Director of Campus Ministry Mary Sue Callan-Farley has been at Marquette since 2012 and works with students daily in hall ministry, the affiliated ministries and advises Midnight Run. When she isn’t working, Mary Sue’s favorite hobby is repurposing and refinishing furniture and going out for a nice meal at La Reve in Wawautosa and BKC in Story Hill. And when she can, she loves to sit down and read her favorite book: “My Antonia” by Willa Cather.
Since 2019, Sameer Ali is the Muslim chaplain and provides spiritual and emotional support to students as well as education to the Marquette community about the practice of faith on campus. When off campus, Sameer enjoys reading and fishing as well as indulging in a meal at Syrian restaurant Damascus Gate — and possibly getting a cannoli from Glorioso’s for dessert.
Marquette Alumnus Steve Blaha has worked at Marquette since 2007. Steve coordinates Camino groups, directs Ignite and helps students discern membership in the Catholic Church. When he isn’t working or spending time in the Central Mall, Steve loves to be outdoors camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing and swimming — and possibly enjoying a Cheerio Bar what he champions as “the most bestest dessert on Earth.”
Bernardo Borunda loves to make memories with students and his coworkers. Aside from his role as a hall minister in the University Apartments, 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.
Gospel Choir Director Debbie Duff arrived on campus in March 2020 and joined Campus Ministry in November 2021. Duff loves spending her free time in Coughlin Hall and when the season is right, enjoys watching Christmas movies while eating her favorite dessert: lemon cake.
Fr. Grant Garinger, S.J. is the liturgical coordinator in Campus Ministry and joined the Marquette community in 2003. In addition, Fr. Garinger is a spiritual advisor, confessor and a campus priest. In his free time, he loves watching movies — like “Meet Joe Black” — and sitting on the 5th floor balcony of the Jesuit Residence reading “Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice.
Sara Knutson is one of Campus Ministry’s assistant directors and primarily directs all the retreats through Campus Ministry. From Holy Hill Basilica to Silent Directed Retreats in Oshkosh, Sara is traveling all over Wisconsin to provide meaningful experiences for students. When she isn’t working, Sara likes to read a good book — particularly “A Prayer for Owen Meany” and “A Separate Peace” — or getting dinner at Odd Duck in Milwaukee.
Andrew Mountin was hired in 2022 as the assistant director of campus ministry for liturgical music, returning to his alma mater after earning his master’s degree in 2015. Andrew was deeply involved in Campus Ministry during his time as a student and could often be studying outside of Campus Ministry in the Narthex. When he isn’t working Andrew can be found watching “Miracle” and snacking on chocolate chip cookie dough frozen custard.
Fr. Nathaniel Romano, S.J. joined the Campus Ministry team in 2022 nearly 20 years after he graduated from the university. Fr. Romano is the new assistant director of liturgical programs and is an adjunct professor at Marquette Law School. While he was undergrad, Fr. Romano could’ve been found studying in any quiet corner of the library — likely with his favorite slice of pepperoni pizza.
Fr. Phil Sutherland, S.J. is a doctoral student in philosophy and has been at Marquette since 2017 and coordinates Campus Ministry’s Soup with Substance programming. When not on a campus, Fr. Sutherland can be found at Kopp’s enjoying a burger and ice cream listening to either political news or true crime podcasts. When relaxing at home, Fr. Sutherland likes to watch 90s sitcoms.
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