Campus Ministry News

Father Simpson Becomes Chaplain Full Time 

Father Ryan is pleased to announce that Colleen Maxson has been named the school’s Interim Director of Campus Ministry and Student Life.
Mrs. Maxson came to Father Ryan last year as a member of the school’s Theology department and has been active in the implementation of Campus Ministry programs.  She succeeds Elizabeth Elfers, who had served as Dean of Campus Ministry and Student Life since 2015 and stepped down this year to raise her young children. 
“Our Campus Ministry programs are core aspects of the Father Ryan experience,” President Jim McIntyre said, “and Colleen’s commitment to and involvement in these programs have already made a difference for our students as well as our community service partners.  I look forward to her insights and presence in this new role.”
Principal Paul Davis '81 commented on Mrs. Maxson’s immediate impact. “Colleen has had a significant impact on our community in her first year,” he said. “She has an enthusiasm for this ministry and the ability to connect with the students.  I know she will build on Elizabeth’s exceptional work and enhance further the engagement of our students in serving this community,” Davis concluded.
Mrs. Maxson has more than 13 years of teaching experience.  She came to Father Ryan from Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she taught Theology to freshmen and sophomores and led retreats and mission trips for those classes.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theology, summa cum laude, from Gannon University in Erie.
Mrs. Maxson expressed her enthusiasm for this new responsibility.  “I have seen how vital the Campus Ministry programs are to this school, and I know that will only grow as our new House System begins this semester,” she said. “ I am humbled by this opportunity, and I look forward to working with all of Father Ryan’s students in continuing to form lives of excellence through this important program.”
Thank you for your leadership, Mrs. Maxson.
Father Mark Simpson to Serve as Chaplain Full-time
We have all enjoyed Father Mark's presence and his example this past year.  We are excited that his presence is expanding with the news that he will be our Chaplain full-time this school year.  Everyone at Father Ryan looks forward to more of Father's insights and inspiration.