Fr. Mark Mossa, S.J. has spent most of his ministry career—as a Jesuit, and before—in ministry with youth and young adults. Most recently, he served as Director of Campus Ministry at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. In addition to his priestly ministry, he also moonlights as a teacher, writer, and pop culture aficionado. He enjoys conversation about everything from theology, philosophy and history to sports and Stranger Things. He is as passionate about finding God in all things, as he is about helping others to let God find them in their everyday life. Having spent most of his life in the northeast and southern United States, he is excited about the new challenges and opportunities of life and ministry in the upper Midwest, Michigan football and making a home for himself, and the Catholic students at St. Mary.
Fr. Joe Wagner, SJ, was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, an only child and a spoiled only grandchild. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics from MIT. Following a Master’s in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1988. Always a bit slow, he needed more schooling, so he completed his theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley, and remained in the Bay Area to complete a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at the University of California, Berkeley.
In the middle of those years, he was ordained a priest in 1998. After thirteen years on the Mathematics faculty at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, he decided he had his fill of academia and wanted pastoral ministry to be a bigger part of his life. In 2016 he arrived at St. Mary Student Parish where he has happily found a new home.
I am so excited to be part of the St. Mary’s community! Originally from St. Louis, MO (let’s go Blues!) I studied Non Profit Leadership Studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. Most recently, I’m coming to you all from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont as the Assistant Director of Volunteer Services in Campus Ministry. At Saint Michael’s, I had the opportunity to engage with students through a faith in action framework. What I love most about my work is the ability to cultivate relationships in trust, vulnerability, and self-reflection.
Because we’re all human, and not just our “work-selves,” here are a few scattered fun facts: I’m a yoga novice, avid knitter, wife, human-mom, and dog-mom. I enjoy hiking and spending time with family. Two of my favorite TV shows are Parks and Recreation and Jane the Virgin. Thanks for getting to know me a bit! Please come find me, so I can get to do the same.
Lanette Mele joined the St. Mary’s staff in July of 2001 in the role of Office Manager. Her organization skills and ability to see the big picture are what helps to keep things running smoothly. She recently added the role of Staff Assistant for Liturgy and is enjoying new challenges in that role. She and her husband, Tony, live in Whitmore Lake and love spending their free time with their extended families.
Carol Konczal joined SMSP in January 2007. A self proclaimed jack-of-all-trades, her role as administrative assistant/receptionist is a great position for her because there’s never a dull moment! A native Michigander and cradle Catholic, Carol left both for several years and decided to “come back home” after exploring new things. She and her husband Jeff have two adult children.
Susan Maulbetsch’s warm personality and passion for hospitality truly welcome our parishioners at SMSP. In her role, Susan organizes and executes event menus, designs welcome banners, and has grown our Sunday Mass and semester welcome teams. Often, she is a welcoming presence herself right at our church doors.