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.

Holy Week Retreat

In the final days of Lent, amidst the outbreak of a global pandemic, Monsignor James P. Shea called us to deeper Faith in a seven-part series, From Shadows into the Light: Gaining the Eyes of Faith.


Father Robert P. Shea

Director of University Ministry
University Chaplain
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  • 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
  • MM, 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 Directors’ 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
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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

Marianne is the youngest of five children and grew up in the Black Hills near Rapid City, South Dakota. She studied Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Mary and began serving in University Ministry in May of 2018. Marianne helps to coordinate the signature events of University Ministry including Prayer Day, March for Life, and Vocations Jamboree, as well as campus liturgies.

Joseph Audi
Home City: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Major(s): Accounting
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Sports
Favorite Book: The Screw Tape Letters, C.S. Lewis
Favorite Saint: Mary

Luke Billing
Home City: Westmont, Illinois
Major(s): Business Administration 
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Exploring 
Favorite Book: The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite Saint: Saint Antony of the Desert

Rebekah Born 
Home City: Stafford, Virginia
Major(s): Music Education
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking and sunset-watching
Favorite Book: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte and The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Favorite Saint: Saint Maximilian Kolbe

John Brickweg

Home City: Burnsville, MN
Major(s): Media & Production
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Any sport played with friends.
Favorite Book: The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky 
Favorite Saint: Saint Francis of Assisi

Allison Fitzgerald
Home City: Scottsdale, AZ
Major(s): English and Catholic Studies
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Mowing the lawn
Favorite Book: Telling the Truth, Frederick Buechner
Favorite Saint: Saint Martha

Jacob Gartner
Home City: Glen Ullin, North Dakota
Major(s): Business Administration
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking and Frisbee
Favorite Book: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite Saint: Saint John Paul II

Rachel Gerads

Home City: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Major(s): Mathematics and Philosophy
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Swimming
Favorite Book: The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
Favorite Saint: Saint Bernadette

Kelsey Green
Home City: Ham Lake, Minnesota
Major(s): Theology
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking or any sports
Favorite Book: The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis
Favorite Saint: Saint Joseph

Abby Hill

Home City: Glendive, MT
Major(s): Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Playing Spikeball
Favorite Book: Searching For and Maintaining Peace, Jacques Philippe
Favorite Saint: Saint Rose of Lima

Courtney Jacobson
Home City: Kansas City, Kansas
Major(s): Music
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Kayaking
Favorite Book: Story of a Soul, St. Therese of Lisieux
Favorite Saint: Saint Benedict of Nursia

Jacob Koepke
Home City: Freedom, WI
Major(s): Communication Sciences and Disorders
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Ice Skating
Favorite Book: The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Favorite Saint: Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Zoe Krauskopf

Home City: Louisville, Kentucky
Major(s): Social work
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Wasting time
Favorite Book: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes’s Nutter, Witch
Favorite Saint: Saint Anthony of Padua

Stephanie Otremba
Home City: Sartell, Minnesota
Major(s): Music Education
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Anything out on a lake!
Favorite Book: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Favorite Saint: Saint Cecelia

Isaac Popp
Home City: Becker, Minnesota
Major(s): Psychology
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking and Kayaking
Favorite Book: Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
Favorite Saint: Saint John Paul II

Monique Ritter
Home City: Seattle, Washington
Major(s): Psychology
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Sailing and Hiking
Favorite Book: The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
Favorite Saint: Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Morgan Holubets
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Carley Moisio
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Christopher Bordiuk Jr 
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Ross Schultz 
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Evan Kranda 
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Courtney Gladitsch
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Courtney Jerome 
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