Welcome to Lourdes Academy Campus Ministry
Degrees and Certifications:
Fr. Kevin Ripley | Chaplain
Fr. Kevin Ripley grew up in Pulaski, WI, with his older brother and parents. He studied at UW-Madison before entering seminary in Mundelein, IL, where he spent the last six years in school. He was ordained a priest on July 10, 2020 by Bishop Ricken and is serving his first assignment at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Oshkosh. Fr. Kevin was drawn to the priesthood in the context of the Mass, Confession, and a growing prayer life, so he hopes to share in those areas with you. Some hobbies of his include reading, rowing, biking, camping, fishing, and playing brass instruments.
Get to Know Fr. Ripley
Is there a bible passage that means a lot to you or that you reference regularly to help guide your daily life? Romans 8:28 is a verse that slowly began to permeate my daily life starting in college when I was at UW-Madison. St. Paul writes, "God makes all things work for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose." Even the small things, even the mundane, even the trials both great and small that God permits, are tied up in his great love and plan for us to be with him forever.
What is one of your goals for this school year and your role as School Chaplain? As chaplain this school year, I would like to start becoming friends with the students and faculty while offering opportunities to encounter Jesus, especially through the Sacraments.
What is one thing students would be surprised to find out about you? One thing students would be surprised to find out about me is that I have a U.S. patent for something I and a few others designed during senior year of college.
Degrees and Certifications:
Miss Natalie Carney | Pastoral Youth Minister
Before coming to Lourdes Academy, Miss Carney worked in the parish setting as the Coordinator of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry for 3 years in Menasha. She decided to go into ministry in college because her youth minister had a great impact on her faith journey in MS/HS and she hopes to help youth in similar ways as they continue on their faith journeys and grow closer in relationship with Jesus.
At Lourdes, the Campus Ministry department hopes to help the youth grow in their faith through Campus Ministry events, Mass prep/participation, chapel Mass, adoration, confession, and faith-based small groups to name a few.
Miss Carney loves to grow in her faith by learning more about the Saints and how their lives aren’t always that much different from our own. They lived ordinary lives, but did extraordinary things with their lives. Her favorite Saints are St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Teresa of Calcutta.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Nikko, doing photography, being creative, and exploring all of the Wisconsin State Parks.