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 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.
Fr. Patrick oversees the a variety of faith formation ministries, particularly the RCIA program which provides the Sacraments of Initiation. In serving as an assistant chaplain, Fr. Patrick also provides for the spiritual needs of the faculty, staff, and students in a variety of ways through retreats, working as a hall chaplain in connection with Residence Life and serving as a team chaplain in connection with Athletics. Fr. Patrick is an assistant chaplain at Providence College.
Fr. Patrick graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he majored in philosophy and French literature. Following his ordination to the priesthood, he worked on special assignment for the Knights of Columbus in Krakow, Poland, as an organizer at the World Youth Day Mercy Centre. After completing his initial studies at the Dominican House of Studies, he was assigned to Providence, RI, where he served as parochial vicar at St. Pius V Parish and taught at Providence College. Also interested in media evangelization and communications, Fr. Patrick serves as the Deputy Senior Editor of the Catholic news and spirituality website Aleteia.org.
Father Justin Bolger
Fr. Justin works with faith formation ministries and helps in a variety of other ways, especially utilizing his background in a variety of types of music. Through his work as an assistant chaplain, Fr. Justin also helps to serve the wider campus community and provide for the spiritual needs of the students, faculty, and staff.
Fr. Justin grew up in Maryland and hails from a large family. After graduating from the University of Baltimore he played music professionally. He earned a masters in philosophy from Mt. St. Mary’s before entering the Dominican order in 2012. He recently finished his S.T.L. at the Dominican House of Studies and was ordained to the priesthood in May, 2020. Fr. Justin enjoys sports, literature, music, songwriting, and theology. He loves the motto of Providence College, veritas, which means truth. He looks forward to serving the students of Providence as a campus minister and helping them in their search for truth.
Sherry Humes Dane
Director of Liturgical Music
Fr. Peter Gautsch, O.P.
In addition to administering the sacraments and providing pastoral care for students, faculty, and staff, Fr. Peter is the chaplain for Peer Ministry, aiding the spiritual, intellectual, and human development of Providence College students, especially those involved in the Peer Ministry program. He also serves as the chaplain for the women’s basketball team. He loves talking with students, whether about their lives, prayer, theology, music, sports, or any combination of these things!
Fr. Peter was raised in Gallatin, Tennessee, the eldest of eight children. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied theology and music, he entered the Order of Preachers in 2011. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2018 and, after earning an S.T.L. at the Dominican House of Studies, joined the Campus Ministry team at Providence College in 2019.
Campus Minister – Director of Peer Ministry
x1520 As Director of the Peer Ministry program, Allyse works closely with the Peer Ministry Coordinators and Leaders to provide programming and formation for small faith sharing groups while also aiding in the spiritual, intellectual and human formation of those involved in the program. Peer Ministry provides students with an opportunity for community and faith-based discussion while navigating their life in college. Allyse loves walking with students on their journey to knowing and loving God more deeply, and would love to grab coffee with you and hear your story.
Allyse received her Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame with a focus on systematic theology and interests in liturgical theology and formation. Past ministries include high school campus ministry on Long Island, NY, and serving as a Rector at the University of Notre Dame. She is native to Rhode Island, loves the beach, singing, walking and being with the people she loves. Allyse was married to her husband Chris in 2018 and they welcomed their first daughter, Ruth, in 2019. She has been a member of PC Campus Ministry since 2018.
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, PC for Life, 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.