Psalm 139:13-17

Kali Askvig

Hometown: Minot, North Dakota
Major: Business Administration and Marketing
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Playing tennis
Favorite Book:Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
Favorite Saint: St. Sebastian
Favorite Scripture Passage: “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Rebekah Born

Hometown: Stafford, Virginia
Major: Music
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking
Favorite Book:Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Favorite Saint: St. Maximilian Kolbe
Favorite Scripture Passage: “He took me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Song of Songs 2:4

John Brickweg

Hometown: Burnsville, Minnesota
Major: Communications Media and Production
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Any sport played with friends
Favorite Book:Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Favorite Saint: St. Francis of Assisi

Luke Bumstead

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois
Major: Business Administration
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking
Favorite Book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite Saint: St. Joseph
Favorite Scripture Passage: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Mara Dalton

Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Major: Civil Engineering
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking and wading in streams
Favorite Book: The Story of a Soul by St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Favorite Saint: St. Teresa of Calcutta
Favorite Scripture Passage: “But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ Saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.” John 20:11-18

Clare Dalton

Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Major: Music and pre Occupational Therapy
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Skiing, ice-skating, and hiking
Favorite Book:A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
Favorite Saint: St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Joseph
Favorite Scripture Passage: “Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Jacob Gartner

Hometown: Glen Ullin, North Dakota
Major: Business Administration and Catholic Studies
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking, hunting, and kayaking
Favorite Book:The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite Saint: Pope St. John Paul II
Favorite Scripture Passage: “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Olivia Gronos

Hometown: Watford City, North Dakota
Major: Elementary and Special Education
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking, going to the lake, and gathering around a bonfire
Favorite Book:Rediscover the Saints by Matthew Kelly
Favorite Saint: Pope St. John Paul II and St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Favorite Scripture Passage: “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1-5

Cassandra Johnson

Hometown: Moorhead, Minnesota
Major: Psychology
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Golfing
Favorite Book:The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Favorite Saint: St. John Paul II
Favorite Scripture Passage: “So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory. For your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise. So I will bless you all my life, in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:2-4

Juliana Karels

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota
Major: Accounting
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Swimming or reading on the beach
Favorite Book: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
Favorite Saint: St. Philomena
Favorite Scripture Passage: "The things that we suffer in this present time are nothing in comparison with the great glory destined to be disclosed for us." Romans 8:18

Zoe Krauskopf

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Major: Social Work
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Walking at sunset
Favorite Book:Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Favorite Saint: St. Anthony of Padua
Favorite Scripture Passage: "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:25-26

Brendan Plunkett

Hometown: Metro Detroit, Michigan
Major: Respiratory Therapy
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Soccer
Favorite Book:Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Favorite Saint: St. Francis of Assisi
Favorite Scripture Passage: “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Mary Timmons

Hometown: Danville, Illinois
Major: Psychology and Criminal Justice
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Beach volleyball, ATV-ing, and nature walks
Favorite Book:Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Favorite Saint: St. Damien of Molokai
Favorite Scripture Passage: “I came to cast fire on the earth; and would that it were already kindled!” Luke 12:49