Dee holds master’s degrees in religious education from Marywood College and Christian spirituality from Creighton University. She completed her Associate’s Degree in Office Administration at Ivy Tech. She began volunteering for the church 2007 and became a staff member in January of 2010. Father Tom became our pastor on July 1, 2020. Please let her know how she can be of assistance to you! Dan enjoys golfing and is always looking for someone to accompany him on an outing. Father Chris grew up in Whiting, Indiana, and was ordained a Dominican priest in 2005. While in New York, he also served part-time in the Catholic Campus Ministry at Columbia University. Dr. Thomas Ryba is the Notre Dame Theologian-in-Residence at St. Tom’s and a continuing lecturer in philosophy and religious studies at Purdue. Fr. St. Thomas Aquinas College has been ranked among the Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 2021 along with ranking in the top tier for Social Mobility. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE ATHLETICS 125 Route 340 Sparkill, NY 10976 Title. Dr. Ryba completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy and anthropology and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in the history and literature of religions from Northwestern University. Father Chris is an alumnus of The Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Department of Nursing and The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. Website by C7 Agency. Or if you prefer, you may contact us using our online Contact Form. LSA Level 1B. Brent was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine. He entered the Order of Preachers in 2012 and made his first profession of vows in 2013. John has worked at various schools around the Lafayette area prior to joining St. Tom’s initially as its director of religious education and youth ministry. He is deeply indebted to his parents, grandparents, and teachers for his education at Gregory the Great Academy, Christendom College and Divine Mercy University where he studied history, philosophy, theology, and ultimately earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. 535 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 John was born and raised in Lafayette and graduated from Lafayette Central Catholic in 2008. Dear God, through the intercession of St. Thomas Aquinas, grant us a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, the wisdom to find you and the hope of embracing you. His novitiate year was in Denver, and his studentate years were spent in Dubuque, IA, and St. Louis, MO, where he was ordained in 1983. Foundation Stage 1. A member of the editorial board of Religion since 1991, he was North American Editor of from 2004-2007. We ask this through Christ our Lord. She team-teaches Break Open the Word during the Liturgy of the Word at 9:00 a.m. Mass with the second-grade students preparing for First Eucharist. Martin Schap was raised in downtown Lafayette, where he still lives with his beautiful wife and four (soon to be five) beautiful daughters. Fax: (765) 743-0426, © 2020 St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center Growing up in northeastern Nebraska and after graduating from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, he entered the Dominicans in 1977. He then attended Aquinas Institute of Theology, earning a MA in Theology and a Master of Divinity. Name. Dee Bernhardt joined St. Tom’s staff in August 2012. She serves St. Tom’s as the Development Assistant and Administrative Assistant. Tune in to STAC Chats. John and his wife Katheryne recently welcomed their first son Dominic to the world. Giving Scrips Register Contact Parish Staff. He previously served as an associate pastor at St. Tom’s from 2010 to 2013 and then as director of the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great, Central Province of the United States. Closed once a month Thurs 10:30-12 for staff meeting. They are thankful to be members of the St. Tom’s community and feel deep gratitude to the Dominicans and fellow parishioners who have accompanied them and positively impacted their lives in countless ways. Foundation Stage 1. I am Julie Frink and I joined the staff of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School as a third-grade teacher in July of 2016. She is a graduate of both Purdue University and the IU McKinney School of Law and has spent her full career working in higher education marketing communications at three Indiana institutions. Prior to St. Tom’s, Dee coordinated campus ministry in many settings, including an urban, commuter cluster, several mid-sized state colleges with Newman Centers, a residential Catholic college, an ecumenical center, and a university parish. Father Mike rejoined St. Tom’s as an associate pastor in July 2020. Dr. Ryba was the recipient of a Templeton Foundation grant in 1999 for his course “Homologies and Heterologies in the Development of Theology and Science,” and in 2006 received a Metanexus Foundation Grant to found a society for Science and Religion dialogue at Purdue University.