Meet the Staff
Fr. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P.
Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P. oversees Campus Ministry and the work of the Office of the Chaplain. He has been blessed to join students on pilgrimages, service trips, and in their journeys to grow deeper in their relationship with the Lord. He also happily serves as the Hall Chaplain for Aquinas Hall and the Team Chaplain for the Women’s Softball team. Fr. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P. grew up in a large family in Maryland and earned a BA in History at the University of Maryland. After working at a funeral home for a year, he entered the Dominican Order and was ordained a priest in 2014. He came to Providence College as an Assistant Chaplain in 2015 and became the head Chaplain in 2016.
Sherry Humes Dane
Director of Liturgical Music
Campus Minister – Assistant Director of Service Immersion and Social Justice Initiatives
Christine is excited to work with FaithWorks leaders to offer an extraordinary week of pre-orientation service programming to PC’s incoming freshmen. Christine works to organize Campus Ministry’s current service immersion experiences, specifically Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge over Spring Break. Together with the Director of Service Immersion Programs, she hopes to expand both the domestic and international offerings for service immersion experiences. Christine hopes to use her time and talents to support the work of Campus Ministry’s student leaders in their local service offerings. Along with the rest of the Campus Ministry staff, she is available to students as a listening ear and patient presence as we journey in faith together.
Christine graduated from Stonehill College with degrees in English and Religious Studies. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and has been a high school teacher and campus minister for the last twenty one years. She and her husband David have two teenagers – John and Madeleine. They live in Cumberland, RI with their cat, Peter.
Fr. Peter Gautsch, O.P.
Fr. Peter is active in the sacramental life of the College, primarily by regularly celebrating Mass and hearing confessions in St. Dominic Chapel. He also oversees PC for Life, the College’s Knights of Columbus Council, and Faith and Science, and he is the chaplain of the women’s basketball team.
Fr. Peter was raised in Gallatin, Tennessee, the eldest of eight kids. While studying theology and music in college, he found himself drawn to the life of a Dominican friar and before long decided to become one. He was ordained to the priesthood in May 2018. In addition to his role in Campus Ministry, as an assistant chaplain, he also teaches in the Theology Department.
Campus Minister – Director of Peer Ministry
Allyse works with Peer Ministers to aid in their spiritual and human development as leaders of faith. She loves meeting 1:1 with any student to chat about life and things of faith. Her door is always open to anyone! Allyse works closely with Residential Life and Athletics on collaborative projects with Campus Ministry and also runs the Peer Ministry Abroad program.
Allyse grew up in RI and loves New England more than she should! She graduated from Assumption College where she studied Philosophy and Business Management. Her first year out of college she did a year of service at a youth retreat center and fell in love with ministry work. She served as Campus Minister at Holy Trinity High School on Long Island, NY for a few years before returning to graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. After three years of full time study, she graduated with an M.Div. and a husband to be. She served for two years as Rector of Ryan Hall, a residence hall at Notre Dame, before moving back home to RI to start at PC in Campus Ministry. In her first year back in RI, she got married, bought a house, and had a baby! Please come and say hi!
Sr. Anne Frances Klein, O.P.
Campus Minister – Faith Formation
Coming from Boulder, Colorado Sister spent most of her life outside skiing, horseback riding and hiking in the woods. Before becoming a sister, she worked as a registered nurse for the Little Sisters of the Poor in Denver, Colorado. She experienced the great joy of meeting the Dominican Sisters of Nashville, TN and has served as a nurse in her community. She has taught in a variety of schools across the country, received a master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN and became a registered nurse at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN.
As a Campus Minister, Sister loves seeing God’s grace at work in the lives of many students. Whether it is asking questions about what leads to a happy life or guiding students as they discover hidden talents, Sister’s main role in Campus Ministry is helping students grow in friendship with Jesus Christ. She oversees four programs, Youth Education, Frassati Rosary, Multicultural Outreach, and the Women’s Study Group. A highlight of the year is the Women’s Wilderness Retreat where students experience two nights of camping in the New Hampshire woods, Mass on the mountain and animated conversations around the campfire. Sister also works with the Dominican Fathers in the RCIA program teaching a weekly class for students wanting to enter the Catholic church and receive the sacraments.
Campus Minister – Retreats Director
JP oversees all of the Campus Ministry retreats. For the Connections freshmen retreat, Lighthouse sophomore retreat, and Encounter with Christ Retreat, he selects, trains, and oversees student leadership teams that direct these weekends. JP also works with the Campus Ministry Leadership Executive Members, the Events student minister, and our Digital Media student minister as they lead their respective ministries. He looks forward to Thursday evening Bible studies, midweek discussions with small groups of students, and all his interactions with students!
JP graduated from PC’s graduate theology program in 2011 and worked for six years as a high school and middle school youth minister before working at PC. JP and his wife Caitlyn were married in 2017 and have a son John Paul Jr. (JJ) who was born in 2018. He enjoys baseball, spending time on Cape Cod, golfing, and hanging out with family and friends.
Jane Larson McGuirk
Jane Larson McGuirk has had the best job on campus since 1999 and, during that time, has worked with six great Chaplains. She has loved each and every year and each and every student. If you have a random question about Campus Ministry, ask Jane. She won’t always know the answer, but she’ll usually know how to find it. Jane graduated from Bethany College in Kansas a long time ago in a state far far away and went to graduate school at Miami of Ohio. She has two children, Brian and Amy, a granddaughter, Ophelia-Jane, and a golden retriever, Brady. In her spare time, Jane enjoys gardening, reading, building things, and taking Brady for walks on campus, but she especially enjoys playing with Ophelia-Jane.
Campus Minister – Director of Service Immersion and Social Justice
With Christine, Pam oversees all of the service immersion trips and social justice programs. From serving children, elderly, helping out with Special Olympics and hunger advocacy programs, to traveling with us to New Orleans or internationally to Guatemala and Jamaica, Campus Ministry offers you an opportunity to serve God through befriending our brothers and sisters in need. Campus Ministry offers educational resources and programs about Catholic Social Teaching, is home to the Smith Fellows Scholarship that provides a fully paid internship across the globe with Dominican Religious doing works of service and charity, and is always looking at ways to expand PC’s mission to follow the example of St. Dominic and extend a loving embrace to all.
Pam graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an MA in Theology through the Echo Faith Formation program where she was placed in Camden, NJ. It was during this time that she fell in love with God more deeply through befriending and getting to know the marginalized and poor; sparking for her the direction her ministry life would take. Pam is a hobby enthusiast – most recently taking up pottery – enjoys traveling and new adventures, and enjoys getting to be aunty to her two nieces.
Fr. Michael Weibley, O.P.
As one of the chaplains at Providence College, Fr. Michael shares in the care of souls of the students, faculty, and staff with the other chaplains. Fr. Michael feels privileged to serve at Providence College, especially aiding students in discovering their vocations and the ways that God is working in their lives. In Campus Ministry, his primary roles include providing pastoral counseling for our students, administering the Sacraments, and functioning as the chaplain to our Peer Ministry program.
Fr. Michael is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. After graduating from college he entered the Dominican Order and made his simple profession of vows in 2011. He made my solemn profession of vows in 2014, was ordained a deacon in 2015, and was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ in 2016. Upon completion of his studies at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC he was assigned as a chaplain to Providence College in 2017.
Br. Jordan Zajac, O.P.
After growing up in New Bedford, MA, Br. Jordan graduated from Providence College in 2004 as an English major. He thought he wanted was to be an English professor but by the time he earned a PhD in Shakespearean drama, he knew he wanted to be a priest and a friar. Br. Jordan entered the Dominican Order in 2013, and hopes to be ordained to the priesthood in May, 2020.
To any friar you see walking around campus you of course say, “Hi, Father.” Except Br. Jordan! He is still “Brother”—a deacon preparing for ordination to the priesthood. He is on staff this year to assist in various ways, including with the RCIA program. You’ll see him at the priest’s right hand at Mass, helping out with Holy Hours and with retreats, and otherwise hanging out at the Dunkin in Slavin.