Pastoral Staff

Pastor:  Fr. Jacek Buda, OP

Father Jacek (pronounced “YAH-tsik”) became pastor of St. Catherine’s in July 2017, after a year of ministering at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, UT. Fr. Jacek was born and raised in Poland, where he joined the Dominican Order and received ordination to the priesthood in 1995. He has been working in the United States since 2000, mostly in campus and high school ministry in New York, Virginia, Minnesota, Oregon, and Arizona. At St. Catherine’s Fr. Jacek’s duties as the pastor include coordinating sacramental life, faith formation, and the administrative needs of St. Catherine’s.

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Director of Campus Ministry:

Fr. Lukasz Misko, OP

Fr. Lukasz Misko (pronounced “Loo-kash”) joined the staff in the summer of 2015. Born in the historic city of Przemysl, Poland, on the crossroads of Western and Eastern Europe, he early fell in love with the richness of both the Christian East and West. Working as a church musician, he came across liturgical music recordings by Dominican Friars. Attracted by the way they sing, Lukasz came to know the way the Dominicans live: with both contemplation and action, both rich community life and pastoral outreach, both learning and teaching. Moved by their preaching and by a contagious joy of their brotherhood, he joined the Order in July 2000. As a friar, he studied philosophy and theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Warsaw and Krakow, and graduated from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland, with a master’s degree in theology. Following his ordination to the priesthood in May 2007, Fr. Lukasz worked as a high school teacher in Poland, religious life advisor at Columbia University in NYC, associate pastor at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, AK, and most recently as the associate director at the University of Washington Newman Center in Seattle. Here at St. Catherine’s Lukasz coordinates the life of campus ministry, reaching out to the University of Utah, Westminster College, and Salt Lake Community College, and organizing the faith formation programs of the Newman Center with the help of student leaders.
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Parochial Vicar:  Fr. Marcin Szymanski, OP

Father Marcin (pronounced “MAHR-chin”) was ordained a priest in 2011. He ministered in Dublin, Ireland, and most recently at the University of Washington Newman Center in Seattle, WA. At St. Catherine’s Fr. Marcin works with all the communities, helping with the sacramental life and faith formation of our diverse ministries.

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Office Manager


Sarah Monette

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Sarah Monette moved to Salt Lake City in 2013, when her husband joined the UofU staff.   She and her family immediately fell in love with this city, this campus, and this parish.  After 20 years on the oceans of New England and another 20 on the prairies of Illinois, these mountains can still make her catch her breath – literally.  Born and baptized a Catholic, Sarah was confirmed as an adult and shortly thereafter became a certified catechist.  She had spent most of her career as a Professional Engineer, but assures you that she is enjoying working with you all as actual people, not numbers.

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ECHO Pastoral Assistant


Angie Hall

Angie was born in Akron, OH where she lived with her parents and younger brother. She attended Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio and graduated with a degree in marketing and a minor in entrepreneurship in 2013. She immersed herself in the Newman Center and led Bible studies and retreats. After graduation, Angie did a year of service with Amate House in Chicago. She served at at Girls in the Game where she coordinated after school programs and taught students about sports, health, and leadership. The next year Angie worked in retreat ministry with Spiritus. She led confirmation retreats for high school students all over Wisconsin. During this period Angie was thinking about religious life, and in August of last year she discerned with the Apostles of the Interior Life in Lawrence, KS. She worked with the sisters in campus ministry at the St. Lawrence Center at the University of Kansas. Angie loved working in campus ministry, but realized that God was calling her to no longer discern with the order. Trusting that God would show her the next step, Angie entered the Echo program at the University of Notre Dame where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Theology. Echo places students in parishes across the country, and Angie is excited to be working at St. Catherine’s in campus ministry. Angie enjoys reading, swing dancing, juggling, hiking, and going on adventures.

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ECHO Pastoral Assistant


Michelle Ahrens

Michelle was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she lived until moving from the Great Lakes to the Salt Lake to work at St. Catherine’s in 2016. She received undergraduate degrees from Mercyhurst University in social work and religious studies, graduating in the spring of 2016. Throughout undergrad, she was involved in youth anti-violence work in her local community, and spent a year living with a Sister of Mercy, while running an after-school program for inner city youth. She also spent two years as a middle school youth minister at a local parish. She is currently a part of the University of Notre Dame Echo program, where she will spend these next two years pursuing a master’s degree in theology, and working at St. Catherine’s. She enjoys any crafting endeavor, such as knitting, basket weaving, or the latest project; sewing her own wedding dress. She also loves coffee, sunrises, and any type of outdoor adventure, and believes that vanilla ice cream, bagels, and fanny packs are all highly underrated.

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Tiffany Martin

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