Newman Center Staff

Rev. Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher

Director and 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!”

Steven Gruhalla

Campus Minister, Music Director

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

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.

Sarah Farnett

Campus Minister

Cher Higgins

Administrative Assistant