Hall ministers live in each of Marquette's residence halls to provide pastoral care and presence to all staff and residents of the building. In collaboration with the hall staff, the hall minister is charged with helping form a residential community that expresses the university's Catholic, Jesuit character, support residents' spiritual health, and accompany students dealing with stress, illness, loss, loneliness, emotional health, and relationship dynamics.
Ethan Vander Leek
Ethan Vander Leek loves Marquette’s campus and how embedded it is in the Milwaukee landscape. Ethan adores history, literature and has a special affinity for Café Benelux in the Third Ward. Learn more about Ethan Vander Leek by reading his Q&A here!
Campus Town West
Bernardo Ávila-Borunda loves to make memories with students and his coworkers. Aside from his role as an apartment minister at Campus Town West, Bernardo also works in Campus Ministry connecting with students every day to further their faith. When he isn’t working, Bernardo keeps himself busy with his many hobbies, including arts and crafts. Learn more about Bernardo by reading his full Q&A here!
Luke Beavers loves music. He loves it so much that after spending years jamming to his favorite bands, he decided he major in it when he was an undergraduate. Luke's calling in life is education, but is excited to extend his passion to young people in pursuit of a the Good Life. Learn more about Luke by reading his Q&A here!
Pablo Cardenal is new to campus and is the newest member of both the Campus Ministry and Hall Ministry teams. Pablo has a passion for student affairs and leadership in higher education, but really wants to follow his passion of meeting and helping students. If Pablo isn’t in his office he is likely grabbing a bite to eat at AJ Bombers — his early go-to restaurant in Milwaukee — or indulging in his favorite hobby, drawing, outside the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin behind St. Joan of Arc Chapel.
Samantha Scott graduated from Marquette with a Bachelor of Arts in theology in 2011, and she decided to pay back the goodwill she received on campus by returning to be a hall minister as she pursues her Ph.D. After being the hall minister in Abbottsford for the last four years, Samantha is ready to get to know her new community in Eckstein Tower. Learn more about Samantha by reading her full Q&A here!
David Burnett has been a hall minister in Humphrey Hall for years — so long that his apartment contains his personal library containing over 3,000 books! When he isn’t on campus, David enjoys finding a quaint coffee shop to enjoy the atmosphere and get some work done. Learn more about David by reading his full Q&A here!
Peter Battaglia has learned to love Milwaukee for the bustling, yet quiet city it is. “The best city in the Midwest” — in his words — holds a special place in his heart. When he isn’t working on his Ph.D. dissertation, Peter can be found enjoying a piece of tres leches cake at C-Viche. Learn more about Peter by reading his full Q&A here!
Grainne graduated from Marquette’s College of Nursing in 2019 and became a hall minister for the same reason she chose her career — because she loves accompanying people through their emotional and spiritual concerns. In her free time, you can find her reading “He Leadeth Me” by Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J. at either the Marian Grotto behind St. Joan of Arc Chapel or at Café Benelux, enjoying a slice of Key Lime Pie.
Megan Heeder is the hall minister for Straz Tower and loves to bake — and share with others! Megan is currently working on her dissertation and will be teaching Introduction to Theology. When she isn’t working, she loves horseback riding. Learn more about Megan by reading her Q&A here!
Fr. Michael Maher, S.J.
Rev. Michael Maher, S.J., has a lot of experience in academia and living in residence halls — his first was Marquette’s Mashuda Hall in 1988. Marquette holds a special place in his heart as his parents fell in love here. When he isn’t walking campus remembering the history of the Jesuits at Marquette, Father Maher likes to get his breakfast at Michael’s on Wisconsin Avenue. Learn more about Father Maher by reading his full Q&A here!