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:
Marquette University: Bachelors in Theology and Psychology
Mrs. Amanda Zinthefer | Pastoral Youth Minister
Prior to joining our Lourdes Academy Family, Mrs. Zinthefer taught theology at St. Mary Springs Academy and was a High School Coordinator at Holy Family Church, both located in Fond du lac. She is looking forward to getting to know our Lourdes Academy students and creating an organized framework for students to participate in their faith outside of the classroom.
When talking about her own faith, Mrs. Zinthefer says, “I love Jesus a lot! I try to spend every day loving Him and being loved by Him…with varying success of course!”
With degrees in Theology and Psychology from Marquette University, in addition to coordinating opportunities for students to practice their faith, Mrs. Zinthefer will partner with Mrs. Carie Kollat in the middle school counseling office. Mrs. Zinthefer will lead lessons in middle school classrooms and also support students in their overall social and emotional health.
When not at school, Mrs. Zinthefer enjoys hiking and playing rugby with her husband Jon and dog Bo.