Newman Center Staff

Rev. Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher

Rev. Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher

Director/Campus Minister

FATHER PAT is the Director and Campus Minister for the Newman Center. He has served as a Campus Minister for over 30 years and been at UB for more than 20! One of the most familiar faces at UB, he can be found in many places on campus: anatomy lab, the Union, sports events, lectures, and the Baldy walkway! He spends lots of time talking to all kinds of members of the UB family as well as leading the Newman Center and ministering to the Newman Center Community. As he often says… “Call anytime!”

Debbie Brown

Debbie Brown

Pastoral Associate

Debbie has been active in music ministry, Religious Education, Pre-Cana, RCIA, and was Chair of the Chicken BBQ at St. Mary’s in Gasport for several years. While working as the Director of Religious Education there, she began attending Christ the King Seminary and completed a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. Debbie then worked for the Diocese of Buffalo as the Associate DRE for two years, and has spent the last 10 years as the Director of Spiritual Life at St. John the Baptist in Lockport. She is an elected trustee on the Royalton Hartland School Board, a member of the Diocesan Journey in Faith and Grace commission, and is currently a new member of the Royalton Community Library Board of Directors.

Tom Catanzaro

Tom Catanzaro

Business Manager

Steven Gruhalla

Steven Gruhalla

Campus Minister

Steven grew up in a small town south of Pittsburgh where he spent most of his time playing hockey, being with his family, and fostering his love of music. Steven went to church as a family and his faith life was supported by all those around him. Steven attended Niagara University and worked as the director of the chapel student choir. While in college, Steven was involved with events through Campus Ministry where his faith grew stronger and his spiritual life was developed. Steven is always welcoming students to stop by to see all the exciting events going on at the Newman Center!

Phone: 716-636-7495 ext. 22
steveng@newmancenteratub.org

Jon Kolber

Jon Kolber

Building & Maintenance

In his own words… “When I was a UB freshman, I bowled in the Newman Bowling League in the basement of Norton Union. I remember driving my blue VW beetle past the red sign on Skinnersville Road which proclaimed “Future Site Newman Chapel at SUNYAB – Diocese of Buffalo.” I thought to myself many times, no way that will ever happen. Well, here I am, having reached the dark side of the moon, a member of the Newman Center team, helping to keep our beautiful Center a special place for us to gather and celebrate life.”

Liz Papke

Liz Papke

Kitchen Operations/Custodial

Liz has been on staff as our kitchen operations manager and building housekeeper for several years. She holds an Associate Degree in Food Service/Restaurant Management from ECC, and the Wednesday Night Dinners are of special interest to her for the student/parishioner aspect of ministry. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and writing.

Colleen Stephens

Colleen Stephens

Director of Religious Education

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Music Coordinator

Lauren Ministero

Administrative Assistant

Cher Higgins

Administrative Assistant